Dr David Fisher

Dr David Fisher
PhD, AHEA, MRes, BSc

Research Fellow

Dr David Fisher
Dr David Fisher

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The University of Aberdeen Room 1.12
Cruickshank Building


I study social interactions and the role they play in evolutionary and ecological processes. My works involves observations of wild animals and data analysis using quantitative genetics and social network analysis. 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.



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  • Territory acquisition mediates the influence of predators and climate on juvenile red squirrel survival

    Hendrix, J. G., Fisher, D. N., Martinig, A. R., Boutin, S., Dantzer, B., Lane, J. E., McAdam, A. G.

    Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 89, no. 6, pp. 1408-1418

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Assessing the repeatability, robustness to disturbance, and parent–offspring colony resemblance of collective behavior

    Fisher, D. N., Lichtenstein, J. L. L., Costa‐Pereira, R., Yeager, J., Pruitt, J. N.

    Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 410-421

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Behavioral and physiological evidence that increasing group size ameliorates the impacts of social disturbance

    Anderson, H. M., Little, A. G., Fisher, D., McEwen, B. M., Culbert, B. M., Balshine, S., Pruitt, J. N.

    Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 223, no. 14, jeb217075

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Collective aggressiveness limits colony persistence in high- but not low-elevation sites at Amazonian social spiders

    Lichtenstein, J., Fisher, D., McEwen, B., Nondorf, D., Calvache, E., Schmitz, C., Elässer, J., Pruitt, J.

    Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 1362-1367

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Collective behaviour is not robust to disturbance, yet parent and offspring colonies resemble each other in social spiders

    Fisher, D. N., Lichtenstein, J. L., Costa-Pereira, R., Yeager, J., Pruitt, J. N.


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  • Egg discrimination is mediated by individual differences in queen olfactory responsiveness and boldness

    Wright, C., McEwen, B., Fisher, D., Lichtenstein, J., Antoun, A., Tibbetts, E., Pruitt, J.

    Behavioral Ecology, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1306-1313

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Foundress number, but not queen size or boldness, predicts colony life-history in wild paper wasps

    Wright, C., Fisher, D., Nerone, W., Lichtenstein, J., Tibbetts, E., Pruitt, J.

    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 128, no. 1, pp. 20-29

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

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