The California ACADEMY OF SCIENCES is dedicated to exploring and explaining the natural world and addressing the challenge of sustainability through its scientific research and education initiatives. Through expeditions around the globe and investigations in the lab, academy scientists strive to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of life and guide critical conservation decisions. Through exhibitions, educational programs and partnerships that address these same topics-on-site, in the community, in biodiversity hotspots around the world, and online-the academy aims to ignite curiosity about the natural world, inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists and educators, cultivate a more scientifically literate public, and kindle a commitment to responsible stewardship of our planet.
Exhibits and Public Engagement
$26.9m annual program spend • More than 800 volunteers support the academy annually and provide a connection between the diverse bay area community and the academy's museum, research, and administration. The all- digital morrison planetarium uses scientific data to share current discoveries and present immersive shows. The earthquake exhibit (open through spring 2018) delves into the science of our dynamic planet and how to prepare for seismic events. The new giants of land and sea exhibit celebrates northern California's iconic natural phenomena like redwoods, marine mammals, and fog. The color of life exhibit explores the role of color in the natural world with vibrant live animals, specimens, and immersive interactives. Gems and minerals unearthed showcases specimens from the academy's renowned geology collection.
Biodiversity Science and Sustainability
$15.6m annual program spend • The academy's institute for biodiversity science and sustainability (the "institute") is at the forefront of efforts to understand two of the most important topics of our time: the nature and sustainability of life on earth. The institute is home to more than 100 scientists, state-of-the-art facilities, and nearly 46 million scientific specimens from around the world. The institute also leverages the expertise and efforts of more than 100 international associates and 450 distinguished fellows. Through expeditions around the globe, investigations in the lab, and analysis of vast biological datasets, the institute's scientists work to understand the evolution and interconnectedness of organisms and ecosystems, the threats they face around the world, and the most effective strategies for sustaining them into the future. Through innovative partnerships and public engagement initiatives, they also guide critical sustainability and conservation decisions worldwide, inspire and mentor the next generation of scientists, and foster responsible stewardship of our planet.during 2018, academy researchers added 229 new plant and animal species to our family tree, enriching our understanding of earth's complex web of life and strengthening our ability to make informed conservation decisions. Academy scientists presented papers at meetings and workshops and participated in over 30 expeditions to 15 countries and had over 300 local field responses to marine mammal strandings. 34,192 specimens were added to the collection via new acquisitions and 286,067 by donation while 29,852 specimens were loaned to other institutions. The academy managed 22 government grants from the national science foundation, noaa, usfs, usaid, and others as well as state grantors.cumulative to date, citizen science efforts through the inaturalist Mobile application have led to over 18 million observations of over 190,000 species made by 1.4m users.
$12.6m annual program spend • The steinhart aquarium is home to 38,000 live animals from around the world and hosts the largest and deepest indoor coral reef in the world. The four-story rainforest has free-flying birds and butterflies and exotic reptiles and amphibians. African hall is home to a colony of african penguins.