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Ph.D. dissertation

Anderson, R. P. 2001. Systematics and biogeographic modeling of spiny pocket mice (Rodentia: Heteromyidae: Heteromys) in South America. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Kansas, Lawrence. ix + 169 pp.



Peterson, A.T., J. Soberón, R. G. Pearson, R. P. Anderson, E. Martínez-Meyer, M. Nakamura, and M. B. Araújo. 2011. Ecological niches and geographic distributions. Monographs in Population Biology, 49. Princeton University Press.



Book chapters:


Anderson, R. P. 2015. Family Heteromyidae. Pp. 51-58 in: Mammals of South America, Volume 2: Rodents. J. L. Patton, U. F. J. Pardiñas, and G. D’Elía (editors). University of Chicago Press. (PDF)


Journal publications:



Soley‐Guardia, M., Alvarado‐Serrano, D. F., & Anderson, R. P. (2024). Top ten hazards to avoid when modeling species distributions: a didactic guide of assumptions, problems, and recommendations. Ecography, e06852. [Editor's Choice]. (PDF) 


Kass, J. M., G. E. Pinilla-Buitrago, A. Paz, B. A. Johnson, V. Grisales-Betancur, S. I. Meenan, D. Attali, O. Broennimann, P. J. Galante, B. S. Maitner, H. L. Owens, S. Varela, C. Merow, M. E. Aiello-Lammens, M. E. Blair, and R. P. Anderson. 2023. wallace v2: a shiny app for modeling species niches and distributions redesigned to facilitate expansion via module contributions. Ecography, e06547. (PDF) (Supp).

Anderson, R. P. 2023. Integrating habitat-masked range maps with quantifications of prevalence to estimate area of occupancy in IUCN Assessments. Conservation Biology 37:e14019.  (PDF).


Merow, C., P. J. Galante, J. M. Kass, M. E. Aiello-Lammens, C. Babich Morrow, B. E. Gerstner, V. Grisales-Betancur, A. C. Moore, E. A. Noguera-Urbano, G. E. Pinilla-Buitrago, J. Velásquez-Tibatá, R. P. Anderson, and M. E. Blair. 2022. Operationalizing expert knowledge in species' range estimates using diverse data types. Frontiers of Biogeography, 14: e53589. (PDF)

Morente-López, J., J. M. Kass, C. Lara-Romero, J. M. Serra-Diaz, J. C. Soto-Correa, R. P. Anderson*, and J. M. Iriondo*. [*Equal contribution of senior authors.] 2022. Linking ecological niche models and common garden experiments to predict phenotypic differentiation in stressful environments: assessing the adaptive value of marginal populations in an alpine plant. Global Change Biology, 28:4143–4162. (PDF).

Peterson, A. T., Aiello-Lammens, M. E., Amatulli, G., Anderson R. P., Cobos, M.E., Diniz-Filho J. A. F, Escobar L. E., Feng, X., Franklin, J., Gadelha Jr., Luiz M. R., Georges, D., Guéguen, M., Gueta, T., Ingenloff, K., Jarvie S., Jiménez, L., Karger, D. N., Kass, J.M., Kearney, M. R., Loyola, R., Machado-Stredel, F., Martínez-Meyer, E., Merow, C., Mondelli, M. L., Ribeiro Mortara, S., Muscarella, R., Myers, C. E., Naimi, B., Noesgaard, D., Ondo, I.,  Osorio-Olvera, L., Owens,  H. L. Pearson, R., Pinilla-Buitrago, G. E.,  Sánchez-Tapia,  A., Saupe, E. E., Thuiller, W., Varela, S., Warren, D. L., Wieczorek,  J., Yates, K., Zhu, G., Zuquim, G., Zurell, D. ENM2020: a free online course and set of resources on modeling species niches and distributions. Biodiversity Informatics 17:1-9. (PDF).


Kass, J. M., Muscarella, R., Galante, P. J., Bohl, C. L., Pinilla-Buitrago, G. E., Boria, R. A., Soley-Guardia, M., and Anderson, R. P. 2021. ENMeval 2.0: Redesigned for customizable and reproducible modeling of species’ niches and distributions. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (12) 9:1602-1608. (PDF) (Supp).

Gavrutenko, M., B. E. Gerstner, J. M. Kass, S. M. Goodman, and R. P. Anderson. 2021. Temporal matching of occurrence localities and forest cover data helps improve range estimates and predict climate change vulnerabilities. Global Ecology and Conservation, 27: e01569. (PDF) (Supp).

Kass, J. M., Meenan, S. I., Tinoco, N., Burneo, S. F., and Anderson, R. P. 2021. Improving area of occupancy estimates for parapatric species using distribution models and support vector machines. Ecological Applications, 31: e02228. (PDF) (Supp). 


Anderson, R. P., M. B. Araújo, A. Guisan, J. M. Lobo, E. Martínez-Meyer, A. T. Peterson, and J. M. Soberón. 2020. Optimizing biodiversity informatics to improve information flow, data quality, and utility for science and society. Frontiers of Biogeography, 12: e47839. doi 10.21425/F5FBG47839 (PDF).

Kass, J. M., Anderson, R. P., Espinosa-Lucas, A., Juárez-Jaimes, V., Martínez-Salas, E., Botello, F., Tavera, G., Flores-Martínez, J.J., Sánchez-Cordero, V. 2020. Biotic predictors with phenological information improve range estimates for migrating monarch butterflies in Mexico. Ecography, 43: 341–352. [Editor's Choice]. doi 10.1111/ecog.04886 (Online Supplementary Material



Anderson, R. P., M. A. Eifler, H. C. Lanier, and T. Holmes. 2019. Mammalian research honoring the educational contributions of Grinnell Awardee Robert M. Timm. Journal of Mammalogy, 100:1710–1712. [not peer reviewed]. doi 10.1093/jmammal/gyz159  (PDF).

Araújo, M. B., R. P. Anderson, A. M. Barbosa, C. M. Beale, C. F. Dormann, R. Early, R. A. Garcia, A. Guisan, L. Maiorano, B. Naimi, R. B. O’Hara, N. E. Zimmermann, and C. Rahbek. 2019. Standards for models in biodiversity assessments. Science Advances, 5: eaat4858. doi 10.1126/sciadv.aat4858 (Online Supplementary Material) (PDF).

Bohl, C. L., J. M. Kass, and R. P. Anderson. 2019. A new null model approach to quantifying performance and significance for ecological niche models of species distributions. Journal of Biogeography. 46:1101–1111. [Editor’s Choice]. doi 10.1111/jbi.13573​ (Online Supplementary Material) (PDF).

Burger, J. R., R . P. Anderson, M. A. Balk, and T. S. Fristoe. 2019. A Constraint-based model of Dynamic Island Biogeography: environmental history and species traits predict hysteresis in populations and communities. Frontiers of Biogeography. 11:e44383. doi 10.21425/F5FBG44383 (PDF).

Peterson, A. T. et al. (55 total authors). 2019. Open access solutions for biodiversity journals: Do not replace one problem with another. Diversity and Distributions, 25:5–8. doi 10.1111/ddi.12885 (PDF).

Peterson, A. T., R. P. Anderson, M. E. Cobos, M. Cuahutle, A. P. Cuervo-Robayo, L. E. Escobar, M. Fernandez, D. Jiménez-García, A. Lira-Noriega, J. M. Lobo, F. Machado-Stredel, E. Martínez-Meyer, C. Nuñez-Penichet, J. Nori, L. Osorio-Olvera, M. T. Rodríguez, O. Rojas-Soto, D. Romero-Álvarez, J. Soberón, S. Varela, and C. Yañez-Arenas. 2019. Curso Modelado de Nicho Ecológico, Versión 1.0. Biodiversity Informatics, 14:1–7. doi 10.17161/bi.v14i0.8189 (PDF).

Soley-Guardia, M., A. C. Carnaval, and R. P. Anderson. 2019. Sufficient versus optimal climatic stability during the Late Quaternary: using environmental quality to guide phylogeographic inferences in a Neotropical montane system. Journal of Mammalogy, 100: 1783–1807.​ doi 10.1093/jmammal/gyz162  (PDF).


Galante, P. J., B. Alade, R. Muscarella, S. A. Jansa, S. M. Goodman, and R. P. Anderson. 2018. The challenge of modeling niches and distributions for data-poor species: a comprehensive approach to model complexity. Ecography. 41:726–736. [Editor's Choice]

doi 10.1111/ecog.02909 (PDF).

Gerstner, B. E., J. M. Kass, R. Kays, K. M. Helgen, and R. P. Anderson. 2018. Revised distributional estimates for the recently discovered olinguito, (Bassaricyon neblina), with comments on natural and taxonomic history. Journal of Mammalogy. 99:321-332. doi 10.1093/jmammal/gyy012  (PDF).

Guevara, L., B. E. Gerstner, J. M. Kass, and R. P. Anderson. 2018. Toward ecologically realistic predictions of species distributions: A cross-time example from tropical montane cloud forests. Global Change Biology. 24:1511-1522. doi 10.1111/gcb.13992  (PDF).

Guevara, L., L. León-Paniagua, J. Rios, and R. P. Anderson. 2018. Variation among Global Circulation Models for reconstructions of geographic distributions at the Last Glacial Maximum: relevance for phylogeography. Ecosistemas. 27:62-76. doi 10.7818/ECOS.1443 (PDF).

Kass, J. M., B. Vilela, M. E. Aiello-Lammens, R. Muscarella, C. Merow, and R. P. Anderson. 2018. WALLACE: A flexible platform for reproducible modeling of species niches and distributions built for community expansion. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.

9:1151-1156. doi 10.1111/2041-210X.12945  (PDF).

Sanín, C. and R. P. Anderson. 2018. A framework for simultaneous tests of abiotic, biotic, and historical drivers of species distributions: empirical tests for North American wood-warblers based on climate and pollen. American Naturalist. 192:E48-E61. doi 10.1086/697537  (PDF).


Anderson, R. P. 2017. When and how should biotic interactions be considered in models of species niches and distributions? Journal of Biogeography. 44:8-17.​ doi 10.1111/jbi.12825  (PDF).

Boria, R. A., L. E. Olson, S. M. Goodman, and R. P. Anderson. 2017. A single-algorithm ensemble approach to estimating suitability and uncertainty: cross-time projections for four Malagasy tenrecs. Diversity and Distributions. 23:196-208. doi 10.1111/ddi.12510 (Online Supplementary Material(PDF).

Phillips, S. J., R. P. Anderson, M. Dudík, R. E. Schapire, M. E. Blair. 2017. Opening the black box: an open–source release of Maxent. Ecography. 40:887-893. doi 10.1111/ecog.03049  (PDF).



Cook J. A., S. E. Greiman, S. J. Agosta, R. P. Anderson, B. S. Arbogast, R. J. Baker, W. Boeger, R. D. Bradley, D. R. Brooks, R. Cole, J. R. Demboski, A. P. Dobson, J. L. Dunnum, R. P. Eckerlin, J. Esselstyn, K. E. Galbreath, J. Hawdon, H. E. Hoekstra, S. J. Kutz, J. E. Light, L. E. Olson, B. D. Patterson, J. L. Patton, A. J. Phillips, E. Rickart, D. S. Rogers, M. E. Siddall, V. V. Tkach, E. P. Hoberg. 2016. Transformational principles for NEON sampling of mammalian parasites and pathogens: a response to Springer and colleagues. BioScience. 66:917-919. doi 10.1093/biosci/biw123 (PDF).


Soley-Guardia, M., E. E. Gutiérrez, D. M. Thomas, J. Ochoa-G., M. Aguilera, and R. P. Anderson. 2016. Are we overestimating the niche? Removing marginal localities helps ecological niche models detect environmental barriers. Ecology and Evolution. 6:1267-1279. doi 10.1002/ece3.1900 (Online Supplementary Material) (PDF)


Aiello-Lammens, M. E., R. A. Boria, A. Radosavljevic, B. Vilela, and R. P. Anderson. 2015. spThin: an R package for spatial thinning of species occurrence records for use in ecological niche models. Ecography. 38:541-545. doi 10.1111/ecog.01132  (PDF).

Anderson, R. P. 2015. El modelado de nichos y distribuciones: no es simplemente “clic, clic, clic.” [With English and French translations: Modeling niches and distributions: it’s not just “click, click, click” and La modélisation de niche et de distributions: ce n’est pas juste “clic, clic, clic”]. Biogeografía. 8:4-27. [invited by the editors; not peer-reviewed] (PDF).


Anderson, R. P. 2014. [Review of:] Ponsà Fontanals, M. 2011. Osvaldo Reig: la vida itinerante de un biólogo evolucionista. Journal of Mammalogy. 95:187–188. PDF [not peer-reviewed].


Boria, R. A., L. E. Olson, S. M. Goodman, and R. P. Anderson. 2014. Spatial filtering to reduce sampling bias can improve the performance of ecological niche models. Ecological Modelling. 275:73-77. doi 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.12.012  (PDF).


Gutiérrez, E. E., R. P. Anderson, R. S. Voss, J. Ochoa-G., M. Aguilera, and S. A. Jansa. 2014. Phylogeography of the mouse opossum Marmosa robinsoni: with insights into the biogeographic history of dry habitats in northern South America. Journal of Mammalogy. 95:1175-1188. doi 10.1644/14-MAMM-A-069 (PDF).


Gutiérrez, E. E., R. A. Boria, and R. P. Anderson. 2014. Can biotic interactions cause allopatry? Niche models, competition, and distributions of South American mouse opossums. Ecography. 37:741-753. doi 10.1111/ecog.00620 (Online Supplementary Material) (PDF).

Muscarella, R., P. J. Galante, M. Soley-Guardia, R. A. Boria, J. M. Kass, M. Uriarte, and R. P. Anderson. 2014. ENMeval: An R package for conducting spatially independent evaluations and estimating optimal model complexity for MAXENT ecological niche models. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 5:1198-1205. doi 10.1111/2041-210X.12261 (PDF).


Radosavljevic, A. and R. P. Anderson. 2014. Making better Maxent models of species distributions: complexity, overfitting, and evaluation. Journal of Biogeography. 41:629-643. doi 10.1111/jbi.12227. (Online Supplementary Material)


Soley-Guardia, M., A. Radosavljevic, J. L. Rivera, and R. P. Anderson. 2014. The effect of spatially marginal localities in modelling species niches and distributions. Journal of Biogeography. 41:1390-1401. doi 10.1111/jbi.12297 (Online Supplementary Material S1, Online Supplementary Material S2(PDF).


Varela, S., R. P. Anderson, R. García-Valdés, and F. Fernández-González. 2014. Environmental filters reduce the effects of sampling bias and improve predictions of ecological niche models. Ecography. 37:1084–1091. doi 10.1111/j.1600-0587.2013.00441.x (PDF).


Waltari, E., Schroeder, R., Mcdonald, K., Anderson, R.P., & Carnaval, A. 2014. Bioclimatic variables derived from remote sensing: Assessment and application for species distribution modelling. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 1033-1042. doi 10.1111/2041-210X.12264 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. 2013. A framework for using niche models to estimate impacts of climate change on species distributions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. 1297:8-28. doi 10.1111/nyas.12264 (PDF).


Shcheglovitova, M. and R. P. Anderson. 2013. Estimating optimal complexity for ecological niche models: a jackknife approach for species with small sample sizes. Ecological Modelling. 269:9-17. doi 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2013.08.011 (Online Supplementary Material(PDF).



Anderson, R. P., E. E. Gutiérrez, J. Ochoa-G., F. J. García, and M. Aguilera. 2012. Faunal nestedness and species-area relationship for small non-volant mammals in “sky islands” of northern Venezuela. Studies on Neotropical Fauna and Environment. 47:157-170. doi 10.1080/01650521.2012.745295 (Online Supplementary Material(PDF).


Anderson, R. P. 2012. Harnessing the world’s biodiversity data: promise and peril in ecological niche modeling of species distributions. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1260:66-80. doi 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2011.06440.x (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and I. Gonzalez, Jr. 2011. Species-specific tuning increases robustness to sampling bias in models of species distributions: an implementation with Maxent. Ecological Modelling, 222:2796-2811. doi 10.1016/j.ecolmodel.2011.04.011 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and A. Raza. 2010. The effect of the extent of the study region on GIS models of species geographic distributions and estimates of niche evolution: preliminary tests with montane rodents (genus Nephelomys) in Venezuela. Journal of Biogeography, 37:1378-1393. doi 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2010.02290.x (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and E. E. Gutiérrez. 2009. Taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of the genus Heteromys (Rodentia: Heteromyidae) in central and eastern Venezuela, with the description of a new species from the Cordillera de la Costa. In: R. S. Voss and M. D. Carleton (editors), Systematic mammalogy: contributions in honor of Guy G. Musser. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 331:33-93. doi 10.1206/0003-0082(2003)396<0001:TDANHO>2.0.CO;2 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and S.A. Jansa. 2007. Genetic comparisons between Heteromys desmarestianus and the recently described H. nubicolens (Rodentia: Heteromyidae) in northwestern Costa Rica. Mammalian Biology, 72:54-61.  

doi 10.1016/j.mambio.2006.04.003 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P., A. T. Peterson, and S. L. Egbert. 2006. Vegetation-index models predict areas vulnerable to purple loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria) invasion in Kansas. Southwestern Naturalist, 51:471-480. doi 10.1894/0038-4909(2006)51[471:VMPAVT]2.0.CO;2 (PDF).


Anderson, R. P. and R. M. Timm. 2006. A new montane species of spiny pocket mouse (Rodentia: Heteromyidae: Heteromys) from northwestern Costa Rica. American Museum Novitates, 3509:1-38.  doi 10.1206/0003-0082(2006)3509[1:ANMSOS]2.0.CO;2



Anderson, R. P., M. Weksler, and D. S. Rogers. 2006. Phylogenetic analyses of spiny pocket mice (Heteromyidae: Heteromyinae) based on allozymic and morphological data. Journal of Mammalogy, 87:1218-1233. doi 10.1644/06-MAMM-A-096R1.1 (PDF).


Elith, J., C. H. Graham, R. P. Anderson, M. Dudík, S. Ferrier, A. Guisan, R. J. Hijmans, F. Huettmann, J. R. Leathwick, A. Lehmann, J. Li, L. G. Lohmann, B. A. Loiselle, G. Manion, C. Moritz, M. Nakamura, Y. Nakazawa, J. M. Overton, A. T. Peterson, S. J. Phillips, K. Richardson, R. Scachetti-Pereira, R. E. Schapire, J. Soberón, S. Williams, M. S. Wisz, and N. E. Zimmerman. 2006. Novel methods improve prediction of species’ distributions from occurrence data. Ecography, 29:129-151. pdf

[This work was featured in the "Research Highlights" section of Nature, 18 May 2006: 259 pdf].


Phillips, S. J., R. P. Anderson, and R. E. Schapire. 2006. Maximum entropy modeling of species geographic distributions. Ecological Modelling, 190:231-259. pdf



Anderson, R. P. and E. Martínez-Meyer. 2004. Modeling species’ geographic distributions for preliminary conservation assessments: an implementation with the spiny pocket mice (Heteromys) of Ecuador. Biological Conservation, 116:167-179. doi 10.1016/S0006-3207(03)00187-3 (PDF).


Gómez-Laverde, M., R. P. Anderson, and L. F. García. 2004. Integrated systematic reevaluation of the Amazonian genus Scolomys (Rodentia: Sigmodontinae). Mammalian Biology, 69:119-139. doi 10.1078/1616-5047-00126 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. 2003. Real vs. artefactual absences in species distributions: tests for Oryzomys albigularis (Rodentia: Muridae) in Venezuela. Journal of Biogeography, 30:591-605. doi 10.1046/j.1365-2699.2003.00867.x (PDF).


Anderson, R. P. 2003. Taxonomy, distribution, and natural history of the genus Heteromys (Rodentia: Heteromyidae) in western Venezuela, with the description of a dwarf species from the Península de Paraguaná. American Museum Novitates, 3396:1-43. (PDF).


Anderson, R. P., D. Lew, and A. T. Peterson. 2003. Evaluating predictive models of species' distributions: criteria for selecting optimal models. Ecological Modelling, 162:211-232. doi 10.1016/S0304-3800(02)00349-6 (PDF).



Anderson, R. P., M. Gómez-Laverde, and A. T. Peterson. 2002. Geographical distributions of spiny pocket mice in South America: insights from predictive models. Global Ecology & Biogeography, 11:131-141. doi 10.1046/j.1466-822X.2002.00275.x (PDF).


Anderson, R. P. and C. O. Handley, Jr. 2002. Dwarfism in insular sloths: biogeography, selection, and evolutionary rate. Evolution, 56:1045-1058. doi 10.1111/j.0014-3820.2002.tb01415.x (PDF). 


Anderson, R. P. and P. Jarrín-V. 2002. A new species of spiny pocket mouse (Heteromyidae: Heteromys) endemic to western Ecuador. American Museum Novitates, 3382:1-26. (PDF)


Anderson, R. P., A. T. Peterson, and M. Gómez-Laverde. 2002. Using niche-based GIS modeling to test geographic predictions of competitive exclusion and competitive release in South American pocket mice. Oikos, 98:3-16. doi 10.1034/j.1600-0706.2002.t01-1-980116.x (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and C. O. Handley, Jr. 2001. A new species of three-toed sloth (Mammalia: Xenarthra) from Panamá, with a review of the genus Bradypus. Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, 114:1-33. (PDF).


[This work was featured in the "Discoveries" section of BBC Wildlife magazine, October 2001:17; and in the “Wildlife” section of National Geographic magazine, March 2006:2, 20].

Download Excel file of Bradypus localities from this paper



Anderson, R. P. 1999 [2000]. Preliminary review of the systematics and biogeography of the spiny pocket mice (Heteromys) of Colombia. Revista de la Academia Colombiana de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales, 23 (Suplemento especial):613-630. (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. and P. J. Soriano. 1999. The occurrence and biogeographic significance of the southern spiny pocket mouse Heteromys australis in Venezuela. Zeitschrift für Säugetierkunde, 64:121-125. (PDF).

Lim, B. K., M. D. Engstrom, R. M. Timm, R. P. Anderson, and L. C. Watson. 1999. First records of 10 bat species in Guyana and comments on diversity of bats in Iwokrama Forest. Acta Chiropterologica, 1:179-190. (PDF).



Cadena, A., R. P. Anderson, and P. Rivas-Pava. 1998. Colombian mammals from the Chocoan slopes of Nariño. Occasional Papers of the Museum, Texas Tech University, 180:1-15. (PDF).



Anderson, R. P. 1994. Faunal Analysis of Feature 4, 14JW1. In: B. Logan and W. E. Banks (editors), White Rock revised: archaeological investigation of the White Rock and Warne sites, Lovewell Reservoir, Jewell County, Kansas. University of Kansas Museum of Anthropology Project Report Series, 85: 55-64. [invited by the editors; not peer-reviewed]











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