Naturalist, Explorer, Scientist, Educator

“He wanted to be the ichthyologist, but I would rather have been the fish.
His dreams were of capture, mine of escape.”


— from Gould’s Book of Fish by Richard Flanagan

Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty is a natural historian, he studies fishes to help understand evolution and the history of our planet. Come share his curiosity and passion for nature.   

Watch the TED talks

Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired myths about evolution, encouraging us to remember that we're a small part of a complex, four-billion-year process -- and not the end of the line. "We're not the goal of evolution," Chakrabarty says.
TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty explores hidden parts of the world in search of new species of cave-dwelling fish. These subterranean creatures have developed fascinating adaptations, and they provide biological insights into blindness as well as geological clues about how the continents broke apart million of years ago.
What if two different fish species, living thousands of miles apart from each other, hold the key to Earth's history? In this TEDx talk, evolutionary biologist and ichthyologist Prosanta Chakrabarty demonstrates the vitality of studies in nature, using 21st century tools to trace Earth's distant history, explain why it is the way it is today -- and theorize its potential futures.