On April 26th, Academy researchers and educators started the trek to the Philippines to get the Philippine Biodiversity Expedition underway, the largest expedition in the Academy’s history.
Entomologist Brian Fisher braves raging rivers, and dense tropical forests as he travels the world searching for new species of ants before they are lost to habitat destruction. Experience a slice of Fisher's life and work through video footage from his field work with ants in Madagascar.
QUEST ventures under a Central Valley bridge to count the bats that make it their home. The bridge is one of the most important roosting places for Mexican free-tailed bats in the Central Valley, where this voracious insect-eating species protects the local crops from pests. Then meet two volunteers who take injured bats into their homes and nurse them to health.
After multiple unmanned missions to Mars, we still don't know if life has ever existed there. NASA scientists are hoping a new high-tech rover will help them solve the mystery. The Mars Science Laboratory is scheduled for launch in late 2011 and will search for any evidence that the Red Planet was once capable of supporting life.
Thousands of northern elephant seals — some weighing up to 4,500 pounds — make an annual migration to breed each winter at Año Nuevo State Reserve, on the San Mateo County coast. Marine biologists are using high-tech tools to explore the secrets of these amazing creatures, which can hold their breath for an hour and dive a mile below the surface.
Fitzgerald Marine Reserve is a place where you can leave city life behind and experience an ephemeral world that is only available to humans when the gravitational pull of the moon and sun create a low tide.
Another mysterious fish die-off happened in a Southern California harbor last week. Scientists are still trying to figure out what caused six tons of sardines to go belly-up in Ventura. Those sardines tested positive for a neurotoxin caused by algae blooms. Meanwhile, commercial shellfish growers say they're noticing some strange patterns as well, as Amy Standen reports.
By bringing biologists to the design table, biomimicry offers solutions for increasing sustainability of products, processes, and systems. A new UC Berkeley course, "How Would Nature Do That?" brings together students from architecture, engineering, business, science, and design disciplines to find solutions to sustainable design challenges.
QUEST treks into the old growth redwood forest in search of the Pacific Banana Slug, Ariolomax dolichophallus.