Dr James Charles Russell
I am a conservation biologist jointly appointed in the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Statistics. I obtained my PhD in Biology and Statistics from the University of Auckland in 2007 and then worked overseas before joining the faculty in 2010.
Research | Current
My research focuses broadly on biodiversity, biosecurity and conservation with a particular emphasis on island ecosystems.
I am interested in a variety of ecological questions which often have underlying application to conservation. I have a particular enthusiasm for islands, where complex ecological relationships can become reducible and tractable.
Of particular interest are population and behavioural biology questions relating to what makes species threatened or invasive, and how these trends can be reversed. I also work with macroecology questions related to biogeography such as species diversity and community composition, and in the application of genetic methods within an ecological context.
My work often has a strong statistical modelling or analytical component. I also have a strong interest in animal ethics and environmental values.
Research sites have included New Zealand, Southern Ocean, Western Indian Ocean, French Polynesia, Atlantic Ocean, North Atlantic, Mediterranean and the Tibetan Plateau.
Teaching | Current
I co-ordinate BIOSCI739 Dialogues in Biology and contribute teaching to BIOSCI104 New Zealand Ecology and Conservation, BIOSCI206 Principles of Ecology and ENVSCI733 Biodiversity Management and Conservation.
I am happy to discuss graduate project supervision in areas of ecology and conservation, particularly those drawing on quantitative and social sciences. My students have an excellent track record of gaining immediate employment in the conservation and environment sector.
- 2018 Society for Conservation Biology Oceania Section Distinguished Service Award
- 2015 Scientist Without Frontiers (Brazil)
- 2014 Rutherford Discovery Fellow
- 2013 National Geographic Explorer
- 2012 Prime Minister's Emerging Scientist Prize Winner
Project Leader, National Science Challenge
Senate Member, Sub-Professorial Staff at Large, University of Auckland
Health and Safety Committee, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
Marketing Committee, School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland
Areas of expertise
- Island conservation
- Invasive species
Strategy Team, PF2050 Ltd
Science Adviser, Zero Invasive Predators
Associate Editor, Biological Invasions
Strategic Committee, Predator Free New Zealand
Scientific Advisory Board, Tetiaroa Society
Advisory Group, Endangered Species Foundation New Zealand
Scientific Advisor, Hauturu Supporters Trust
Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)
- Russell, J. C., Taylor, C. N., & Aley, J. P. (2018). Social assessment of inhabited islands for wildlife management and eradication. Australasian Journal of Environmental Management, 25 (1), 24-42. 10.1080/14486563.2017.1401964
- Russell, J. C., Meyer, J. Y., Holmes, N. D., & Pagad, S. (2017). Invasive alien species on islands: Impacts, distribution, interactions and management. Environmental Conservation, 44 (4), 359-370. 10.1017/S0376892917000297
- Russell, J. C., & Blackburn, T. M. (2017). Invasive alien species: Denialism, disagreement, definitions, and dialogue. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 32 (5), 312-314. 10.1016/j.tree.2017.02.005
- Russell, J. C., Binnie, H. R., Oh, J., Anderson, D. P., & Samaniego-Herrera, A. (2017). Optimizing confirmation of invasive species eradication with rapid eradication assessment. Journal of Applied Ecology, 54 (1), 160-169. 10.1111/1365-2664.12753
- Courchamp, F., Fournier, A., Bellard, C., Bertelsmeier, C., Bonnaud, E., Jeschke, J. M., & Russell, J. C. (2017). Invasion Biology: Specific Problems and Possible Solutions. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 (1), 13-22. 10.1016/j.tree.2016.11.001
- Russell, J. C., & Blackburn, T. M. (2017). The Rise of Invasive Species Denialism. Trends in Ecology & Evolution, 32 (1), 3-6. 10.1016/j.tree.2016.10.012
- Russell, J. C., Jones, H. P., Armstrong, D. P., Courchamp, F., Kappes, P. J., Seddon, P. J., ... Rocamora, G. (2016). Importance of lethal control of invasive predators for island conservation. Conservation Biology, 30 (3), 670-672. 10.1111/cobi.12666
- Jones, H. P., Holmes, N. D., Butchart, S. H. M., Tershy, B. R., Kappes, P. J., Corkery, I., ... Burbidge, A. A. (2016). Invasive mammal eradication on islands results in substantial conservation gains. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 113 (15), 4033-4038. 10.1073/pnas.1521179113
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Primary office location
SCIENCE CENTRE 303S - Bldg 303S
38 PRINCES ST
Secondary office location
TAMAKI BUILDING 733 - Bldg 733
Level 3 , Room 334
TAMAKI CAMPUS GATE 1, 261 MORRIN RD