The Science of Sustainability

Tag: california academy of sciences

Captive Breeding Program May Ensure Survival for African Frogs

Captive Breeding Program May Ensure Survival for African Frogs

As “canaries in the coal mine” for a changing environment, a select group of African frogs may help scientists protect endangered frog species far and wide.

Continue Reading

The State of California's Sea Otters

The State of California's Sea Otters

Southern sea otters are local icons, gracing a plethora of souvenirs, murals and postcards throughout central and northern California. With a face like that, it’s easy to see why. But sea otters themselves are not so plentiful. In honor of Sea Otter Awareness Week at the end of September, take a closer look at what’s behind that furry façade.

Continue Reading

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

Be Moved by "Earthquake": A New E-book and iTunes U Course

What are earthquakes? Gain a new perspective on these powerful phenomena with an e-book and iTunes U course co-produced by the California Academy of Sciences and KQED.

Continue Reading

Plan an Ocean-Friendly Staycation

Plan an Ocean-Friendly Staycation

In the spirit of World Oceans Day last week, I decided to research vacation ideas that offer a chance to actually help out the ocean. The goal was to seek out personal ocean interactions that support conservation efforts either directly or at least financially. String a few of these Bay Area activities together, and you've got yourself an ocean-friendly staycation.

Continue Reading

One Whale's Tale

One Whale's Tale

A rooftop is a long way from the deep blue sea, so when I learned that the skull of a juvenile minke whale was resting atop the California Academy of Sciences' living roof, my curiosity was piqued.

Continue Reading

Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Color Evolution in Nudibranchs

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, postdoctoral researcher from the California Academy of Sciences, tells why nudibranchs evolved to have such beautiful and brilliant color patterns to aid in their defense.

Continue Reading

The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

The Curious and Infamous Camel Spider

Although not a spider, the camel spiders – also known as the wind scorpion or sun spider – has taken its place amongst many tall tales and urban legends.

Continue Reading

Producers Notes: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

Producers Notes: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

Collections Manager Norman Penny gives Science on the SPOT a small peek at The Cal Academy’s vast butterfly collection.

Continue Reading

Science on the SPOT: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

Science on the SPOT: Cal Academy Butterfly Collection

The California Academy of Sciences has the largest collection of biological reference materials west of the Mississippi River. Norman Penny, collections manager of the entomology department, gives QUEST viewers a peek at the academy's vast butterfly collection.

Continue Reading

Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

Producer's Notes: "The Great White Shark Song" Live!

So to celebrate the return of the great white sharks the the Farallon Islands and the opening of the new Farallones exhibit at Cal Academy, QUEST presents “The Great White Shark Song: Live at the Farallones!” by Andy Brandy Casagrande IV.

Continue Reading

Happy Birthday, Claude!

Happy Birthday, Claude!

I have a birthday month in common with Claude, the Albino Alligator at the California Academy of Sciences! On Wednesday morning, September 15, 2010 – Claude celebrated his golden birthday and turned 15 years old.

Continue Reading

SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

SF Scientist Discovers Earliest Tool Use by Human Ancestors

A Bay Area researcher found evidence that an ancient human ancestor was using stone tools nearly a million years earlier than previously documented.

Continue Reading

Ants: The Invisible Majority

Ants: The Invisible Majority

Most of us think ants are just pests. But not Brian Fisher. Known as "The Ant Guy," he's on a mission to show the world just how important and amazing these little creatures are and in the process, catalog all of the world's 30,000 ant species before they become casualties of habitat loss. But he can't do it without our help.

Continue Reading

The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

The Great White Shark: Meet the Man in the Gray Suit

Worldwide sharks are now threatened due to extreme overfishing to satisfy the shark fin trade. QUEST ventures to The Farallon Islands and discovers that the creature of our imaginations may not be the monster we think it is. See why scientists are now tracking the movements of great white sharks in hopes of protecting them.

Continue Reading

The Largest Land Mammal That Ever Lived

The Largest Land Mammal That Ever Lived

With Extreme Mammals opening in less than a month, new boxes and displays are popping up every day.

Continue Reading

Holding Hands with an Octopus

Holding Hands with an Octopus

A week ago on Tuesday morning, a co-worker and I were able to go behind the scenes and visit with the Giant Red Octopus and his trainer.

Continue Reading

Famous African-American Scientists and Innovators: Part III

Famous African-American Scientists and Innovators: Part III

Black History Month is a remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African-Americans and takes place February of each year.

Continue Reading

Passing Time in a Museum

Passing Time in a Museum

Time is measured a bit differently by those who work in a museum. Exhibits both permanent and temporary have a lot to do with this.

Continue Reading

Five Years of Wandering Through the Steinhart

Five Years of Wandering Through the Steinhart

I have been working for the California Academy of Sciences for five years now this month. I have always held a fondness for the aquarium.

Continue Reading

San Francisco Science Scene

San Francisco Science Scene

I love researching and I always have. In high school, the librarians knew me by name because I spent more time with books than peers. In college, I would pick paper topics specifically to gain access to the Bancroft rare books library at Cal. In school, it was easy to fuel my nerdy interests and get lost into a battle of wits amongst friends but in adulthood, I have had to search for like-minded people and events. Below is my list of favorites intellectual haunts in the city.

Continue Reading