Philippe Béarez was born in Foix, French Pyrenees, in 1958. After receiving a Master of Hydrobiology from the university of Toulouse, he began working on fish population dynamics, small scale fisheries and the aquaculture of continental fresh and brackish waters, in France and in Africa (Cameroun, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso, Madagascar). From 1992 he worked in South America, mainly Ecuador and Peru, where he spent 5 years studying the marine ichthyofauna and coastal archaeo-ichthyology. In 1996 he graduated as Doctor of the National Museum of Natural History of Paris, where, since then, he has continued his research as an investigator for the National Science Research Council (CNRS). Dr Béarez publishes on three main subjects: the taxonomy and biogeography of tropical eastern Pacific fishes, fish skeletal anatomy, and pre-Hispanic environments and fishing strategies.