Professional summary

Research Interests

I am interested in species' population dynamics and spatial distributions, what drives them and methods that can be used to predict them. At present I mostly use statistical models and machine learning to try and draw inferences about species' geographic distributions from unstructured occurrence data. In the past I have developed and applied mechanistic individual-based models to try and predict how fish stocks will respond to various environmental and management scenarios.




Watson, J. W., Boyd, R., Dutta, R., Vasdekis, G., Walker, N. D., Roy, S., Everitt, R., Hyder, K., & Sibly, R. M. (2022). Incorporating environmental variability in a spatially-explicit individual-based model of European sea bass ✰. Ecological Modelling, 466, 109878.


Boyd, R. J., Powney, G., Carvell, C., & Pescott, O. L. (2021). occAssess: An R package for assessing potential biases in species occurrence data. Ecology and Evolution, September.

Boyd, R. J., Isaac, N. J. B., Cooke, R., Mancini, F., August, T., Powney, G. D., Logie, M. W., & Roy, D. B. (2021). Practical considerations for implementing species distribution Essential Biodiversity Variables. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards.


Boyd, R., Walker, N., Hyder, K., Thorpe, R., Roy, S., & Sibly, R. (2020). SEASIM-NEAM: a Spatially-Explicit Agent-based SIMulator of NorthEast Atlantic Mackerel population dynamics. MethodsX, 7(2014), 100892.

Boyd R, Thorpe R, Hyder K, Roy S, Walker N and Sibly R (2020) Potential Consequences of Climate and Management Scenarios for the Northeast Atlantic Mackerel Fishery. Front. Mar. Sci. 7:639. doi: 10.3389/fmars.2020.00639

Boyd, R., R. M. Sibly, K. Hyder, R. B. Thorpe, N. D. Walker, and S. Roy. 2020. Simulating the summer feeding distribution of Northeast Atlantic mackerel with a mechanistic individual-based model. Progress in Oceanography 183:102299.

Mintram, K. S., Maynard, S. K., Brown, A. R., Boyd, R., Johnston, A. S. A., Sibly, R. M., … Tyler, C. R. (2020). Applying a mechanistic model to predict interacting effects of chemical exposure and food availability on fish populations. Aquatic Toxicology, 224(November 2019), 105483.

Walker, A. N., Boyd, R., Watson, J., Radford, Z., Readdy, L., Sibly, R., … Hyder, K. (2020). A spatially explicit individual-based model to support management of commercial and recreational fisheries for European sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax. Ecological Modelling, 44(0), 524450.

Watson, J. W., Hyder, K., Boyd, R., Thorpe, R., Simon, M., Keno, W., … Sibly, R. M. (2020). Assessing the sublethal impacts of anthropogenic stressors on fish : An energy-budget approach. Fish and Fisheries, (June), 1–12.


Johnston, A. S. A., Boyd, R. J., Watson, J. W., Paul, A., Evans, L. C., Gardner, E. L., … El, G. (2019). Predicting population responses to environmental change from individual- level mechanisms : towards a standardized mechanistic approach. Proceedings. Biological Sciences / The Royal Society.


Boyd, R., S. Roy, R. Sibly, R. Thorpe, and K. Hyder. 2018. A general approach to incorporating spatial and temporal variation in individual-based models of fish populations with application to Atlantic mackerel. Ecological Modelling 382:9–17.



Bsc (hons), MSc, PhD