Dr David Fisher

Dr David Fisher
PhD, AHEA, MRes, BSc

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Dr David Fisher
Dr David Fisher

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I study social interactions and the role they play in evolutionary and ecological processes. My works involves observations of wild animals and experiments in invertebrates in the laboratory, with analytial frameworks such as 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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  • Anticipated effects of abiotic environmental change on intraspecific social interactions

    Fisher, D. N., Kilgour, R. J., Siracusa, E. R., Foote, J. R., Hobson, E. A., Montiglio, P., Saltz, J. B., Wey, T. W., Wice, E. W.

    Biological Reviews, brv.12772

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  • Episodic correlations in behavioural lateralization differ between a poison frog and its mimic

    Anderson, H. M., Fisher, D. N., McEwen, B. L., Yeager, J., Pruitt, J. N., Barnett, J. B.

    Animal Behaviour, vol. 174, pp. 207-215

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • Orb-weaving spiders show a correlated syndrome of morphology and web structure in the wild

    Fisher, D. N., Pruitt, J. N., Yeager, J.

    Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 131, no. 2, pp. 449-463

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • The performance of permutations and exponential random graph models when analyzing animal networks

    Evans, J. C., Fisher, D. N., Silk, M. J.

    Behavioral Ecology, vol. 31, no. 5, pp. 1266-1276

    Contributions to Journals: Articles

  • 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

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  • 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

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