MSU Talks: Your Inner Fish & the Universe Within


manThurs., Oct. 26, 2:15pm

International Center, Classroom - 115 (MAP)

register now button



Neil Shubin

  • Senior Advisor to the President and Robert R. Bensley Distinguished Service Professor, Department of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, The University of Chicago
  • Professor, Committee on Evolutionary Biology, Committee on Stem Cell, Regenerative and Developmental Biology, The University of Chicago
  • Research Associate, Department of Geology, The Field Museum of Natural History
Neil H. Shubin has conducted landmark research on the evolutionary origin of anatomical features of animals. He has conducted fieldwork in much of North America, including Greenland, as well as China, Africa and Antarctica. One of his most significant discoveries, a 375-million-year-old fossil called Tiktaalik roseae, is an important transitional form between fish and land animals.
Shubin has written two popular science books: the best-selling Your Inner Fish (2008), named best book of the year by the National Academy of Sciences and made into an Emmy Award-winning PBS series; and The Universe Within: The Deep History of the Human Body (2013).
He serves as associate dean for academic strategy in the Biological Sciences Division. As a senior adviser to President Robert J. Zimmer, Shubin is also the co-interim director of the UChicago-affiliated Marine Biological Laboratory, where he’s played a key role in supporting education and research programs. Shubin is a fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Shubin earned a doctorate in organismic and evolutionary biology from Harvard University in 1987 and joined the University faculty as chairman of Organismal Biology & Anatomy in 2001.
Sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, the Department of Integrative Biology, and the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behvior Program at Michigan State University.