California Academy of Sciences
I assumed my role as Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences in April 2007. Since the Academy reopened in September 2008, more six million people have visited. I have written and directed the Academy’s three full-length fulldome productions, “Fragile Planet” (2008), “Life: A Cosmic Story” (2010), and “Earthquake: Evidence of a Restless Planet” (2012).
The completely rebuilt Morrison Planetarium utilizes the latest in digital dome technology, with the goal of helping to redefine the planetarium for the 21st Century. In the coming years, we will provide an exciting immersive forum for science visualization across a variety of disciplines.In addition to the planetarium, the Academy features other new media venues, including two smaller dome spaces, a stereoscopic theater, and numerous high-resolution video environments.
Prior to arriving in San Francisco, I worked for six years as Science Visualizer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, contributing to the fulldome productions “The Search for Life” (2002) and “Cosmic Collisions” (2006). Previously, I opened technologically-advanced planetariums in Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have also worked to develop standards and “best practices” in the planetarium community; along with Dan Neafus and Ed Lantz, I am one of the Founding Directors of IMERSA (Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science & Arts), which celebrates and promotes immersive digital experiences for education and entertainment in planetariums, schools, museums, and attractions.
On an informal level, my “Visualizing Science” blog provides a look at my ideas and opinions related to visual representations of science. I also indulge avid enthusiasms for archeoastronomy as well as the history of science and the intersection between art and science.