Professor Justin Travis
2006 – Lecturer (from 2008, Senior lecturer, and from, 2013 Professor) in Ecological and Evolutionary Modellinf, University of Aberdeen.
2004 – 2006 Senior Scientific Officer, NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Banchory, UK
2001- 2004 University of St Andrews, UK. Research Fellow in the Centre for Conservation Science.
1999 -2001 University of Lund, Sweden, Research fellow within the Climate Impacts Group
Degrees: PhD 1999 Imperial College London. MSc 1996 University of York. BSc(hons)1994 University of York
Much of my research uses models to study the population and evolutionary dynamics of spatially structured populations. Key interests include (1) the evolutionary ecology and population genetics of range expansions, (2) incorporating greater realism into the dispersal process within spatial population models, (3) evolvability (including the causes and consequences of mutation rate) and (4) the evolutionary ecology of longevity. While most of my group's work focusses on using stochastic individual-based models, I am increasingly interested in how these can be combined both with modern statistical methods (including Bayesian approaches) and analytical approximations to gain greater insights and predictive capabilities.
Funding and Grants
Substantial Grants Awarded Since 2012:
2018-2022 NERC Research Grant, "Forecasting biodiversity losses in Wallacea from ecological and evolutionary patterns and processes". PI of international team. (£850,000)
2018-2022 BBSRC Studentship Grant, "Using artificial intelligence to improve the forecast for biodiversity under environmental change" (£99,000)
2017-2021 NERC Research Grant, “Linking demographic theory and data to forecast the dynamics of spatially-structured seasonally-mobile populations” (£650,000). Co-I responsible for developing mechanistic migration models.
2017-2019 Marie Curie International Fellowship (Ð„215,000) Scientist in charge for Dr Aurore Ponchon.
2015-2016 STFC Newton AgriTech (£350,000) Local PI responsible for systems modelling of fire risk in China.
2015-2017 Marie Curie International Fellowship (Ð„220,000). Scientist in Charge for Dr Job Aben.
2012-2014 Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship (Ð„190,000). Scientist in Charge for Dr Kamil Barton.
2012-2015 NERC Responsive, PI “Managing Landscapes for Biodiversity Under Climate Change” (£355,000)
Most of my teaching is at Masters level. In particular, I co-ordinate two modules, one on Population Ecology and one on Advanced Ecological Modelling. At undergraduate level, I contribute to several courses at both 3rd and 4th year, most substantially to 3rd year Population Ecology where I introduce ecological modelling.
Teaching Philosophy: I enjoy the challenge of making quantitative topics and programming accessible to as many students as possible, and this is the focus of most of my teaching. I believe that almost all students are capable of learning to program, and that many obtain considerable satisfaction from the realisation that they can master it. I am interested in employing active learning methods within quantitative courses that have traditionally relied heavily on often dry lectures. In my Masters teaching I have been using 'learning through teaching' methods where individuals are each guided in putting together material to teach their peers about a particular aspect of modeling. This is proving a very successful way of improving understanding and creates considerable enthusiasm.
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RangeShifter 2.0: An extended and enhanced platform for modelling spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species’ responses to environmental changesEcography, vol. 44, no. 10, pp. 1453-1462Contributions to Journals: Articles
Spatially explicit models for decision-making in animal conservation and restorationEcographyContributions to Journals: Articles
RangeShiftR: an R package for individual-based simulation of spatial eco-evolutionary dynamics and species' responses to environmental changesEcographyContributions to Journals: Articles
Coding for Life: Designing a platform for projecting and protecting global biodiversityBioScienceContributions to Journals: Articles
Predicting the outcomes of management strategies for controlling invasive river fishes using individual-based modelsJournal of Applied EcologyContributions to Journals: Articles
Ancient geological dynamics impact neutral biodiversity accumulation and are detectable in phylogenetic reconstructionsGlobal Ecology and Biogeography, vol. 38, no. 8, pp. 1633–1642Contributions to Journals: Articles
Predicting current and future global distribution of invasive Ligustrum lucidum (W.T. Aiton): assessing emerging risks to biodiversity hotspotsDiversity and Distributions, vol. 27, no. 8, pp. 1568-1583Contributions to Journals: Articles
Orangutan movement and population dynamics across human-modified landscapes: implications of policy and managementLandscape Ecology, vol. 36, pp. 2957-2975Contributions to Journals: Articles
Dispersal Evolution in Currents: spatial sorting promotes philopatry in upstream patchesEcography, vol. 44, no. 2, pp. 231-242Contributions to Journals: Articles
What you see is where you go: visibility influences movement decisions of a forest Q1 bird navigating a three-dimensional structured matrixBiology Letters, vol. 17, no. 1, 20200478Contributions to Journals: Articles