55 Music Concourse Dr.
Golden Gate Park
San Francisco CA
Regular Hours:


9:30 am – 5:00 pm


11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Members' Hours:


8:30 – 9:30 am


10:00 – 11:00 am

Please note: The Academy will be closing at 3:00 pm on 10/24 (final entry at 2:00 pm). We apologize for any inconvenience.

Parking and traffic in Golden Gate Park will be congested the weekend of Oct. 3–5. Save $3 on Academy admission when you take public transportation.

April Devitt

April is a Biologist for the Steinhart Aquairum.


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise. I work with tropical marine fishes and invertebrates and leafy and weedy sea dragons.

What got you interested in working at an aquarium? As a kid I was fascinated by the ocean and while in college I took a few marine ecology courses.

What do you like most and least about your job?  I enjoy working with the sea dragons, seahorses, and frogfish.

What college did you go to and what degree did you receive?  San Francisco State University. B.S. in Marine Biology 

What influenced your job choice and when?  Volunteering at the California Academy of Sciences while in college.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many? Two cats, Shiloh and Jax.

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. Volunteer.

More about April


April’s Suggested Reading:

“Poseiden’s Steed: The Story of Seahorses, from Myth to Reality” by Helen Scales, 2009 (Gotham Books).

“Sea Change: A Message of the Oceans” by Sylvia A. Earle, 1995 (Ballantine Books).

“The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World” by Jacques Cousteau and Susan Schiefelbein, 2007 (Bloomsbury USA).