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The Importance of Rainforests

Saving the rainforests—rich in biodiversity and critical to the carbon cycle—can help save our planet.

Scientists offer solutions to protect forests and biodiversity in Borneo and promote economic growth.
The Importance of Rainforests
This forest reserve in Peru has the largest amphibian and reptile diversity on the planet.
The Importance of Rainforests
Two recent studies demonstrate how vegetation in the rainforest increases rainfall.


Most animals need more than a sparkling personality to attract a mate.

Love in the animal world can be quite an adventure.
Scientists are looking at fruit fly brains to understand how humans make decisions.
When it comes to male beetles and their insecurities, size does matter.

When Nature Glows

Much like color, bioluminescence aids organisms in attracting mates, luring meals, or warning against potential predators.

Uncover the science behind the bioluminescence of some very special fungi.
When Nature Glows
Small organisms called dinoflagellates light up the water along the California coast.
When Nature Glows
Anglerfish live in the depths of the Pacific Ocean and use a phosphorescent bulb to attract prey.

Color in Nature

More than purely pretty, color plays an invaluable role in sending signals between living organisms.

Flamboyant Cuttlefish
Learn how and why octopuses, squid, and cuttlefish change colors.
Color in Nature
Some octopuses can sense light with their skin.
Color in Nature
Discover how monarch butterflies' iconic colors are displayed in their genes.

Academy Voices

Learn more about the symbiosis between cleaner wrasses and their clients
Genomics provides evidence for the role of selection in the diversification of fishes.
Academy researcher John McCosker talks about local sharks and efforts to protect them.
Academy scientists describe some of the spectacular organisms that can be discovered in the shallows.

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With the drought in California, salmon smolts are hitching a ride to get to the open ocean.

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A newly discovered frog can change textures from smooth to "punk rocker" in a matter of minutes!
By taking high resolution images of our collections, the Academy is making our specimens available to the world.
The dottyback, a small reef fish, can use mimicry to fool multiple species of prey.
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