Dave Kavanaugh, Yunnan Province, China
Curator of Entomology, Emeritus

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 portrait
Head Librarian

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.

Senior Curatorial Assistant, Invertebrate Zoology
Laboratory & Collections Manager
Curator of Herpetology, Emeritus
Dr. Manuel Luján
John J. Rose Postdoctoral Fellow, Botany

Documenting the world's vast plant diversity has been one of the most challenging endeavors in the natural sciences. Inspired by the exuberant tropical plant diversity, my research interests started with floristic projects on cloud forests and tropical wet forest relicts in Venezuela. I have studied species diversity and taxonomy of the giant genus Croton (Euphorbiaceae) and participated in collaborative projects on the systematics of the diverse genus Ruellia (Acanthaceae).

Curatorial Assistant, Botany
Curatorial Assistant, Botany

I received my M.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology from San Francisco State University in 2010, studying the genus Mendoncia (a tropical vine) in Africa and Madagascar. At CAS, I focus on curatorial projects and specimen preparation.

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Chair and Curator of Aquatic Biology, Emeritus

My research focus has combined field and laboratory studies of aquatic animal evolution and behavior, ranging from microscopic bioluminescent bacteria to macroscopic man-eating elasmobranchs.

Program Coordinator

I am the Project Coordinator for the California Academy of Science’s involvement in the LEARN CitSci research project. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum of LA, Natural History Museum of London and education research partners in the the UK and US, this project aims to better understand the ways that citizen science can affect and educate youth.

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