CalAcademy’s Lauren Esposito on Scorpions and the LGBTQ+ Scientists Changing Science

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 (Nate Dappen)

Scorpions might be terrifying to most people. But to scientist Lauren Esposito, they are the foundation of her career, which has taken her from a childhood in  El Paso, turning over rocks in search of insects,  to eventually land her  at the California Academy of Sciences. In addition to discovering new species of these arachnids, she’s also become an outspoken advocate for queer scientists. An ongoing exhibit she curated at the California Academy of Sciences celebrates the contributions of LGBTQ+ people. Esposito joins as part of our first person series, which profiles leaders and change-makers in the Bay Area.  We’ll talk with her about the organization she founded, 500 Queer Scientists, why she’s drawn to studying scorpions, and how she has so far  managed to avoid being stung.


Lauren Esposito, curator of arachnology, California Academy of Sciences