Contact the Department

  • Botany Administrator
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 415-379-5361 (direct)

Contact the Collections Manager

For inquiries please contact:

  • Debra Trock
  • Senior Collections Manager
  • California Academy of Sciences
  • 55 Music Concourse Drive
  • San Francisco, CA 94118
  • 415-379-5363 (direct)

Specimens & Identifications

Positive identifications can be made if a specimen is brought to the Naturalist Center.


Contact Botany Staff

Please visit our department staff page to find the appropriate team member in regards to your inquiry.


  • My garden won’t grow. What advice do you have for me?

    Please contact your local garden center.  A Botanist studies the science of Botany which records the structure of plants, the functions of their parts, the places they grow, their classification, and the terms used to describe them.  For more information on famous Botanists in history please read the "collectors" tab on the homepage.

  • I have a rare live plant? May I donate it to the Department of Botany?

    Live specimens may carry pests that would contaminate our collections.  We do not keep any live specimens in the department.   You may want to try contacting the Arboretum or the Conservatory of Flowers for a live plant donation.

    If you are interested in making a monetary donation to the Department of Botany, please contact CAS’s Development Office.  Their contact info is:  (415) 379-5405, or e-mail:

  • I would like to visit the Herbarium at California Academy of Sciences. Who should I contact?
  • I found a plant and would like to know what it is. Who should I contact?

    Please contact the Naturalist Center. If they are not able to identify the plant they will get in touch with a Botanist for you.  This is the quickest way to get a response to your question. 

  • I searched your database but didn’t find the type specimen I was looking for; can you suggest another database to search?