Education

2006                 Doctor of Philosophy in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of  Michigan, Dissertation:"Phylogenetic and Biogeographic Analyses of Greater Antillean and Middle American Cichlidae."

2000                 Bachelor of Science in Applied Zoology, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.

Professional Positions

2014 – Present    Associate Professor/Curator of Fishes, Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Museum of Natural Science, LA.

2016 - Present     Research Associate National Museum of Natural History Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

2012 - Present     Research Associate, Division of Vertebrate Zoology, American Museum of Natural History, NY.

2016 - 2017        Program Director for National Science Foundation (Visiting Scientist, Engineer Program), Systematics and Biodiversity Sciences Cluster in the Division of Environmental Biology, Directorate for Biological Sciences, VA.

2008 - 2014        Assistant Professor/Curator of Fishes, Louisiana State University, Department of Biological Sciences, Museum of Natural Science, LA.

2006 - 2008        Post-doctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History, Department of Ichthyology, NY.

Awards & Honors (selected)

2018 Senior TED Fellow
2016 Class of TED Fellows 
2016 Rainmaker, 2015 Mid-Career Scholar Award, LSU
2013 LSU Rainmaker Award Emerging Scholar
2012 Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Macdonald Campus, McGill University
2011 Top Ten Species of 2010 by the International Institute of Species Exploration Halieutichthys intermedius Ho, Chakrabarty & Sparks 2010
2006 Carl and Laura Hubbs Fellow, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
2005 University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award

Teaching

Books

Selected Publications (selected of 60+)