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The immortal naturalist: collecting the world | Prosanta Chakrabarty | TEDxLSU

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Published on Apr 22, 2015

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.

One fish, two fish, red fish, bioluminescent, and blind fish? PROSANTA CHAKRABARTY, an Associate Professor and Curator of Fishes at LSU, has travelled to over 20 countries in his quest to better understand and chronicle the plethora of fish species that call Earth home. Prosanta’s research in his lab focuses on discovering the relationships between fishes and their habitats to better understand how they evolved. His passion outside the lab focuses on showing students of all ages and backgrounds that exploring the natural world can provide insight and meaning across the blue planet. You can follow him on Twitter @LSU_FISH.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx

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