Get to know some of the scientists and researchers who study and conserve this amazing place we call home. They’re the boots on the ground who discover (or rediscover) species, study how our natural world is changing, interpret earth’s history and evolution, and care for the 8 million specimens in our collection.
Entomologist Michael Wall conducts research on insect evolution and spearheads the biodiversity research and conservation efforts at The Nat. More.
Pamela Horsley oversees the day-to-day activities in the entomology collection and provides collection registration services across the Museum. More.
Jon Rebman specializes in cacti and the floras of the southern California and the Baja California regions. More.
Layla Aerne Hains cares for the nearly 300,000 specimens in our herbarium and manages departmental digitization efforts. More.
Philip Unitt wrote the book on birds—literally. He studies the distribution, ecology, history, identification, and conservation of California birds. More.
Paleontologist Tom Deméré studies the origin and evolution of marine mammals and heads up the Museum’s paleontological mitigation services program. More.
Kesler Randall specializes in the identification of fossil vertebrates and oversees the digitization and accessibility of the paleontology collections. More.
Bradford Hollingsworth specializes in the amphibians and reptiles of our region, focusing on their taxonomic diversity, historical biogeography, and conservation. More.
Frank Santana manages our collection of more than 76,000 herpetology specimens and focuses on the conservation and ecology of endangered amphibians in the region. More.
Ariel Hammond specializes in data and information sciences. She oversees the Research Library and serves as curator of the library exhibition. More.
Kevin Clark coordinates contracting and research opportunities for museum scientists and works to monitor, conserve, and recover endangered species and habitats in the region. More .
Scott Tremor specializes in the taxonomy, distribution, ecology, and conservation of the mammals of southern California and Baja California. More .
Lori Hargrove studies species’ distributions and habitat relationships, including the effects of fire and climate change on birds. More .
One of the area’s leading bat biologists, Drew researches and helps protect this misunderstood but ecologically invaluable mammal. More .
Brenna Ogg partners with organizations in the public and private sectors to study and conserve rare and endangered species. More .