Dr David Fisher
Dr David Fisher

Dr David Fisher

PhD, AHEA, MRes, BSc

Research Fellow



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)