Director of Science Integration and Operations
Meg Burke is the Director of Science Integration and Operations at the California Academy of Sciences (CAS) in San Francisco, California, where she oversees the integration of CAS research with educational programs and works to help maintain smooth operational functioning of research efforts. Burke received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hollins College, Virginia, and her Ph.D. in Zoology from Duke University, North Carolina. Her primary research and education interests focus on animal behavior, ecology, science literacy, and environmental conservation. She was a university biology professor for 17 years before joining CAS in 1998. Her work at CAS focused on science education for many years until switching to the research division more recently. She has numerous scientific and popular publications and has received a variety of grants to support scientific research, museum exhibits, and educational programming. She was deeply involved in the planning and implementation of the complete renovation of CAS, helping create the award-winning sustainable building, exhibits, and educational programs. Burke’s science research background has helped ensure that authentic science content and processes are integrated into educational programs, materials and exhibits.