James Russell (ecologist)

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James C. Russell is a New Zealand ecologist. He has a PhD from the University of Auckland.

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,[1] and later in a children's book by Witi Ihimaera.[2]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ "Witi Ihimaera puts Razza the Rat back into the spotlight". University of Auckland. 23 November 2006. Archived from the original on 17 October 2008. 

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