Digitizing Botanical Specimens
Through a collaborative project with the California Consortium of Herbaria the California Academy of Sciences is working to digitize label information for our California collections.

Population genomics and conservation of Australian Cycas
Academy botanists are investigating the rare Cycas of Queensland, Australia, with the aim of generating genomic data, population estimates and updated occurrence data.

Moss flora of the island of Kaua'i, Hawai'i
In partnership with the National Tropical Botanic Garden (PTBG), Kalaheo, Kaua'i, researchers at the California Academy of Sciences are revising the moss flora of the island of Kaua'i.

Moss diversity in Yunnan Province, China
Academy bryologist Jim Shevock and the Kunming Institute of Botany's Dr. Wen Zhang 'Dennis' Ma are documenting the rich moss flora in Yunnan Province.

Phylogeny and Circumscription of Madagascar's endemic Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae)
Using both morphological and molecular data, Academy botanists are investigating the relationships of three endemic genera of Princess Flowers (Melastomataceae) in Madagascar.

Flora of San Francisco County
Academy botanist Tom Daniel is working on a project to produce a new and comprehensive flora of San Francisco. 

Taxonomy, Phylogeny, Reproductive Biology, and Conservation of Louteridium (Acanthaceae)
Academy botanists are part of a long-term project to study the 400+ species of the family Acanthaceae (shrimp plants) in Mexico and adjacent regions.

Academy Contributors

Frank Almeda, PhD
Curator of Botany, Emeritus
Tom Daniel, PhD
Curator of Botany, Emeritus
Dr. Manuel Luján
John J. Rose Postdoctoral Fellow (former), Botany
Emily Magnaghi
Collection Manager, Botany
Dr. Heritiana Ranarivelo
Research Associate, Botany
Jim Shevock, Botany Fellow
Research Associate, Fellow, Botany
Senior Collections Manager, Botany, Emeritus


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Contact Us

Collections inquiries:
Emily Magnaghi
Collection Manager
California Academy of Sciences
55 Music Concourse Dr.
San Francisco, CA 94118
(415) 379-5392