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The Scientific Publications Department at the California Academy of Sciences has published a vast amount of scientific literature since 1854, representing an array of natural history disciplines. The Academy’s original focus of exploring and explaining the fauna and flora of the western United States quickly expanded to include discoveries from all over the world—most notably the Galapagos Islands, the Pacific Islands, western North America and Mexico, China, Madagascar, Myanmar, the Philippines, New Guinea, southwest Asia, Africa and the islands of the Gulf of Guinea.

Scientific Publications offers a window into the exciting discoveries of our scientists, whose research forms the basis of knowledge regarding the evolution and dispersal of many different species of plants and animals. At the same time, our scientists are creating integral global relationships with their foreign counterparts and several communities. These collaborations often lead to an exchange of ideas and information, new educational programs and opportunities, the establishment of museums or naturalist centers, and unique conservation projects dedicated to protecting species and habitats that are under threat.

Downloadable Publications

Hearst Special Publication
Arranged and edited by Gary Williams and Terrence Gosliner

Occasional Paper #161
The Herpetological Literature of Southwestern Asia: An Indexed Bibliography, Second Edition
By Alan E. Leviton and Steven C. Anderson

Occasional Paper #157
The Herpetological Literature for Southwestern Asia: An Indexed Bibliography
By Alan E. Leviton and Steven C. Anderson 

Occasional Paper #156, Part I
Catalogue of Diatom Names, Part I: Introduction and Bibliography
By Elisabeth Fourtanier and J. Patrick Kociolek

Occasional Paper #156, Part II
Catalogue of Diatom Names, Part II: Abas through Bruniopsis
By Elisabeth Fourtanier and J. Patrick Kociolek

Occasional Paper #155
Darwin: A Reader's Guide
By Michael T Ghiselin


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Alan E. Leviton
Curator Emeritus
California Academy of Sciences
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Alan E. Leviton, Editor

Katherine Piatek, Managing Editor

Gary C. Williams, Associate Editor

Michael Ghiselin, Associate Editor

Tomio Iwamoto, Associate Editor

Michele L. Aldrich, Consulting Editor


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