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Dr Barry Russell

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Dr Barry Russell,
BSc, MSc (Hons), PhD, GradCert Public Sector Mgt

Contact Details

Phone: +61-8-89209241
Fax: +61-8-89209222
Mob. 0404045229
Office: ATRF 109

Research Interests

Barry Russell is an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow in the School of Enviornmental and Life Sciences at Charles Darwin University. Curator Emeritus of Fishes at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and an Associate Research Scientist in the Marine Biodiversity Group of the Department of Natural Resources, Environment, the Arts and Sports. He is also Chair of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature(IUCN) Snappers, Seabreams and Grunts Red List Authority.

He has over 30 years research experience on the systematics, ecology and behaviour of tropical demersal fishes of the Indo-West Pacific. He has worked extensively in the N. Australia - SE 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 Global Marine Species AssessmentThe Nature Conservancy (TNC), and CSIRO.

His current research interests include:

  • Rapid biodiversity assessment
  • Bioregional/ biodiversity studies of shelf/ slope fishes of the northern Australian region
  • Deepwater fish biodiversity of tropical Indo-W. Pacific basins
  • Taxonomy and systematics of lizardfishes (Synodontidae) and threadfin breams (Nemipteridae) of the world
  • History of early natural history in northern Australia

Current Major Projects

  • Conservation assessment of tropical demersal fishes of the Indo-West Pacific.
  • Taxonomy and phylogenetics of the lizard fish genus Saurida.
  • Taxonomy and phylogenetics of the threadfin breams, family Nemipteridae.
  • The ichthyological contributions of F.L. de Castelnau.


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