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  1. Lewis MA, Petrovskii SV, Potts JR. (2016) The mathematics behind biological invasions. Springer, Interdisciplinary Applied Maths Series 44.

Journal articles

  1. Bastille-Rousseau G, Murray DL, Schaefer JA, Lewis MA, Mahoney S, Potts JR. (2017) Spatial scales of habitat selection decisions: implications for telemetry-based movement modelling. Ecography 40:001–007, doi:10.1111/ecog.02655
  2. Potts JR, Petrovskii SV. (2017) Fortune favours the brave: movement responses shape demographic dynamics in strongly competing populations. J Theor Biol 420:190–199, doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.03.011
  3. Wang Y, Potts JR. (2017) Partial differential equation techniques for analysing animal movement: a comparison of different methods. J Theor Biol 416:52-67, doi:10.1016/j.jtbi.2017.01.002
  4. Merkle JA, Potts JR, Fortin D. (2017) Energy benefits and emergent space use patterns of an empirically parameterized model of memory-based patch selection. Oikos 126:185-196, doi:10.1111/oik.03356
  5. Bastille-Rousseau G, Potts JR, Yackulic C, Frair J, Ellington EH, Gibbs J, Blake S. (2016) Flexible characterization of animal movement pattern using net squared displacement and a latent state model. Move Ecol 4:15, doi:10.1186/s40462-016-0080-y
  6. Potts JR, Lewis MA. (2016) How memory of direct animal interactions can lead to territorial pattern formation. J Roy Soc Interface 13:20160059, doi:10.1098/rsif.2016.0059 (preprint)
  7. Demars CA, Breed GA, Potts JR, Boutin S. (2016) Spatial patterning of prey at reproduction to reduce predation risk: what drives dispersion from groups? Am Nat 187:678-687, doi:10.1086/685856
  8. Potts JR, Lewis MA. (2016) Territorial pattern formation in the absence of an attractive potential. J Math Biol 72:25-46, doi:10.1007/s00285-015-0881-4 (preprint)
  9. Avgar T, Potts JR, Boyce MS, Lewis MA. (2016) Integrated step selection analysis: bridging the gap between resource selection and animal movement. Methods Ecol Evol 7:619-630, doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12528
  10. Potts JR, Hillen T, Lewis MA. (2016) The `edge effect' phenomenon: deriving population abundance patterns from individual movement decisions. Theor Ecol 9:233-247, doi:10.1007/s12080-015-0283-7
  11. Bastille-Rousseau G, Potts JR, Schaefer JA, Lewis MA, Ellington H, Rayl ND, Mahoney SP, Murray DL. (2015) Unveiling tradeoffs in resource selection of migratory caribou using a mechanistic movement model of availability. Ecography 38:1049–1059, doi:10.1111/ecog.01305
  12. Potts JR, Mokross K, Stouffer PC, Lewis MA. (2014) Step selection techniques uncover the environmental predictors of space use patterns in flocks of Amazonian birds. Ecol Evol 4:4578–4588, doi:10.1002/ece3.1306
  13. Potts JR, Auger-Méthé M, Mokross K, Lewis MA. (2014) A generalized residual technique for analyzing complex movement models using earth mover's distance. Methods Ecol Evol 5:1012-1022 (preprint)
  14. Potts JR, Lewis MA. (2014) A mathematical approach to territorial pattern formation. Am Math Mon 121(9):754-770
  15. Potts JR, Mokross K, Lewis MA. (2014) A unifying framework for quantifying the nature of animal interactions. J Roy Soc Interface 11:20140333 (preprint)
  16. Potts JR, Lewis MA. (2014) How do animal territories form and change? Lessons from 20 years of mechanistic modelling. Proc Roy Soc B 281:20140231
  17. Potts JR, Bastille-Rousseau G, Murray DL, Schaefer JA, Lewis MA. (2014) Predicting local and non-local effects of resources on animal space use using a mechanistic step-selection model. Methods Ecol Evol 5:253–262.
  18. Giuggioli L, Potts JR, Rubenstein DI, Levin SA. (2013) Stigmergy, collective actions and social spacing. Proc Nat Acad Sci 110(42):16904-9 Access the recommendation on F1000Prime
  19. Potts JR, Harris S, Giuggioli L. (2013) Quantifying behavioural changes in territorial animals caused by sudden population declines. Am Nat 182:E73-E82 Access the recommendation on F1000Prime
  20. Potts JR, Harris S, Giuggioli L. (2012) Territorial dynamics and stable home range formation for central place foragers. PLoS One 7(3):e0034033
  21. Giuggioli L, Potts JR, Harris S. (2012) Predicting oscillatory dynamics in the movement of territorial animals. J Roy Soc Interface 9:1529-1543
  22. Potts JR, Harris S, Giuggioli L. (2011) An anti-symmetric exclusion process for two particles on an infinite 1D lattice. J Phys A: Math Theor 44:485003
  23. Giuggioli L, Potts JR, Harris S. (2011) Brownian walkers within subdiffusing territorial boundaries. Phys Rev E 83:061138
  24. Giuggioli L, Potts JR, Harris S. (2011) Animal interactions and the emergence of territoriality. PLoS Comput Biol 7(3):e1002008


  1. Potts JR. (2012) A complex systems approach to the emergence of animal territoriality. PhD, Bristol University.
  2. Potts JR. (2006) Algebraic structures on singular (co)chains. PhD, Warwick University.