About the Author

A Ph.D. in Ecosystem Dynamics from the Australian National University in 1992, then consultant to WHO, Parks and Wildlife, Land and Natural Resources services until moving to the San Diego Supercomputer Center at University of California San Diego in 1997. There I helped to develop computational and data intensive infrastructure for ecological niche modeling mainly using museum collections data with grants from the NSF, USGS and DOT. I developed the GARP (Genetic Algorithm for Rule-set Production) system making contributions modeling of invasive species, epidemiology of human diseases, the discovery of new species, and effects on species of climate change. Judged by the US Immigration Service as an Outstanding Researcher, a category for those recognized internationally as outstanding in their academic field.

Popular Articles


Stockwell D.R.B. 2007. Niche Modeling: Predictions from Statistical Distributions. Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL.

Peer Reviewed Publications (Google Scholar)


Borsboom A.C. 2012. Roadside survey and management recommendations for the endangered skink Lerista allanae. Unpublished report, abridged version. Queensland Herbarium, Queensland Department of Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts, Brisbane. PDF

David R.B. Stockwell and Kenneth Stewart, 2012. “Biases in the Australian High Quality Temperature Network”. Energy & Environment, 23:8. PDF

A. Rahman, B. Verma and D Stockwell 2012. “An Hierarchical Approach Towards Road Image Segmentation”, In IEEE International Joint Conference on Neural Networks (IJCNN), Brisbane, Australia, 2012. PDF

Brijesh Verma and David Stockwell, 2011. “An Automated System for the Analysis of the Status of Road Safety Using Neural Networks”, Neural Information Processing, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 2011, Volume 7064/2011, 530-537, PDF.

Stockwell DRB, 2010. Critique of drought models in the Australian Drought Exceptional Circumstances Report (DECR), Energy & Environment PDF.

Vıctor Sanchez-Cordero, David Stockwell, Sahotra Sarkar, Hawoei Liu, Christopher R. Stephens and Joaquın Gimenez. Competitive interactions between felid species may limit the southern distribution of bobcats Lynx rufus Ecography 31: 757-764, 2008. PDF

Linke, S., Norris, R.H., Faith, D.P. and Stockwell, D. ANNA: A new prediction method for bioassessment programs. Freshwater Biology

Stockwell, D.R.B., Beach J.H., Stewart A., Vorontsov G., Vieglais D., and Scachetti Pereira R. The use of the GARP genetic algorithm and Internet grid computing in the Lifemapper world atlas of species biodiversity

Peterson, A.T., M.A. Ortega-Heuerta, J. Bartley, V. Sánchez-Cordero, J. Soberón, R.H. Buddemeier, , and D.R.B. Stockwell 2002. Future projections for Mexican faunas under global climate change senarios. Nature, 416: 626-629. PDF

Stockwell, D.R.B. and Peterson, A.T. 2003. Comparison of resolution of methods for mapping biodiversity patterns from point-occurrence data. Ecological Indicators 3:3 213-221. PDF

Stockwell D.R.B. and A.T. Peterson 2002. Controlling bias during predictive modeling with museum data. In Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy, (Scott, J.M., P.J. Heglund, M. Morrison, M. Raphael, J. Haufler, and B. Wall, editors). Island Press. Covello, CA.

Peterson, A.T., Stockwell D.R.B. and D.A. Kluza, 2002. Distributional Prediction based on Ecological Niche Modeling of Primary Occurrence Data. In Predicting Species Occurrences: Issues of Scale and Accuracy, (Scott, J.M., P.J. Heglund, M. Morrison, M. Raphael, J. Haufler, and B. Wall, editors). Island Press. Covello, CA.

Joseph, L. and D.R.B. Stockwell, 2002. Climatic modeling of the distribution of some Pyrrhura parakeets of northwestern South America with notes on their systematics and special reference to Pyrrhura caeruleiceps Todd, 1947, Ornitologia Neotropical 13:1-8

Stockwell, D.R.B. and Peterson, A.T. 2002. Effects of sample size on accuracy of species distribution models. Ecological Modelling 148:1-13. PDF

Joseph, L. and D. Stockwell 2000. Temperature based models of the migration of Swainson’s flycatcher Myiarchus swainsoni across South America: a new use for museum specimens of migratory birds. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences 150:293-300.

Stockwell D.R.B., Arzberger P., Fountain T., and Helly J. 2000. An Interface between Computing, Ecology and Biodiversity: Environmental Informatics. Korean J. Ecol., 23:2 101-106.

Stockwell, D.R.B. 1999 Genetic Algorithms II. Pp 123-144 in A.H. Fielding (ed) Machine Learning Methods for Ecological Applications. Kluwer Academic Publishers, Boston.

Stockwell D.R.B. and D. Peters 1999. The GARP Modeling System: problems and solutions to automated spatial prediction. International Journal of Geographical Information Science 13:2 143-158.

Stockwell D.R.B. 1997. Generic Predictive Systems: An empirical evaluation of the Learning Base System as an automated predictive system. Expert Systems with Applications, 12:3 301-310. PDF

Boston A.N. and Stockwell D.R.B. 1995. Interactive species distribution reporting, mapping and modeling using the World Wide Web. Computer Networks and ISDN Systems 28: 231-238. PDF

Davey S.M., Stockwell D.R.B. and Peters D.G. 1995. Managing biological diversity with intelligent systems. AI Applications, 9:2 69-89.

Stockwell, D.R.B. 1993. Machine learning and the problem of predictions and explanation in ecology. PhD Thesis, Australian National University.

Stockwell D.R.B. 1993. LBS: Bayesian Learning System for rapid expert system development. Expert Systems with Applications, 6, 137-147

Stockwell, D.R.B. and I.R. Noble. 1992. Induction of sets of rules from animal distribution data: a robust and informative method of data analysis. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation, 33: 385-390. PDF

Davey, S.M. and D.R.B. Stockwell. 1991. Incorporating habitat into an Artificial Intelligence framework: concepts, theory and practicalities. A.I. Applications in Natural Resource Management. 5:2 59-104

Stockwell, D.R.B. and D.G. Green. 1990. Parallel computing in ecological simulation. Mathematics and Computers in Simulation. 32: 249-254.

Stockwell, D.R.B., S.M. Davey, J.R. Davis, and I.R. Noble. 1990. Using induction of decision trees to predict Greater Glider density. A.I. Applications in Natural Resource Management 4:4 33-43.

Stockwell, D.R.B. 1987. Expert systems and wildlife management: rule-based estimation of the population density of arboreal marsupials in Coolangubra State Forest. Honours thesis, Department of Forestry, The Australian National University, Canberra.

Stockwell, D.R., K.W. Bentley and C.B. Kerr. 1986. In-vitro Dissolution Characteristics of Uranium Oxides. Radiation Effects 97: 91-100.

Bentley, K.W., D.R. Stockwell, K.A. Britt and C.B. Kerr. 1985. Transient Proteinuria and Aminoaciduria in Rodents Following Uranium Intoxication, Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology 34: 407-416.

Bentley, K.W., D.R. Stockwell and C.B. Kerr. 1984. Uranium in Human Blood, Radiation Effects Letters 85: 81-86.