Associate Curator and Follett Chair, Ichthyology
Reef Fish Evolution and Ecology, Mesophotic Coral Reef Exploration

My research interests and experience are centered on the evolution, phylogeography (or the geographic distribution of genetic lineages), conservation, biogeography, systematics and community and behavioral ecology of coral reef fishes. I frequently try to combine these fields, invoking ecology to help explain evolutionary patterns and using molecular tools to test biogeographic and systematic hypotheses.

Lauren gopher snake
Collection Manager, Herpetology
Assistant Curator, Invertebrate Zoology and Geology
Coral reef biology

My research focuses on the capacity of benthic marine organisms to cope with changing environmental conditions. Specifically, I have devoted the last ten years to understanding how coral reef organisms are impacted by changing seawater chemistry (ocean acidification), alone and in combination with warming.

Dr. Zeray Alemseged in the field
Research Associate & Fellow, Anthropology
Paleoanthropology/Human Evolution, Paleoclimate and Paleoecology, Paleolithic Archeology, Geological Processes and Human Evolution

My research interest revolves around the key issue of how we became human through evolutionary processes. My research program focuses on the discovery and interpretation of hominin fossils and their environments with emphasis on fieldwork designed to acquire new data on early hominid skeletal biology, environmental context, and behavior. I also employ recently developed imaging and visualization techniques to investigate internal and external fossil anatomies.

Frank Almeda, PhD
Curator of Botany, Emeritus
Botany, Biodiversity, Evolution, Biogeography

Using flowering plants to address questions about plant biodiversity, biogeography, and evolution, I am interested in why some families of flowering plants are so species-rich and the factors that have promoted this diversification. Can certain families of plants be used as indicators of biodiversity hotspots and can this information be useful in conservation decisions? I am also studying species in a megadiverse family of plants like Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae) to determine how they are related to one another and where they fit into the tree of life for flowering plants.

Chief of Science and Hind Dean of Science & Research Collections, Patterson Scholar, Associate Curator of Microbiology

Dr. Bennett is the Chief of Science and Harry and Diana Hind Dean of Research and Collections. She was the Academy's first ever Associate Curator of Microbiology, helping broaden the Academy’s research scope to include a dedicated focus on viruses and bacteria. Her specialty lies in infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

David Bettman
Curatorial Assistant I
Research Associate
Biodiversity Informatics, Ichthyology

I am a zoologist by training, but since 1990 I have been working full-time in biodiversity informatics – the application of information technologies to biodiversity science. Academy scientists generate enormous amounts of information as they collect, describe, document, and compare organisms. That information comes in a variety of forms, including text, photographs, DNA sequences, taxonomic names, classifications, distributions maps, and ultimately publications.

Anthropology Research Associate Dr. Todd Braje
Research Associate, Anthropology

Dr. Todd Braje is an anthropological archaeologist, associate professor, and Research Associate in Anthropology at the California Academy of Sciences. His research interests include the deep history of maritime migrations and adaptations, human-environmental ecodyamics, and historical ecological approaches to understanding hunter-gatherer-fishers.

Senior Collections Manager, Ichthyology

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