Neil H. Shubin, PhD
The University of Chicago
Trained at Columbia University, Harvard University, and The University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Shubin is currently Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor of Anatomy at The University of Chicago and Senior Advisor to the Provost of the University on the affiliation with the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. He both leads fossil expeditions around the world and a molecular biology laboratory studying the great transitions in the history of life. His team is widely known for the discovery of Tiktaalik roseae, an ancient fish right at the cusp of the transition to land 375 million years ago. He is the author of three books, “Your Inner Fish” (Vintage 2009), “The Universe Within” (Vintage, 2011), and most recently “Some Assembly Required” (Pantheon, 2020). He served as presenter and scientific advisor for the Emmy Award-winning three-part PBS miniseries “Your Inner Fish,” derived from his book of the same title. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the California Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Fellow of the American Philosophical Society, and Member of the National Academy of Sciences, to which he was elected in 2011.