The California Academy of Sciences Selects
Dr. Chris Andrews as new Director of Steinhart Aquarium

SAN FRANCISCO (January 13, 2005) - California Academy of Sciences Executive Director Patrick Kociolek, Ph.D., has announced that Chris Andrews, Ph.D., will join the Academy as the Director of Steinhart Aquarium at the beginning of March. Andrews is currently the Executive Director of the South Carolina Aquarium in Charleston. "In this position, Chris has demonstrated the ability to steer an aquarium from the planning phases into a financially viable facility that maintains excellence in programming, customer service and community involvement," said Kociolek. "This experience will be especially valuable to the Academy as we prepare for the 2008 opening of our new aquarium, natural history museum, and planetarium in Golden Gate Park."

Before he joined the South Carolina Aquarium, Andrews served as the Director of Husbandry and Operations, and later as the Senior Director of Biological Programs, at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. He also worked as a Curator at the London Zoo, where he was involved in the design process for a new Aquarium and Invertebrate House. A British native, Andrews was born in Bath, where he nurtured a childhood fascination with reptiles and amphibians. Herpetology is still a hobby for him, although he wrote his dissertation on fish parasitology and has focused most of his research efforts on the parasites and diseases that afflict fish. He is also interested in water chemistry and its impact on the health of fish populations, as well as the captive reproduction of fish under controlled conditions.

"Chris brings a wealth of experience to his new position at the Academy," said Kociolek, "and we are excited to have him join our team at the beginning of March."


The California Academy of Sciences, the fourth largest natural history museum in the United States, is home to Steinhart Aquarium, Morrison Planetarium and the Natural History Museum. The Academy is beginning an extensive rebuilding project in Golden Gate Park. Pritzker prize-winning architect Renzo Piano is designing the new Academy, which is expected to open in 2008.

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