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Pim Bongaerts and wife Kyra Hay in shallow water after a scientific dive

Pim Bongaerts applies genomics and field ecology to his research into coral reef biodiversity and evolution.

Rebecca Albright studies coral biology and reproduction and co-leads the Academy's Hope for Reefs initiative.

Arachnologist Lauren Esposito in front of a wall of preserved insect specimens

An arachnologist, Lauren Esposito studies the processes and patterns of evolution in spiders and scorpions.

Luiz Rocha studies the ecology and evolution of coral reef fishes.

Shannon Bennett studies infectious diseases that can be transmitted from animals to humans.

As Director of Steinhart Aquarium, Bart Shepherd oversees the Academy’s 38,000 live plants and animals.

Jack Dumbacher's interests include the ecology and evolution of birds and molecular ecology.

Brian Fisher specializes in the large-scale discovery, description, and naming of African and Malagasy ants.

Terry Gosliner is one of the world’s foremost authorities on nudibranchs.

Meg Lowman is the Academy's Lindsay Chair of Botany and studies forest canopy biodiversity and ecology.

Rich Mooi studies the origin and evolution of echinoderms—a group that includes sea urchins and starfish.

Michelle Trautwein studies flies and a breathtaking diversity of organisms that cohabitate with humans.

Gary Williams is one of the world’s experts on octocorals, deep-sea corals, and coral reefs.

John McCosker studies great white sharks and the marine life of the Galápagos Islands.

Herpetologist Robert Drewes has conducted field research in 30 different African countries since 1969.

As Director of Morrison Planetarium, Ryan Wyatt oversees the largest digital fulldome planetarium in the world.