James Russell (ecologist)
Russell is most widely known for his research on Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in New Zealand. One of the rats he studied swam over 400 metres between two Hauraki Gulf islands, breaking the swimming distance record for rats. The intentions of the rat are believed to have been amorous. The rat, known as Razza, was featured in Nature, and later in a children's book by Witi Ihimaera.
- James C. Russell; David R. Towns; Sandra H. Anderson; Mick N. Clout (20 October 2005). "Intercepting the first rat ashore". Nature. 437 (1107): 1107. PMID 16237434. doi:10.1038/4371107a.
- "Witi Ihimaera puts Razza the Rat back into the spotlight". University of Auckland. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2008.
- Russell's page at University of California, Berkeley
- Invasion ecology and genetics of Norway rats on New Zealand islands, Russell's PhD thesis
- archived Webpage from Auckland University archive.org, retrieved on 11th of August 2016