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

The Academy will be closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Planetarium will be closed Sep. 22, 23, 24

Brooke Weinstein

Brooke is a Biologist for the Steinhart Aquarium.


Briefly describe your job and your area of expertise.  I am responsible for all of the aquaria in the Bolla, including the 110,000 gallon Amazon Flooded Forest exhibit. I also take care of the freshwater stingrays and several other freshwater displays throughout the aquarium. I am especially interested in the cultivation of aquatic plants and spend a lot of my time trimming and fertilizing. I also care for the African penguins and bats a couple of days per week and spend at least a couple of hours diving. 

What got you interested in becoming a Biologist? My parents were always encouraging me to spend time exploring outdoors and, from an early age, I became fascinated with the diversity and complexity of ecosystems. 

What do you like most and least about your job? I love everything about my job and wouldn’t want to be doing anything else!

What college did you go to and what degree did you receive? I have a BSc in Biology from Georgetown University with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior.

What influenced your job choice and when? Destiny.

Do you have pets at home? What and how many? I have a dog named Marmot, a snake named Cousteau, and two fire-bellied salamanders named Flotsam and Jetsam.

Advice for someone wanting to go into your field. Hone your skills by maintaining aquaria at home, get a good science education, volunteer to gain experience, and don’t be afraid to get dirty!

More about Brooke


Selected Articles and Publications

Brown, K. M., Baltazar, G. A., Weinstein, B. N., Hamilton, M. B. Isolation and Characterization of Nuclear Microsatellite Loci and in the Anadromous Marine Fish Morone saxatilis. Molecular Ecology Notes (2003) 3, 414-416.


Brooke’s Suggested Reading:

“Ecology of the Planted Aquarium” by Diana Walstad, 2003 (Echinodorus Publishing)

“The Ancestor’s Tale: A Pilgrimage to the Dawn of Evolution” by Richard Dawkins, 2004 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)



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