Melanie Stiassny

Melanie Stiassny has been fascinated by fish from the time she was a little girl living in London. Today, Melanie is an ichthyologist, a scientist who studies fish. At the American Museum of Natural History, she oversees everything that has to do with fish, from research and exhibits to scientific expeditions. Melanie travels to tropical areas around the world to collect and study fish.

Melanie Stiassny
Hometown: London
Position: curator of the Department of Ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History; adjunct professor at Columbia University and the City University of New York
Education: Ph.D., University of London
Known for: research into the diversity, evolution, and conservation of fish

Image credits: main image, courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Melanie Stiassny: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin; Melanie Stiassny: courtesy of AMNH, Denis Finnin.