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As collection manager I'm generally responsible for all entomology and arachnology collections, but have particular research interests in the Lepidoptera. Most of my work is focused on the southwest USA, but focus on the Pyraloidea and assorted basal lineages. I teach annually at the Lepidoptera Course in Portal, Arizona.
My principal research interest concerns the systematics of grenadiers, a group of more than 400 deep-sea fishes related to the codfish. Grenadiers are found in all oceans, but 80-90% of the species are confined to subtropical and tropical seas. Most grenadiers live on the continental slope at depths between 200 m and 2000 m, but some range to below 6000 m. A few species are commercially exploited by large trawlers dragging at depths often exceeding 1000 m. The group seems to have evolved in the deep sea, as no shallow-water close relatives are known.
I co-direct Citizen Science at the California Academy of Sciences, where I am also a Research Associate in the Department of Invertebrate Zoology and Geology. For most of my academic career, I have focused on color pattern evolution and untangling the evolutionary history of nudibranchs. In my current work, I support and grow a community of naturalists working together to discover nature and collect important species occurrence data.
Systematics, biogeography, evolution, and natural history of carabid beetles (Coleoptera: Carabidae).
Changes in the altitudinal distributions of montane carabid beetles as indicators of climate change.
Biogeography, ecology, and evolution of high-altitude, montane organisms and faunas.
General aspects of biogeography and evolution.
General principles and methods of systematics.
Rebekah Kim has worked more than 10 years as a well-respected library professional in the Bay Area at institutions such as Dolby Laboratories, Google, the Computer History Museum, the GLBT Historical Society and The Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. In these roles, she helped capture Google’s early history, assisted the production team for the movie “Milk” (2008, directed by Gus Van Sant) and processed physical and digital archival materials from the dawn of the computing age.