Neil Shubin

Neil H. Shubin

Year: 2014-2018

Position: Educational Advisory Board Member

Profession: Robert R. Bensley Professor, Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago

Member of Standing Committee

Neil Shubin (born December 22, 1960) is an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist and popular science writer. He is the Robert R. Bensley Professor of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy and Professor on the Committee of Evolutionary Biology at the University of Chicago along with being the Provost of the Field Museum of Natural History. He is well known for his discovery of Tiktaalik roseae. Shubin earned a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1987. He also studied at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. Shubin was ABC News's "Person of the Week" in April 2006 when Tiktaalik was unveiled and appeared on The Colbert Report on January 14, 2008, and again on January 9, 2013. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2011. He is also the host of the show Your Inner Fish on PBS. The show was produced by Windfall Films and Tangled Bank Studios, a production company for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute that makes materials available for science classroom education.