Dr. Prosanta Chakrabarty
is an Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes at the Museum of Natural Science and Department of Biological Science at Louisiana State University. He is also a Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and Smithsonian in Washington, D.C. He is a systematist and an ichthyologist studying the evolution and biogeography of both freshwater and marine fishes. His work includes studies of Neotropical (Central and South America, Caribbean) and Indo-West Pacific (Indian and Western Pacific Ocean) fishes. His natural history collecting efforts include trips to Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Madagascar, Panama, Kuwait, and many other countries. He has discovered over a dozen new species including new anglerfishes and cavefishes. He grew up in New York City, his undergraduate degree is from McGill University in Montreal and his PhD is from the University of Michigan. His latest books include, A Guide to Academia: Getting into and surviving grad school, postdocs and a research job and Making a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes. He was named a TED Fellow in 2016, and a TED Senior Fellow in 2018. He has served as a rotating Program Director at the National Science Foundation and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2018.