NEIL SHUBIN, 44, has been one of the major forces behind a new evolutionary synthesis of expeditionary paleontology, developmental genetics, and genomics.
As a paleontologist and Associate Dean of a major medical school, Shubin brings a unique perspective to his work. He has found new fossils that change the way we think about many of the key transitions in evolution: from the reptile-mammal transition, the water-land transformation, and the origin of frogs, salamanders, turtles, flying reptiles. These discoveries have emerged from his expeditions to Greenland, the High Arctic of Canada, Argentina, China, Morocco, Nova Scotia, and the deserts of the U.S.
Shubin startled the world on March 31, 2006 with the announcement in the journal Science of the discovery of Tiktaalik, ''a mosaic of primitive fish and derived amphibian".
Media appearances include interviews on national nightly and morning news (dedicated full episode of ABC News Nightline, CNN, ABC Nightly News, NBC Today Show, NPR, BBC, etc.), documentaries (3 appearances on Nova, A&E special presentations, central focus of PBS Evolution series episode “The Great Transformations”, PBS Dinosaur Series, Animal Planet, etc.), and major print media including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, US News and international outlets.
Shubin is the author of numerous scientific papers, including over 20 in the prestigious journals Science and Nature. Shubin has received numerous fellowships and awards including a Miller Research Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is the author of Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body.
Shubin trained at Columbia, Harvard and Berkeley. He is currently Chairman of the Department of Anatomy at the University of Chicago where he also serves as Associate Dean in the Medical School.