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NightSchool: Heartless, Brainless, Lungless
Jellies have no hearts, brains, or lungs, and are made up of 95% water—how interesting can they be? Find out during an evening with venomologist Anna Klompen, science writer Juli Berwald, Academy biologist Riah Evin, and science illustrator Nick Bezio.
- Juli Berwald is a longtime lover of marine invertebrates, a PhD in ocean science, and the author of Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone. She’ll talk about the mysteries and ecological impacts of jellies, traveling the world to find blooms, and maybe even share a jelly-themed limerick or two.
- Jelly venom is deadly—that’s common knowledge—but how does it compare to other animal venoms? Evolutionary biologist Anna ML Klompen breaks down the science of toxins, stinging cells, and infamous jelly myths.
- Go behind-the-scenes of the Academy’s Steinhart Aquarium with biologist Riah Evin and get a crash course in jelly lifecycles and propagation and learn more about your favorite Academy species.
- Science illustrator Nick Bezio talks about “Jellyfish of the World,” his illustrated guide designed to help us better understand jellies and how to coexist with them.
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PAST VIRTUAL NIGHTLIFE EVENTS
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Upcoming ticketed museum events
Explore the Academy at night and celebrate SF Pride with pop-up performances featuring the Rice Rockettes!
See what’s revealed once the sun goes down and explore the nocturnal side of the Academy. For adults 21+.
Explore the nocturnal side of the Academy and see what makes the museum at night different.
Explore the Academy at night alongside nearly 40,000 live animals. For adults 21+.
Upcoming free virtual events
Tune in for a session dedicated to some of the unique wildlife & ecosystems of Australia.
Celebrate Pride Month with a NightSchool featuring scientists whose queer perspectives are driving new science.
In nature, color is way more than just an aesthetic—learn how it affects the life cycles of countless species.