Science Heroes take care of the animals, grow coral, clean tanks, design exhibits, lead tours, educate kids, and lead active research in the field. Below are just a few of the many people behind the Academy.
Mesmerized by the Microscopic
Robert C. Drewes
Stalker of Slitherers
Wild for Elephant Shrews
The Ant Guy
Sea Slug Savant
Academy curators at the Institute for Biodiversity Science and Sustainability are world experts in evolutionary biology, systematics, biogeography, ecology, comparative genomics, and organismal biology. They lead research expeditions around the globe, engage in 12 fields of study, and act as stewards for the Academy’s collection of more than 28 million specimens.
The Steinhart Aquarium is responsible for the care of the living collection at the California Academy of Sciences. With almost 50 employees, the staff includes members from the Animal Health, Husbandry and Engineering Departments. It takes many people with various backgrounds and experience to provide the care needed to maintain this diverse collection. The entire staff takes part in the monitoring of the living collection and makes data driven responses to insure our goal of science based animal management.
The Academy is governed by a distinguished group of scientists who have been appointed Fellows of the California Academy of Sciences. This honor recognizes their notable contributions to one or more of the natural sciences. Fellows are nominated by their colleagues and appointed by the Board of Trustees. They remain members of the Fellowship for life.
Science Love Stories
Listen as Academy scientists recount powerful and inspiring moments in their careers.
Dr. Brian Fisher, Entomology
Dr. Wendy Moore, Entomology
The Academy sponsors a year-round, high-school internship program called Careers in Science. Youths from communities traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are strongly urged to apply. Interns undergo extensive training and fulfill projects in education, research, and administration.
Manager of Careers in Science
These guides are highly trained volunteers who play a vital role in the visitor experience. In the Academy's history, docents have ranged in age from 22 to 94. They channel their passion for lifelong learning and teaching into leading tours, organizing specimen carts, and assisting with public programs.
Manager of Volunteer Services