Ryan Wyatt

Director of Science Visualization
California Academy of Sciences

Ryan Wyatt has served as Senior Director of Morrison Planetarium and Science Visualization at the California Academy of Sciences since April 2007. Prior to arriving in San Francisco, Wyatt worked for six years as Science Visualizer at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; previously, he opened technologically-advanced planetariums in Phoenix, Arizona, and Albuquerque, New Mexico. Wyatt has written and directed the Academy’s seven award-winning fulldome on topics as diverse as asteroids, earthquakes, ecosystems, and coral reefs. Wyatt’s professional interests include making research data sets accessible to the general public and developing standards and best practices in the fulldome video community. He writes extensively on the design of immersive media and the role of modern planetariums in bringing cutting edge science to a variety of audiences, and his “Visualizing Science” blog provides an informal look at his ideas and opinions related to visual representations of science. He is also the cofounder of the professional organization Immersive Media Entertainment, Research, Science, and Art (IMERSA) and co-chaired the 2017 and 2019 Gordon Research Conferences on Visualization in Science and Education. Wyatt also indulges avid enthusiasms for cultural astronomy, the history of science, and intersections between art and science.