Nationality: United States
"Studying fish – it's like chocolate ice cream!" says Barry Chernoff. Fishing has been a "comfort food" for Barry since 1955 when his father took him to a World War II fighter pilot reunion, which included a fishing trip in a mountain lake. Although excited by fishing then, Barry didn't realize it could be a career until 1970.
Barry received his doctorate from the University of Michigan and has worked at The Field Museum for 13 years where he is the curator of fishes. He also teaches courses in evolutionary biology at University of Chicago.
When was the moment you were most happy to be a scientist? "When I sat at Raudal Pereza, Amazonias in 1985 and looked over these amazing rapids and landscape with the Antana Tapui. The Piaroa guides explained that this was their Garden of Eden. The place was beautiful, the fishes were so special and the mythology was amazing."
— Reported by Jensen Montambault
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