Discovering new fish species is 'lagniappe,' LSU researcher says

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[Former Macdonald student] Prosanta Chakrabarty travels the world searching for fish that few humans have ever seen. The LSU researcher wants to learn what these underwater unknowns can teach about evolution and the history of the earth.

He's a modern-day explorer, swimming through murky waters and diving into caves in search of seldom-seen species.

"It's such a wonderful job. It’s a great experience to be having," he said. "Fish let me do that. They let me go to these weird places and discover them in odd areas of the world that most people don’t get to go to."

And Chakrabarty, 37, uses his adventures — along with his natural ability to captivate an audience — to teach the world about science. 

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