Here, we feature research papers and other scientific publications using the RangeShifter platform.

Release papers

  • Bocedi G, Palmer SCF, Pe’er G, Heikkinen RK, Matsinos YG, Watts K, Travis JMJ (2014). RangeShifter: a platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changes. Methods in Ecology and Evolution 5: 388–96.
  • Bocedi G, Palmer SCF, Malchow AK, Zurell D, Watts K, Travis JMJ (2021) RangeShifter 2.0: An extended and enhanced platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changes. Ecography.
  • Malchow AK, Bocedi G, Palmer SCF, Travis JMJ, Zurell D (2021) RangeShiftR: an R package for individual-based simulation of spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changes. Ecography.


  • Aben J, Bocedi G, Palmer SCF, Pellikka P, Strubbe D, Hallmann C, Travis JMJ, Lens L, Matthysen E (2016) The importance of realistic dispersal models in conservation planning: application of a novel modelling platform to evaluate management scenarios in an Afrotropical biodiversity hotspot. Journal of Applied Ecology 53: 1055–1065.
  • Anderson C, Travis JMJ, Palmer SCF, Crick QP, Lancaster LT (2022) Getting lost in the matrix? On how the characteristics and arrangement of linear landscape elements influence ecological connectivity. Landscape Ecology 37: 2503–2517.
  • Barros C, Palmer SCF, Bocedi G, Travis JMJ (2016) Spread rates on fragmented landscapes: the interacting roles of demography, dispersal and habitat availability. Diversity and Distributions 22: 1266-1275.
  • Bleyhl B, Ghoddousi A, Askerov E, Bocedi G, Breitenmoser U, Manvelyan K, Palmer S, Soofi M, Weinberg P, Zazanashvili N, Shmunk V, Zurell D, Kümmerle T (2021) Reducing persecution is more effective for restoring large carnivores than restoring their prey. Ecological Applications 31: e02338.
  • Bocedi G, Zurell D, Reineking B, Travis JMJ (2014) Mechanistic modelling of animal dispersal offers new insights into range expansion dynamics across fragmented landscapes. Ecography 37: 1240–1253.
  • Dominguez Almela V, Palmer SCF, Gillingham PK, Travis JMJ, Britton JR (2020) Integrating an individual-based model with approximate Bayesian computation to predict the invasion of a freshwater fish provides insights into dispersal and range expansion dynamics. Biological Invasions 22: 1461–1480.
  • Dominguez Almela V, Palmer SCF, Andreou D, Gillingham PK, Travis JMJ, Britton JR (2021) Predicting the outcomes of management strategies for controlling invasive river fishes using individual-based models. Journal of Applied Ecology 58: 2427– 2440.
  • Dominguez Almela V, Palmer SCF, Andreou D, Gillingham PK, Travis JMJ, Britton JR (2022) Predicting the influence of river network configuration, biological traits and habitat quality interactions on riverine fish invasions. Diversity and Distributions 28: 257– 270.
  • Fitt RNL, Palmer S, Hand C, Travis JMJ, Lancaster LT (2019) Towards an interactive, process-based approach to understanding range shifts: developmental and environmental dependencies matter. Ecography 42: 201–210.
  • Fraser EJ, Lambin X, Travis JMJ, Harrington LA, Palmer SCF, Bocedi G, Macdonald DW (2015) Range expansion of an invasive species through a heterogeneous landscape - the case of American mink in Scotland. Diversity and Distributions 21: 888–900.
  • Grimmett L, Whitsed R, Horta A (2021) Creating virtual species to test species distribution models: the importance of landscape structure, dispersal and population processes. Ecography 44: 753-765.
  • Heikkinen RK, Bocedi G, Kuussaari M, Heliölä J, Leikola N, Pöyry J, Travis JMJ (2014) Impacts of land cover data selection and trait parameterisation on dynamic modelling of species’ range expansion. PloS One 9: e108436.
  • Heikkinen RK, Pöyry J, Virkkala R, Bocedi G, Kuussaari M, Schweiger O, Settele J, Travis JMJ (2015) Modelling potential success of conservation translocations of a specialist grassland butterfly. Biological Conservation 192: 200–206.
  • Henry RC, Bocedi G, Dytham C, Travis JMJ (2014) Inter-annual variability influences the eco-evolutionary dynamics of range-shifting. PeerJ 1: e228.
  • Henry RC, Palmer SCF, Watts K, Mitchell RJ, Atkinson N, Travis JMJ (2017) Tree loss impacts on ecological connectivity: Developing models for assessment. Ecological Informatics 42: 90–99.
  • Hunter-Ayad J, Hassall C (2020) An empirical, cross-taxon evaluation of landscape-scale connectivity. Biodiversity and Conservation 29: 1339–1359.
  • Melero Y, Stefanescu C, Palmer SCF, Travis JMJ, Pino J (2020) The role of the urban landscape on species with contrasting dispersal ability: Insights from greening plans for Barcelona. Landscape and Urban Planning 195: 103707.
  • Ovenden TS, Palmer SCF, Travis JMJ, Healey JR (2019) Improving reintroduction success in large carnivores through individual-based modelling: How to reintroduce Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) to Scotland. Biological Conservation 234: 140–153.
  • Plenderleith FA, Palmer SCF, Travis JMJ, Lancaster LT, Stockan JA, Mitchell RJ (2022) The consequences of tree disease and pre-emptive felling on functional and genetic connectivity for woodland invertebrates. Ecological Informatics 72: 101820.
  • Plenderleith FA, Irrazabal VA, Burslem DFRP, Travis JMJ, Powell PA (2022) Predicting spatially heterogeneous invasive spread: (Pyracantha angustifolia) invading a dry Andean valley in northern Argentina. Biological Invasions 24, 2201–2216.
  • Samson E, Hirsch PE, Palmer SCF, Behrens JW, Brodin T, Travis JMJ (2017) Early Engagement of Stakeholders with Individual-Based Modeling Can Inform Research for Improving Invasive Species Management: The Round Goby as a Case Study. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 5: 149.
  • Santini L, Cornulier T, Bullock JM, Palmer SCF, White SM, Hodgson JA, Bocedi G, Travis JMJ (2016) A trait-based approach for predicting species responses to environmental change from sparse data: how well might terrestrial mammals track climate change? Global Change Biology 22: 2415–2424.
  • Seaman DJI, Voigt M, Bocedi G, Travis JMJ, Palmer SCF, Ancrenaz M, Meijaard E, Bernard H, Deere NJ, Humle T, Struebig MJ (2021) Orangutan movement and population dynamics across human-modified landscapes: implications of policy and management. Landscape Ecol.
  • Sun Y, Wang T, Skidmore AK, Palmer SCF, Ye X, Ding C, Wang Q (2016) Predicting and understanding spatio-tempral dynamics of species recovery: implications for Asian crested ibis Nipponia nippon conservation in China. Diversity and Distributions 22: 893-904.
  • Synes NW, Brown C, Palmer SCF, Bocedi G, Osborne PE, Watts K, Franklin J, Travis JMJ (2019) Coupled land use and ecological models reveal emergence and feedbacks in socio‐ecological systems. Ecography 42: 814–825.
  • Synes NW, Ponchon A, Palmer SCF, Osborne PE, Bocedi G, Travis JMJ, Watts K (2020) Prioritising conservation actions for biodiversity: lessening the impact from habitat fragmentation and climate change. Biological Conservation 252: 108819.
  • Synes NW, Watts K, Palmer SCF, Bocedi G, Bartoń KA, Osborne PE, Travis JMJ (2015) A multi-species modelling approach to examine the impact of alternative climate change adaptation strategies on range shifting ability in a fragmented landscape. Ecological Informatics 30: 222–229.
  • Urban MC, Travis JMJ, Zurell D, Thompson PL, Synes NW, Scarpa A, Peres-Neto PR, Malchow AK, James PMA, Gravel D, De Meester L, Brown C, Bocedi G, Albert CH, Gonzalez A, Hendry AP, Coding for Life: Designing a Platform for Projecting and Protecting Global Biodiversity, BioScience 72: 91–104.
  • Williams RJ, Dunn AM, Mendes da Costa L, Hassall C (2021) Climate and habitat configuration limit range expansion and patterns of dispersal in a non-native lizard. Ecol Evol. 11: 3332– 3346.