Professor Russell Death

Management Group

Russell Death is a Professor in Freshwater Ecology in the School of Agriculture and Environment at Massey University. He has had nearly 30 years’ experience in ecological research and teaching.

Professor Death’s area of expertise is the ecology of stream invertebrates and fish. Although his primary interest is ecology research, he have also been involved in applying that science in water management planning arenas such as the One Plan, Canterbury Regional Plan and the Ruataniwha irrigation scheme.

Professor Death was awarded the New Zealand Freshwater Science Medal in 2017 for an outstanding contribution to our understanding and management of freshwaters.


  • Freshwater ecology
  • Community ecology


Russell Death