Monarch Collections

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CAS-ANTWEB

AntWeb

AntWeb is the world's largest online database of images, specimen records, and natural history information on ants. It is community driven and open to contribution from anyone with specimen records, natural history comments, or images. Our mission is to publish for the scientific community high quality images of all the world's ant species. AntWeb provides tools for submitting images, specimen records, annotating species pages, and managing regional species lists.
Contact: Brian Fisher (bfisher@calacademy.org)


CAS-BIT

bit Lab

This is a temporary production environment for digitizing Botany specimens with OCR and automatic parsing.
Contact: Anne Barber (abarber@calacademy.org)


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Botany

The slopes of Colombia, China's Yunnan Province, the plateau forests of Madagascar, the fields of California - Academy botanists travel the world to discover new species, collect plants for our herbarium, and contribute to our extensive database. With a history of pioneering action that began in 1893 with botany curator Alice Eastwood, today's department is a robust collection of leading researchers, scientists, fellows, and students. Our resources include a 2 million specimen collection containing more than 11,000 types, as well as the John T. Howell Botanical Laboratory.
Contact: Deb Trock (dtrock@calacademy.org)


CAS-ENT

Entomology

Insects and arachnids account for more than four-fifths of all described species in the world. By participating in everything from multi-disciplinary biodiversity surveys to focused, ongoing projects around the globe, Academy entomologists continue to add to that number — and to our understanding of insect and arachnid roles and relationships — each and every year. Since the department's founding in 1862, our collection has grown to become one of the four largest entomology collections in North America, encompassing approximately 250,000 species of insects, myriapods, and arachnids. Led by curators Brian Fisher, Lauren Esposito, and Michelle Trautwein, today's department includes scholars, students, and support staff comprising a broad range of expertise.
Contact: Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org)


CAS-INV

Entomology Inventory

Thanks to generous support from the National Science Foundation, Department of Entomology has inventoried and databased all of the species names in the entire pinned insect collection. This species-level database includes 6,467,135 specimens representing 147,693 taxa. It does not include information on groups of arthropods normally kept in alcohol with the exception of the Trichoptera (caddis-flies) and Embiidina (web-spinners). It also does not include information on specimens out on loan (more than 1,000,000 specimens), and the approximately 4 million specimens gathered as part of the Madagascar Arthropod Biodiversity Project.
Contact: Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org)
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CAS-TYPE

Entomology Type Collection

Contact: Chris Grinter (cgrinter@calacademy.org)

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CAS-GEO

Geology

Established in 1914, Invertebrate Zoology is one of the oldest departments in the Academy, representing more than 160 years of scientific research. In combining with the Department of Geology in 1982, it became home not only to the most diverse collections in the Academy — encompassing an enormous range specimens and strengths — but to a robust staff of curators, researchers, collection managers, students, and more. Through field and lab work, multi-disciplinary expeditions, and scientific publications, our scientists rigorously advance knowledge in their areas of expertise. From octocorals and opisthobranch mollusks to echinoderms and paleontology, our work — and the collections we maintain — is a vital piece of the Academy's overall efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.
Contact: Anne Barber (abarber@calacademy.org)


CAS

Herpetology

The Academy's herpetology collection began in 1853 with a single Galápagos tortoise shell. It has since grown to be the 6th largest reptile and amphibian collection in the world and serves as a important repository of information for Academy scientists and others seeking to better understand these fascinating and important creatures. In addition to documenting species and their distribution around the world, our scientists and collaborators are at the forefront of many other aspects of herpetological research and conservation — examining the evolutionary relationships of various taxonomic groups, assessing and working to protect against population threats, and developing captive breeding programs and strategies to help maintain genetic stocks of critically endangered species.
Contact: Jens Vindum (jvindum@calacademy.org)


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Ichthyology

With 1.2 million fish specimens from around the world, our collection represents a significant cross-section of aquatic life. The strengths of our holdings lie principally in marine fishes of the western and central Pacific, especially California, as well as freshwater fishes from South America and southeastern Asia. To further support marine research and the wider ichthyology community, we also house older historic collections from North America and a large number of type specimens.
Contact: David Catania (dcatania@calacademy.org)

iNaturalist

iNaturalist.org is a website where anyone can record their observations from nature. Members record observations for numerous reasons, including participation in citizen science projects, class projects, and personal fulfillment.
Contact: Ken-ichi Ueda (kueda@calacademy.org)


CAS-IZ

Invertebrate Zoology

Established in 1914, Invertebrate Zoology is one of the oldest departments in the Academy, representing more than 160 years of scientific research. In combining with the Department of Geology in 1982, it became home not only to the most diverse collections in the Academy — encompassing an enormous range specimens and strengths — but to a robust staff of curators, researchers, collection managers, students, and more. Through field and lab work, multi-disciplinary expeditions, and scientific publications, our scientists rigorously advance knowledge in their areas of expertise. From octocorals and opisthobranch mollusks to echinoderms and paleontology, our work — and the collections we maintain — is a vital piece of the Academy's overall efforts to explore, explain, and sustain life on Earth.
Contact: Chrissy Piotrowski (cpiotrowski@calacademy.org)


CAS-MAM

Mammalogy

Contact: Moe Flannery (mflannery@calacademy.org)


CAS-ORN

Ornithology

Contact: Moe Flannery (mflannery@calacademy.org)