Dr David Fisher
PhD, AHEA, MRes, BSc
I study behaviour and the role it plays in evolutionary and ecological processes, with a particular focus on social interactions. My works involves observations of wild animals, experiments in invertebrates in the laboratory, as well as simulation studies and reviews of statistical methods such as social network analysis. I also have an interest in the importance of social interactions in plants, the welfare of captive and farmed invertebrates, and how changing climates impact animal populations. Please get in touch if you would like to know more
Previously I worked at McMaster University (Canada), looking at the heritability and evolution of group traits in social spiders, and at the University of Guelph (Canada), studying North American red squirrels in the Yukon. I completed my PhD at the University of Exeter (Cornwall campus), and my Masters at the University of Liverpool.
Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
I work on the School of Biological Sciences Retention committee, looking for ways we can improve student continuation rates.
- External Memberships
I am the Pre-print Editor for Evolution Letters
I am a member of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology, the Association for the Study of Animal Behaviour, the British Ecological Society, the Animal Welfare Research Network, and the British Arachnological Society.
Prizes and Awards
In 2022 I was awarded the Principal's Prize for Outstanding Research and Engagement in the category ECR (STEM)
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Social associations in lactating dairy cows housed in a robotic milking systemApplied Animal Behaviour Science, vol. 249, 105589Contributions to Journals: Articles
Social Selection and the Evolution of MaladaptationJournal of Heredity, vol. 113, no. 1, pp. 61-68Contributions to Journals: Articles
Anticipated effects of abiotic environmental change on intraspecific social interactionsBiological Reviews, vol. 96, no. 6, pp. 2661-2693Contributions to Journals: Articles
Social selection is density dependent but makes little contribution to total selection in New Zealand giraffe weevilsProceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 288, no. 1952, 20210696Contributions to Journals: Articles
Episodic correlations in behavioural lateralization differ between a poison frog and its mimicAnimal Behaviour, vol. 174, pp. 207-215Contributions to Journals: Articles
Multilayer network analysis: new opportunities and challenges for studying animal social systemsCurrent Zoology, vol. 67, no. 1, pp. 45-48Contributions to Journals: Articles
Using multilayer network analysis to explore the temporal dynamics of collective behaviorCurrent Zoology, vol. 67, pp. 71-80Contributions to Journals: Articles
Orb-weaving spiders show a correlated syndrome of morphology and web structure in the wildBiological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 131, no. 2, pp. 449-463Contributions to Journals: Articles
The performance of permutations and exponential random graph models when analyzing animal networksBehavioral Ecology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1266-1276Contributions to Journals: Articles
Territory acquisition mediates the influence of predators and climate on juvenile red squirrel survivalJournal of Animal Ecology, vol. 89, no. 6, pp. 1408-1418Contributions to Journals: Articles