Dr. Barry Russell, Principal Scientist from the Department of Natural Resources, Northern Territory, Australia, visited the RMBR from the 9 Feb to 13 Feb 2009. He was previously the Assistant Director of Natural Sciences, at the Northern Territory Museum, Darwin.
Dr. Russell is an Ichthyologist and is currently working on fishes from the family Synodontidae, genus Saurida or better known as lizardfishes. He is here to look at the collection in the Zoological Reference Collection. Besides lizardfishes, he is also working on those in the families Nemipteridae (threadfin breams) and Labridae (wrasses).
Apart from all the above, he has been researching on the Castelnau historical fish collection and paintings (1859-1862) from the University of Liège Zoological Museum, Belgium. The collection and paintings were of both freshwater and marine fishes of Southeast Asian origins, including that of Singapore which is one of his particular interests.