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NightSchool: New Year, New Species
This year, get more in touch with the natural world. Get a head start on your resolution by learning about just a few of the 213 new species added to the tree of life by Academy researchers this year.
- Why describe new species? Dr. Shannon Bennett, virologist and the Academy’s Chief of Science, is here to remind us that there’s a wealth of diverse species in the world that we don’t know much about (including our new constant companion, SARS-CoV-2), and that learning about them is a critical step in sustaining the planet.
- Together, Curator of Invertebrate Zoology Dr. Terry Gosliner and grad student Lynn Bonomo described four new (beautiful) Chromodoris sea slugs from the Indo-Pacific this year. They’ll give a crash course in what it takes to describe new species, how to do it, and how to name a nudibranch.
- Meet Africa’s first pygmy seahorse species: Hippocampus nalu. Researcher Graham Short joins us with plenty of images and video of this rice-sized seahorse to talk about how it was found, why it’s important, and what’s in a name.
All NightLife virtual programming is intended for audiences 21+.
PAST VIRTUAL NIGHTLIFE EVENTS
Missed the party? Just want to relive the magic? Watch the recorded livestreams on YouTube!
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.