The Academy's millions of scientific specimens represent a priceless record of life on Earth. We mobilize these specimens for scientific analysis and conservation work by creating a globally accessible digital museum for scientists and citizen scientists alike.
Through web portals, specialized databases, crowdsourcing, cutting edge imaging technology, and more, we surface data that contributes to scientific discoveries and informs critical conservation decisions. The data has been to used to help identify biodiversity hotspots, to guide biologists' recommendations for the preservation of endangered species, and to provide the tools that fuel large-scale biodiversity analyses.
We maintain, migrate, and support the digital collections of eight distinct Academy departments—an ever-evolving process that currently encompasses more than 1.9 million specimens.
Our staff includes specialists in the fields of informatics, digitization, taxonomy, data management design, and more. Meet our department leads via the link below.
The Digitization Lab is a centralized resource for digitizing our biodiversity collections. We use advanced imaging and metadata extraction techniques to create a digital, globally accessible museum.
Specimen imaging takes place daily in the Academy's Project Lab—stop by for a glimpse of the incredible detail captured by the Digitization Team.
Search our popular California Wildflowers database by color, or by common, Latin, or family name.
Help collect data for ongoing Academy research from home or in the field—it's fun, easy, and helps scientists answer big questions.