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Science Explorations

Talking Science: Fascinating Fish

Watch the interview with a scientist, then virtually travel on a fieldtrip to the Congo River in Africa. Check out photos from the trip and don't miss the "Rough Waters" article from Science World.

Melanie Stiassny is an ichthyologist at the American Museum of Natural History. That means she's a scientist who studies fish. Find more science activities and resources: Science Explorations. And try museum activities at OLogy

Watch Talking Science video
Watch the Talking Science video.

Fieldwork With a Scientist
Watch Fieldwork With a Scientist video.

Melanie Stiassny
Melanie Stiassny
Hi, I'm Melanie Stiassny and I'm an ichthyologist, a scientist who studies fish. At the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, I work on everything that has to do with fish, from research and exhibits to scientific expeditions. Take a look at some photos from my latest expedition to Africa's lower Congo River. It's the home of one of the most diverse fish communities in the world.

All Museum photos: ©AMNH/M.Stiassny


Articles

Rough Waters
Science World | One of the world's most turbulent rivers is home to a wide array of fish species. Now, large dams are threatening their future.

What Fish Should You Buy?
What Fish Should You Buy?
by Tiffany Chaparro
Scholastic News Online | September23,2005
Coral reef fish are endangered, but a new protection group is trying to save them.
The (Fish) Eyes Have It
The (Fish) Eyes Have It
by Gail Hennessey
Scholastic News Online | April25,2008
Near a small island in Indonesia, divers have found a very unusual fish that has humanlike eyes that point forward on its very flat face!
Funky-looking Fish
Funky-looking Fish
by Laura Leigh Davidson
Scholastic News Online | March3,2009
What has bulging green eyes, a transparent head, and lives in the dark? It's Macropinna microstoma. Marine biologists discovered the fish in 1939, but until recently had no idea why its head is transparent.

The World's Smallest Fish?
by Ezra Billinkoff
Scholastic News Online | February3,2006
A group of scientists claim to have discovered the world's tiniest fish.

Robofish
Scholastic News Online | August21,2006
This is an article about a robotic fish at the London Aquarium.

Activities

Ocean Life | Research Starters
Ocean Life | Research Starters
Looking at the articles, pictures, and other materials in this Research Starter may give you more ideas about the study of oceans.
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