1993- 1996 Benjamin Cardozo High School, Queens, New York
1996 - 2000 McGill University, B.Sc. (w/Great Distinction) Zoology, Montreal
2001 - 2006 University of Michigan, Ph.D., Ann Arbor
2006 - 2008 Postdoctoral Fellow, American Museum of Natural History
2008 - Current Assistant Professor/Curator of Ichthyology, LSU
Assistant Editor, Journal of Fish Biology
Associate Editor/Book Reviews, Fishes, Copeia
Editorial Board, Copeia
Board of Governors, American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists
Science Advisor, John Wiley & Sons Inc.
M.L.J., Chakrabarty, P., Loiselle. P. (2001) Relationships of the
Madagascan cichlid genus Paretroplus, with a description of a new
species from the Betsiboka River drainage of northwestern Madagascar. Ichthyological Explorations of Freshwaters 12 (1): 29- 40.
Chakrabarty, P. (2004) Cichlid biogeography: comment and review. Fish and Fisheries 5(2):97-119.
Chakrabarty, P. (2005) Testing conjectures about morphological diversity in cichlids of Lakes Malawi and Tanganyika. Copeia 2005 (2): 359-373.
Pikitch, E.K., Doukakis, P., Lauck, L., Chakrabarty, P. , Erickson, D.L. (2005) Sturgeon and paddlefish fisheries of the world: conservation strategies for the future. Fish and Fisheries 6 (3), 233-265.
Chakrabarty, P., Ng, H.H. (2005) The identity of the catfishes identified as Mystus cavasius (Hamilton, 1822) (Teleostei: Bagridae), with a description of a new species from Myanmar. Zootaxa 1093, 1-24.
Chakrabarty, P. (2006) Taxonomic status of the Hispaniolan Cichlidae Occasional Papers of the Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 737, 1-16.
Chakrabarty, P. (2006) Systematics and Historical Biogeography of Greater Antillean Cichlidae. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 39, 619-627.
Chakrabarty, P., Oldfield, R.G., Ng, H.H. (2006) Nandus prolixus, a new species of leaf fish from northeastern Borneo (Teleostei:Perciformes:Nandidae). Zootaxa 1328, 51-61.
Chakrabarty, P. (2007) A morphological phylogenetic analysis of
Middle American cichlids with special emphasis on the section "Nandopsis" sensu Regan. Miscellaneous Publications, Museum of Zoology, University of Michigan 198: 1 - 31.
Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S. (2007) Relationships of the New World cichlid genus Hypsophrys Agassiz 1859 (Teleostei: Cichlidae), with diagnoses for the genus and its species. Zootaxa, 1523, 59-64.
Sparks, J.S., Chakrabarty, P. (2007) A new species of ponyfish (Teleostei:Leiognathidae: Photoplagios) from the Philippines. Copeia 2007 (3): 622-629.
Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S. (2007) Phylogeny and taxonomic revision of Nuchequula Whitley 1932 (Teleostei: Leiognathidae), with the description of a new species. American Museum Novitates 3588:1-28.
Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S. (2008) Diagnoses for Leiognathus Lacepede 1802, Equula Cuvier 1815, Equulites Fowler 1904, Eubleekeria Fowler 1904, and a new ponyfish genus (Teleostei: Leiognathidae). American Museum Novitates 3623, 1-11.
Smith, W.L., Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S. (2008) Phylogeny, taxonomy, and evolution of Neotropical cichlids (Teleostei:Cichlidae:Cichlinae). Cladistics 24, 1-17.
Chakrabarty, P., Amarasinghe, T., Sparks, J.S. (2009) Redescription of ponyfishes (Teleostei:Leiognathidae) of Sri Lanka and the status of Aurigequula Fowler 1918. Ceylon Journal of Science (Biological Science) 37 (2): 143-161.
Chakrabarty, P., Chu, J., Luthfun, N., and Sparks, J.S. (2010) Geometric morphometrics uncovers an undescribed ponyfish (Teleostei: Leiognathidae: Equulites) with a note on the taxonomic status of Equula berbis Valenciennes. Zootaxa 2427:15-24.
Chakrabarty, P., Hans, H.C., Sparks, J.S. (2010) Review of the ponyfishes (Perciformes: Leiognathidae) of Taiwan. Marine Biodiversity 40:1-15.
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) The transitioning state of systematic ichthyology. Copeia 2010(3):513-514
Chakrabarty, P., (2010) Status and phylogeny of Milyeringidae, with the description of a new blind cave fish from Australia, Milyeringa brooksi, n. sp. Zootaxa 2557:19-28.
Ho, H.C., Chakrabarty, P., Sparks, J.S.(2010) Review of the Halieutichthys aculeatus species complex (Lophiiformes: Ogcocephalidae), with descriptions of two new species. Journal of Fish Biology 77:841-869.
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) Genetypes: a concept to help integrate molecular phylogenetics and taxonomy Zootaxa 2632: 67-68.
Chakrabarty, P. Albert, J. (2011) Not so Fast: A New Take on the Great American Biotic Interchange. In: Historical Biogeography of Neotropical Freshwater Fishes (J. S. Albert and R.E. Reis, eds.)[INVITED PAPER, FINAL CHAPTER] pp. 293-305.
Davis, M.P., Chakrabarty, P. (2011) Video Observation of a Tripodfish (Aulopiformes: Bathypterois) from Bathypelagic Depths in the Campos Basin of Brazil. Marine Biology Research. 7, 297-303.
Schaefer, S.A, Chakrabarty, P., Geneva, A., Sabaj-Perez, M.H. (2011) Nucleotide sequence data confirm monophyly and local endemism of variable morphospecies of Andean astroblepid catfishes (Siluriformes: Astroblepidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 162, 90-102.
Harrison, I.J., Chakrabarty, P., Freyhoff, J., Craig, J.F. (2011) Current nomenclature and recommendations for preserving and cataloging voucher material and genetic sequences. Journal of Fish Biology. 78, 1283-1290.
Chakrabarty, P., Davis, M.P., Berquist, R., Gledhill, K., Sparks, J., and Frank, L. (2011) Evolution of the light organ system in ponyfishes (Teleostei:Leiognathidae). Journal of Morphology. 272: 704-721.
Chakrabarty, P., Davis, M.P., Smith, W.L., Baldwin, Z.H., Sparks, J.S. (2011) Is sexual selection driving diversification of the bioluminescent ponyfishes (Teleostei: Leiognathidae)? Molecular Ecology 20: 2818-2834.
Wiley, E.O., Chakrabarty, P., Craig, M.T., Davis, M.P., Holcroft, N.I., Mayden, R.L., Smith, W.L. (2011) Will the real phylogeneticists please stand up? In: Morphological and molecular approaches to the phylogeny of fishes: Integration or conflict? Zootaxa Special Issue: 2946: 7-16. [INVITED PAPER]
Wiley, E.O., Chakrabarty, P., Craig, M.T., Davis, M.P., Holcroft, N.I., Mayden, R.L., Smith, W.L. (2011) A response to Mooi, Williams and Gill In: Morphological and molecular approaches to the phylogeny of fishes: Integration or conflict? Zootaxa Special Issue: 2946: 33-37. [INVITED PAPER]
Chakrabarty, P., Lam, C., Hardman, J., Aaronson, J., House, P.H., Janies, D.A. (2012) SpeciesMap: a web-based application for visualizing
the overlap of distributions and pollution events, with a list of fishes put at risk by the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill Biodiversity and Conservation 21:1865-1876.
Matamoros, W.A., Schaefer, J.F., Chakrabarty, P., Hernandez, C.L. (2012) Profundulus kreiseri, a new species of Profundulidae (Teleostei: Cyprinodontiformes) from northwestern Honduras. ZooKeys 227: 49-62.
Chakrabarty, P., Davis, M. P, Sparks, J.S. (2012) The First Record of a Trans-Oceanic Sister-Group Relationship between Obligate Vertebrate Troglobites PLoS One 7:e44083 (pg.1-8)
Sparks, J.S., Chakrabarty, P. (2012) Revision of the Endemic Malagasy Cavefish Genus Typhleotris (Teleostei: Gobiiformes: Eleotridae), with a Discussion of its Phylogenetic Placement and the Description of a New Species. American Museum Novitates 3764:1-28.
McMahan, C.D., Matamoros, W.A., Alvarez Calderon, F.S., Henríquez, W.Y., Recinos, H.M., Chakrabarty, P., Barraza, E. & Herrera, N. (2013) Checklist of the Inland Fishes of El Salvador. Zootaxa 3608: 440-446.
Matamoros, W.A., Chakrabarty, P., Angulo-Sibaja, A., Garita-Alvarado, C.A., McMahan, C.D., (2013) A new species of Roeboides (Teleostei:Characidae) from Costa Rica and Panama, with a key to the Middle American species of the genus. Neotropical Ichthyology 11: 285-290.
McMahan, C.D., Chakrabarty, P, Sparks, J.S., Smith, W.L., Davis, M.P., (2013) Temporal Patterns of Diversification across Global Cichlid Biodiversity (Acanthomorpha: Cichlidae). PLoS One 8(8): e71162 (pg. 1-9).
Chakrabarty, P., Warren, M., Page, L., Baldwin, C. (2013) GenSeq: An updated nomenclature for genetic sequences and a formal ranking of sequences from type and non-type sources. ZooKeys 346:29-41
Chakrabarty, P., Niemiller, M.L., Prejean, J. (2014) The Hoosier cavefish, a new and endangered species (Amblyopsidae: Amblyopsis) from the caves of southern Indiana. ZooKeys 412: 41-57
Chakrabarty, P. (2012) A Guide to Academia: Getting into and Surviving Grad School, Postdocs and a Research Job.
Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford. ISBN:978-0470960417
Rocha et al. (with 115 others). 2014 Specimen collection: An essential tool Science
Selected Book Reviews/Abstracts/
Chakrabarty, P. (2004) Abstract: Relationships and biogeography of Antillean Cichlids.
In: Stevenson, D. W., Abstracts of the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society. Cladistics
20 (2004): 76-100.
Chakrabarty, P. (2007) [Review of] An Atlas of Michigan
Fishes with keys and illustrations for their identification. Bailey, R.M.,
Latta, W.C., Smith, G.R. Copeia
Chakrabarty, P. (2009) [Review of] Your Inner Fish, A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body
. Copeia 2009
Chakrabarty, P., Smith, W.L., Sparks, J.S., (2010) Abstract: Testing the role of sexual selection in the evolution of ponyfishes. In: Szumik, C., Goloboff, P. A summit of cladistics: abstracts of the 27th Annual Meeting of the Willi Hennig Society and VIII Reunion Argentina de Cladistica y Biogeografia. Cladistics
Sidlauskas, B.L. and Chakrabarty, P. (2010) [Review of] The Diversity of Fishes: Biology, Evolution and Ecology – 2nd edition. Copeia
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) [Review of] Deep-Sea Fishes of Peru. Copeia
2010 (4): 735-736.
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) [Review of] Biology of Subterranean Fishes. Copeia
2010 (4): 736.
Chakrabarty, P. and Fink, W.L. (2011) [Review of] Piranha 3D. Copeia
2011 (1): 181
Chakrabarty, P. (2003) Huso huso
. University of Michigan Museum of Zoology Animal Diversity Web.
Chakrabarty, P. (2007) The fangtooth: Anoplogaster cornuta. Digital Fish Library
Selected Popular Articles
Chakrabarty, P. (2011) Ichthyological adventures in Central America Part 1: Collecting Fishes in Costa Rica. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 29 (2): 12-13.
Chakrabarty, P. (2011) On the importance of museum specimens. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 29 (1): 12-14.
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) Measuring the environmental impact of the Gulf Oil Spill. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 28 (3): 2-4.
Chakrabarty, P. (2010) Letter to the Editor: Oil might lie undersea in perpetuity. The Advocate, Baton Rouge. May 20, 2010.
Chakrabarty, P. and Davis, M. (2010) Collecting Fishes in Vietnam. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 28 (2): 8-9.
Chakrabarty, P. (2009) Fishing in the Gulf with SEAMAP. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 27 (2): 4-5.
Chakrabarty, P. (2008) Letter from our new ichthyologist. Museum Quarterly, LSU Museum of Natural Science 26 (3): 3.
(2006) The Greater Antillean Cichlids. Buntbarsche Bulletin 234, 18-22.
Chakrabarty, P. (2005) Papa's Fish: A Note on Neomerinthe hemingwayi.
The Hemingway Review. p. 109-111.
P. (2004) Museum of Zoology: No specimen left behind. University of
Michigan Exhibit Museum of Natural History. The Display Case 17 (2)
Winter 2004, January 4-14, Dominican Republic
collected freshwater and marine spp. from 10 localities for
morphological and molecular analyses. The purpose of this trip was to
collect individuals of the two endemic nominal species of cichlids and
discover if they are valid taxa. One of these, N.vombergae
, has not
been collected in more than 60 years. Sites visited include the
respective type localities of these two cichlids. Specimens collected
were used in molecular and morphological analyses testing the validity
of these species and in tests of biogeographic hypotheses.
2005, November 4-14, Yucatan Peninsula
I collected freshwater and
brackish water fish from Mexico and Belize with Ronald Oldfield (UMMZ)
and colleagues based in those two countries (Juan Jacobo Schmitter-Soto
and Peter Esselman respectively). The purpose of this trip was to
collect cichlids for my thesis research on the phylogeny of Middle
American Cichlidae and to help with the survey work of our colleagues.
Cichlids species collected include: Thorichthys meeki, T. pasionis, Cichlasoma octofasciatus, C. robertsoni
and Petenia splendida
. Non-cichlids collected include: Belonesox belizanus, Astyanax aeneus, Gobiomoris dormitor, Hyphessobrycon compressus
and Awaous banana
2006, March 16-26, Taiwan
Dr. John Sparks and I collected from 20 sites
including on a trawler, from bycatch stands, and at markets. Organized
by Dr. Hin-Kiu Mok and through the American Museum of Natural History.
We collected nearly 1000 specimens and over a hundred species. Some of
these include Leiognathids, lantern-belly sharks Etmopterus, Polymixia japonicus, Harpanadon
and many other species.
Winter 2007, January 9-22, Malay Peninsula
Dr. John Sparks and I collected from more than a dozen localities including Phuket Island on the Andaman Sea, Chonburi, and Bangkok, (Thailand); Melaka, and Muar (Malaysia), as well as various parts of Singapore. We collected over 1000 specimens including several new species of Leiognathids. Non-ponyfish collected include nursery fish (Kurtus
), wolf herring (Chirocentrus
), and kissing gourami (Helostoma
) among many others. We collected with Dr. Somsak Panha, Dr. Thosaporn Wongratana and Dr. Heok Hee Ng and others during this trip.
Spring 2007, March 21-March 29, Taiwan
Collected from several deep sea ports and markets with Hans Ho and the students of Dr. Hin-Kiu Mok. Also set up imaging base for recording live ponyfish.
Spring 2007, March 30- April 9, Sri Lanka
Collected from over 20 sites on the western and southern Coasts of Sri Lanka, with lots of support from Thasun Amarasinghe and Rohan Pethiyagoda. The northern-most point visited was Puttalam, the southern-most point Matara and the eastern-most was Habantota. More than a dozen rare ponyfish species were collected as were many other marine and brackish water fishes.
Fall 2007, September 20- October 10, Indonesia
Visited from various sites on the island archipelago, including Java and Bali. Traveling with Daniel Lumbantobing (George Washington University/Smithsonian) and Renny Hadiaty (LIPI-Indonesian Institute of Science). Notable collections included Psettodes erumei
and several rare collections of ponyfishes including the first record of Photoplagios laterofenesta
in nearly 30 years.
Summer 2008, May 31 - June 26, Madagascar
Targeted the blind cave fishes in Ankarana and the Mahafaly Pleateu and collected several species of Typhleotris
including some that are new to science and others that have not been collected in decades. Visited over ten caves and sinkholes with Phil Willink (Field Museum), John Sparks (AMNH) and Scott Holtz (AMNH).
Fall 2008, November 11 - November 19, Taiwan
Made market collections of over 300 marine species (including specimens from coral reefs and the deep sea) totaling over 1000 specimens. Traveled to markets in Taipei, Wuchi, Chiayi, Dongshih, Heng-chun, Tongkang and Tashi. Sampling included molecular and morphological specimens to be deposited at the Ichthyology Collection at LSU.
Winter 2009, January 26 - January 29, Gulf of Mexico
Trawled with SEAMAP (Southeast Area Monitoring and Assessment Program) on the R/V Pelican organized by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Collected 55 species for the LSU collection including, searobins, marine catfish, frogfish, batfish, puffers and flatfish. We also collected CTD-DO data, water samples, and sediment samples at 12 trawl stations.
Summer 2009, May 17 - June 6, Australia
Sampled from several caves, sinkholes, and wells in the Northwest Cape of Australia to collected endemic blind gobies. Also sampled fisheries trawling materials of leiognathids and other bioluminescent taxa at the Western Australia Museum.
Winter 2010, January 19 - February 3, Vietnam
Sampling fish markets from Nha Trang, Mui Ne, and Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) as well as brackish collections made on the Mekong river. Collections made with Taiwanese colleagues include over 450 tissue samples representing nearly 350 different marine and brackish water species.
Winter 2011 February 15 - February 24, Costa Rica
Sampling freshwater and brackish water fishes throughout the country (26 sites) with my postdoctoral fellow Caleb McMahan and Wilfredo Matamoros along with two local UCR students Arturo Anguilo Sibaja and Carlos Garita Alvarado. Collections include over 500 tissue samples representing nearly 120 different species and about 4000 specimens.
Spring 2012 May 20 - May 30, Honduras
Sampling freshwater fishes throughout the country (12 sites including Choluteca, caves in Olancho, and in Francisco Morazan) with my postdoctoral fellow, Wilfredo Matamoros along with several local students. Collections include over 150 tissue samples representing nearly 30 different species and about 1000 specimens.
Fall 2012 Oct 15 - Nov 2, Singapore
Sampling marine fishes throughout the country but mainly on Pulau Ubin as part of the Singapore Biodiversity Workshop hosted by the Raffles Museum. In the field with PhD student William Ludt, Heok Hee Ng and others. Collected over 250 different species and over 1500 specimens.
Spring 2013 Feb 28 - March 12, Guatemala
Sampling freshwater fishes throughout Peten (including Lago de Peten) and other provinces with PhD student Caleb McMahan, Christian Barrientos, Diego Diaz and Yasmin Quintana (last three were the local hosts). In total sampled 59 species, 590 tissue samples and roughly 2000 specimens.
Summer 2013 July 1 - July 4, Japan
Fish market survey and sampling mostly from Tsukiji, the world's largest fish market, with PhD student Bill Ludt. Samples from about 30 different species, 500+ specimens.
Summer 2014 June 14 - June 22, Kuwait
Collecting with the Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (from their trawls, and Arabian Gulf survey work), plus market survey and mud flats, with PhD student Bill Ludt and Dr. Jim Bishop. Samples from about 70 different species, about 300 tissue samples.
Other Lab Field Work
(2x) collecting trip by postdoctoral fellow Wilfredo Matamoros (2010, 2011);
---- Gulf of Mexico
SEAMAP trip by postdoctoral fellow Matthew Davis (2010);
collecting trip by graduate student Caleb McMahan, and postdoctoral fellows Wilfredo Matamoros and Matthew Davis (March-April 2011);
---- El Salvador
collecting trip by graduate student Caleb McMahan, and postdoctoral fellow Wilfredo Matamoros (May-June 2011);
collecting trip by graduate student Caleb McMahan, and postdoctoral fellow Wilfredo Matamoros (August 2011)
Recent Contributed and Invited Talks at Conferences (Since 2008)
Chakrabarty, P.*, Sparks, J.S. 2008. The influence of sexual selection in the diversification of Leiognathidae. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 28 July 2008.
Chu, J. **, Nahar, L. **, Sparks, J.S., Chakrabarty, P. 2008. Taxonomic status of Photoplagios leuciscus
Gunther 1860 (Teleostei:Leiognathidae). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Montreal, Quebec, Canada. 25 July 2008.
Chakrabarty, P.*, Smith, W.L., Sparks, J.S. 2008. Testing the Role of Sexual Selection in the
Evolution of Ponyfishes. Hennig XXVII - A summit of Cladistics. Willi Hennig Society, Tucuman, Argentina, 29 October, 2008. (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. Blind cave fishes from opposite ends of the Indian Ocean reveal an ancient Gondwanan connection. 8th Indo Pacific Fish Conference, Freemantle, Australia, June 2. (WINNER - Best Talk of Session)
Chakrabarty, P.*, Willink, P., Sparks, J.S. 2009. Blind cave gobies from opposite ends of the Indian Ocean reveal an ancient Gondwanan connection. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, Oregan. 26 July.
Schaefer, S.*, Sabaj, M., Geneva, A., Chakrabarty, P. 2009. Andean astroblepid catfishes: Pattern and scale of species diversity. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Portland, Oregon. 24 July.
Davis, M.P.* Chakrabarty, P., 2010. Evolutionary relationships of the lizardfishes (Aulopiformes: Synodontoidei). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, Rhode Island. 9 July.
Chakrabarty, P.*, Albert, J.S. 2010. Freshwater Fishes of Central America and a new take on the Great American Biotic Interchange. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Providence, Rhode Island. 9 July.
Davis, M.P.*, Chakrabarty, P., Smith, W.L., Baldwin, Z., Sparks, J.S. 2011. Is sexual selection driving diversification in the bioluminescent ponyfishes? Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 11 July
McMahan, C. D.*,Davis, M.P., Chakrabarty, P., 2011. Investigating the tempo of diversification in cichlid fishes. Evolution, Norman, Oklahoma, June 21
Matamoros, W.**, Davis, M.P., McMahan, C., Chakrabarty, P., 2011. Estimating Divergence Times, Diversification Patterns and Historical Biogeography of the New World Subfamily Poeciliinae (Cyprinodontiformes: Poeciliidae). Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 10 July
Chakrabarty, P.*, Page, L. 2011. Genetypes: Bringing taxonomy to the molecular age. Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 9 July
Chakrabarty, P.* 2012. Genetypes: Bringing taxonomy to the molecular age. iEvoBio, July 10, Ottawa
Chakrabarty, P.*, Janies, D. et al. 2012. SpeciesMap: A Web Based Application for determining the effects of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill . Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, August 10, Vancouver
McMahan, C.*, Matamoros, W., Chakrabarty, P., Phylogeography of the Black‐belt Cichlid, Paraneetroplus maculicauda (Teleostei: Cichlidae) Joint Meeting of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists, August 10, Vancouver- STOYE AWARD WINNER IN GENERAL ICHTHYOLOGY (STUDENT AWARD)
* Presenter ** Poster
Selected Recent Non-Conference Presentations (Since 2008)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2012. Intro to Academia. To OSI Summer Bridge Program, LSU, June 22
Chakrabarty, P.*, Matamoros, W. 2012. Fishing for Answers: Bioluminescence, Blindness, and Biogeography of Fishes. Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras, May 21
Chakrabarty, P. * 2012. Pursuing a Career in Academia: Becoming and Being a Professor.(Guest Lecturer) BIOL 2900, Careers in Life Sciences
Chakrabarty, P. *2010. Fishing for Answers: from Batfishes and Blind Cavefishes, to the BP Oil Spill, Biogeography and Bioluminescence. University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg. October 22 (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P. *2010. Morphological systematics and taxonomy. BIOL 7111: Systematic Biology. October 12 (GUEST LECTURER)
Chakrabarty, P. *2010. Homology through history. BIOL 7111: Systematic Biology. September 14 (GUEST LECTURER)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2010. Fishes!, East Baton Rouge Parish Library. Children’s Services (Elementary School Children), July 15 (INVITED TALK).
Chakrabarty, P.* 2010. Fishes!, Zachary High School, 2nd grade teachers workshop, April 29 (INVITED TALK).
Chakrabarty, P.* 2010. Biogeography of freshwater fishes: from the Greater Antilles to Gondwana. Biology Seminar Series, Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, April 22 (INVITED TALK).
Chakrabarty, P.* 2010. Genetypes: Bringing taxonomy to the molecular age. NSF sponsored Collections RCN Data Integration Workshop, New Orleans, March 26 (INVITED TALK).
Chakrabarty, P.* 2010. Biogeography of freshwater fishes: from the Greater Antilles to Gondwana. Invited Seminar Series, Case Western University, Cleveland, March 18 (INVITED TALK).
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. Freshwater fishes and biogeography. Biology Seminar Series, Sam Houston State University at Huntsville, November 21 (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. Freshwater fishes and biogeography. Biology Seminar Series, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, November 6. (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. Freshwater fishes and biogeography. Biology Seminar Series, Tulane University, New Orleans, September 25. (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. Freshwater fishes and biogeography. Renewable Natural Resources Seminar Series, LSU RNR, April 31. (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2009. How fishes can help us better understand evolution and Earth history. Saturday Science Lecture Series, LSU Nicholson Hall, April 18. (INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.*, Smith, W.L., Sparks, J.S. 2008. Testing the Role of Sexual Selection in the
Evolution of Ponyfishes. Weekly Seminar, Institute of Marine Biology, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 16 November, 2008.(INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2008. Pattern and Process in the Diversification of Fishes: Sexual Selection in Leiognathids and Biogeography of Neotropical Cichlids. Short-list job talk, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge. 12 March 2008.(INVITED TALK)
Chakrabarty, P.* 2008. Pattern and Process in Marine and Freshwater Diversifications: Sexual Selection in Leiognathids and Biogeography of Neotropical Cichlids. Systematics Seminar Series, American Museum of Natural History, New York. 11 April 2008.
Chakrabarty, P.* 2008. Pattern and Process in Marine and Freshwater Diversifications: Sexual Selection in Leiognathids and Biogeography of Neotropical Cichlids. Short-list job talk, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C. 18 April 2008.(INVITED TALK)
Chu, J., Nahar, L., Sparks, J.S., Chakrabarty, P. ** 2008. Taxonomic status of Photoplagios leuciscus
Gunther 1860 (Teleostei:Leiognathidae). High School Science Reearch Progam, Poster Session. May 24, 2008.
Selected Press (Since 2008)
2008 Berthelot, A. LSU Museum of Natural Science Welcomes New Curator of Fishes. LSU Highlights, December.
2008 Ward, S. Biologist pursues rare fish. The Advocate, Baton Rouge. December 28
2009 Wyatt, S. The Cave Systems of Madagascar.Conservation International: Biodiversity Hotspots, January.
2009 AP (2009) LSU curator gets $520,000 to study cichlids. Houma Daily Courier. November 3.
2009 Berthelot, A. (2009) LSU Highlights: LSU Ichthyologists Lands Major Grant to study fish family history http://www.lsu.edu/highlights/2009/11/fish.shtml (linked to AAAS’s EurekAlert)
2010 Blum, J. (2010) “Serpent’ footage captured by LSU. The Advocate, Baton Rouge. February 22.
2010 Nunmaker, C. (2009) LSU ichthyologist discovers new species of fish, grabs a grant. Tiger Weekly. December 10.
Ryan, Stephanie. (2010). Oil could kill entire fish species. ABC 2, WBRZ. May 28, 2010. (http://www.wbrz.com/news/oil-could-kill-entire-fish-species/)
OIL SPILL RESPONSE; Interviewed by NPR, BBC, NY Times, Science, Discovery News, ABC resulting in over 100 articles published including many in foreign languages, selected articles below
Discovery News (2010) Oil spill threatens funky flat fish: big pic. June 17
CNN: Lynch, Kelly (2010) Little-known pancake batfish could be one of oil spill's early victims. June 16. CNN.com (LEAD ARTICLE; translated into more than 10 languages, through CNN and affiliates) http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/06/14/gulf.oil.threatened.species/index.html?hpt=C2
SCIENCE: Schenkman, Lauren (2010) Not Just Pelicans in Peril, But Pancake Batfish, Too. Science [Science Insider], June 4. http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2010/06/not-just-pelicans-in-peril- but-p.html
NPR: Shogren, Elizabeth. (2010) Scientists: Dispersants Compounded Oil Spill. National Public Radio, June 7 - http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=127525694
AP: Brown, Matthew (2010) As oil washes through mysterious depths, scientists warn of unseen calamity. Associated Press. May 31 (Picked up by Forbes, The Boston Herald; Winnipeg Free Press, Singapore Press, and several local outlets)
BBCRadio: Science in Action (2011) 6/16/2011 http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p00h69qh/Science_In_Action_16_06_2011/
Halieutichthys intermedius Ho, H.-C., P. Chakrabarty and J.S. Sparks 2010. Named one of the Top Ten Species of 2011 by the International Institute of Species Exploration - (Picked up by
Nature,and dozens of other outlets)
Awards & Honors
1999 McGill University Macdonald Campus Gold Key Award for outstanding contributions to extra curricular activities
2000 Lieutenant Governor of Quebec Award
- for extra curricular activity and academic record
2000 Valedictorian Class of 2000, of the Macdonald Campus of McGill University
2005 University of Michigan Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award
, (Highest honor given to GSIs under the auspices of the University of Michigan)
Carl and Laura Hubbs Fellow, University of Michigan Museum of Zoology.
2011 Top Ten Species of 2010 by the International Institute of Species Exploration Halieutichthys intermedius
Ho, Chakrabarty & Sparks 2010
2012 Distinguished Young Alumni Award, Macdonald Campus, McGill University
2013 LSU Rainmaker Award Emerging Scholar
2009-2013 NSF REVSYS: Reconstructing Heroini (Teleostei:Cichlidae): Of Heroes, Convicts, Angels and Red Devils. PC is sole PI. $519,944
2011-2012 Board Of Regents, Traditional Enhancement Grant - Education: Making a Big Splash with Louisiana Fishes: A Three-tiered Education Program and Museum Exhibit. PC is CO-PI, PI with Dr. Sophie Warny (LSU). $ 117,531
2012-2015 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship to Valerie Derouen (PC is co-PI)
2013-2015 Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant to Caleb McMahan (PC is co-PI)
Selected Synergistic Activities/Peer Review Contributions
Chair of the Diversity Committee for The College of Science
Encyclopedia of Life, Curator (www.eol.org)and reviewer of EOL Fellows program grants.
Master's Advisor for a Master's of Natural Science Student and EnvironMentor (Valerie Derouen) - MNS students combine a science thesis with teaching
Undergraduate mentor for several LA-STEM, REU (NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates) and IMSD (Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Program) students (2009-2012)
Presenter, to elementary and high school children at local libraries, schools and museums. Speak about fish diversity and the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill. 2008-2011
Panelist, Gulf Oil Spill Information Session at the Joint Meeting of Ichthyologist and Herpetologists, July 11,2010 (Providence, Rhode Island)
Outside reviewer, for submissions to Systematic Biology, Conservation Biology, PLoS One, BMC Evolutionary Biology, Copeia, Chromosome Research, Journal of Biogeography, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution
, American Museum Novitates, Cladistics, Journal of Fish Biology
, Ichthyological Exploration of Freshwaters, Environmental Biology of Fishes
, Aqua, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, Journal of Zoological Systematics and Evolutionary Research, Journal of Morphology
, 2007 Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Grants (American Museum of Natural History), Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia, Edward C. and Charlotte E. Raney Fund Award
for the University of Michigan and Undergraduate Poster Judge at SACNAS
(Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science)
in Austin, Texas. October 21-24 2004
Recruiter for the
University of Michigan, as a representative for The College of
Literature, Science, and the Arts at HBCU-UP (Historically Black
Colleges & Universities - Undergraduate Program) National Research
Conference New Orleans, Louisiana. February 10 - 13, 2005
Winter 2000 McGill University, MacDonald Campus Student Society (MCSS) President
1996 - 2000 McGill University, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences Undergraduate Society (AESUS) President