SBS scientist visits Marlon Brando’s tropical atoll

12 December 2016

University of Auckland scientist Dr. James Russell has recently been working on the private tropical atoll of the late actor Marlon Brando. The University of Auckland collaborated with Pacific Biosecurity and the Pacific Invasives Initiative, alongside the Tetiaroa Society, to undertake surveys of invasive ants and rats across the 12 motu of Tetiaroa atoll. These baseline surveys of ants and rats will assist the Tetiaroa Society in developing their conservation management plan for the atoll.

Tetiaroa atoll was purchased by Marlon Brando in the late 1960s after he filmed Mutiny on the Bounty. More recently The Brando eco-resort has been built on the atoll, and is one of the few places in the world to achieve LEED Platinum status for energy and environmental efficiency. Dr. Russell has been working on Tetiaroa atoll since 2009, when he undertook the first systematic survey of rats across the atoll.