Dr Barry Russell

Dr Barry Russell

Biography

Dr Barry Russell is a former Assistant Director of the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Darwin, and was also Principal Scientist (Marine Biodiversity) with the Northern Territory Department of Natural Resources, and Environment. He has over 30 years research experience on the systematics, ecology and behaviour of tropical demersal fishes of the Indo-West Pacific, and has published more than 150 papers on the taxonomy and ecology of fishes. He has worked extensively in the northern Australia - Southeast Asian region, and undertaken collaborative scientific projects with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), German Agency for Technical Co-operation (GTZ), the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Flora and Fauna International (FFI) and CSIRO. He is currently Emeritus Curator of Fishes at the Northern Territory Museum and is an adjunct researcher at Charles Darwin University. He co-chairs the Snapper, Seabream and Grunt Specialist Group of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). His current research interests include:

  • Rapid biodiversity assessment of coral reef fishes
  • Bioregional/ biodiversity studies of shelf/ slope fishes of the northern Australian region
  • Taxonomy and systematics of lizardfishes (Synodontidae) and threadfin breams (Nemipteridae) of the world
  • History of early natural history in northern Australia