IUCN Freshwater Fish Specialist Group

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Global Chair

Dr Richard Sneider

Richard Sneider photo_cRichard is the CEO of One World Apparel LLC and Unger Fabrik LLC. He is also active member of the Chairman’s Council of Conservation International, the Board at the Los Angeles Zoo, and the Board of the Humpty Dumpty Institute.

Richard has a deep-rooted interest in exploration and fieldwork. Fascinated by nature, human societies, and their interaction he has visited some of the most interesting and pristine places in the Americas, Africa, and Asia, and participated in biodiversity monitoring programs, often in areas not previously surveyed or collected.  He has been deeply involved in the world of Aquaria for 35 years and still designs, builds, and sustains freshwater eco-systems, as well as participated in freshwater fish field surveys in the Amazon, Mexico and Western Papua. Richard took on the role of Global Chair of FFSG in December 2013.

Email: [email protected]


Programme Officer

Alex Mauroner

Alex Mauroner

Alex Mauroner joined the FFSG Secretariat in June 2014, as the temporary Programme Officer. Alex recently earned his Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Science at Oregon State University where he concentrated in Natural Resources. He received his B.A. in Biology from Westminster College (Missouri). He has studied ecology in Belize and worked on leatherback turtle conservation in Grenada during his education. Recently he served as an intern for Conservation International’s Alliance for Global Water Adaptation, working with Ian Harrison, and where he gained experience in climate adaptation, working for non-profits on environmental issues, and collaborating with experts and stakeholders across sectors.

Alex will be serving under the guidance of Dr. Richard Sneider and will be working closely with Ian on several aspects of FFSG operations, including fundraising, planning FFSG meetings, assisting with developing FFSG’s priority activities, website outreach, and day-to-day operations of the Group.

Email: [email protected]


Technical Officer

Dr Ian Harrison


Ian joined the FFSG Secretariat at the end of 2013 to assist Dr Richard Sneider.

Ian obtained his Ph.D. in systematic ichthyology at the University of Bristol, UK, has conducted postdoctoral research on marine and freshwater fishes in universities and museums in France, Italy, Belgium, and the USA. He has conducted fieldwork in Europe, Central and South America, West and Western Central Africa, the Philippines, and the Central Pacific. He has assisted IUCN’s Global Species Programme, coordinating activities for the Global Freshwater Biodiversity Assessment, a joint program run by IUCN, Conservation International (CI) and NatureServe. He is currently working for CI’s Center for Environment and Peace and works with the University of Minnesota on an international collaborative project, funded by the Belmont Forum.

Email: [email protected]


Global Chair (2004 – 2013)

Professor Gordon McGregor Reid

Gordon 004, 2010 ShadeGordon has had a diverse international career involving biological research, conservation, animal welfare and environmental education. He has authored more than 200 scientific publications, and held senior positions in zoos, museums and universities.

He is a Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liverpool; Scientific Research Associate, British Museum of Natural History; and Director Emeritus of Chester Zoo (The North of England Zoological Society). He was Director General of Chester Zoo, for more than 15 years, until his retirement in 2010.

Gordon founded the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group  and served as Global Chair since it was established in 2004. He stepped down as Chair in December 2013.


Regional Chairs

To find out about the Regional Chairs for the Freshwater Fish Specialist Group, please visit the FFSG Regions page and click on the relevant region.

Steering Committee

Claudio Baigún (Wetlands International, Argentina)
David Cooper (Mahurangi Technical Institute, New Zealand)
Harmony Patricio (FishBio, USA/Lao)
Heather Koldewey (Zoological Society of London, UK)
Ian Harrison (Conservation International, USA)
Jörg Freyhof (Independent Research Scientist, Germany)
Mamaa Entsua-Mensah (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Ghana)
Mark Lintermans (Applied Ecology, University of Canberra, Australia)
Matthew Gollock (Zoological Society of London, UK)
Melanie Stiassny (American Museum of Natural History, USA)
Michele Thieme (World Wildlife Fund, USA)
Nicolas Tubbs (RSPB, UK)
Paul Skelton (South African Institute for Aquatic Biodiversity, South Africa)
Pete Rand (IUCN Salmon Specialist Group)
Rajeev Raghavan (Conservation Research Group, St. Albert’s College, Kochi, India)
Richard Vari (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA)
Roberto E. Reis (Catholic Pontifical University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil)
Tony Whitten (Fauna and Flora International, UK)
Topiltzin Contreras MacBeath (University of Morelos, Mexico)
Ward Hagemeijer (Wetlands International, The Netherlands)
William Darwall (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, UK)
Zeb Hogan (University of Nevada-Reno, USA)

Special Advisors to the FFSG

Biodiversity: Michele Thieme (World Wildlife Fund, USA)
Communications: Topis Contreras MacBeath (University of Morelos, Mexico)
Cryobiology: Krishen Rana (University of Stirling, UK)
Development: Tony Whitten (Fauna and Flora International, UK)
FishBase: Rainer Froese (FishBase)
Fundraising: Ian Harrison (Conservation International, USA)
Gene banking: David Rawson (University of Bedfordshire, UK)
Geographic databases: Kevin Smith (IUCN Freshwater Biodiversity Unit, UK)
Impacts of dams and canals on biodiversity: Carmen Revenga (The Nature Conservancy)
Migratory species: Zeb Hogan (University of Nevada-Reno, USA) and Claudio Baigún (Wetlands International, Argentina)
Re-introductions and ex situ conservation: Heather Koldewey (Zoological Society of London, UK)
Subterranean fishes: Graham Proudlove (University of Manchester, UK)
Sustainable Trade in Ornamental Fishes: Scott Dowd (New England Aquarium, USA)
Systematics/taxonomy: Richard Vari (National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, USA)

Freshwater representative to the IUCN SSC Red List Committee: Rajeev Raghavan (Conservation Research Group, St. Albert’s College, Kochi, India)