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 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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  • Fisher, DN, Lichtenstein, JLL, Costa‐Pereira, R, Yeager, J & Pruitt, JN 2020, 'Assessing the repeatability, robustness to disturbance, and parent–offspring colony resemblance of collective behavior', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 33, no. 4, pp. 410-421. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13576
  • Anderson, HM, Little, AG, Fisher, D, McEwen, BM, Culbert, BM, Balshine, S & Pruitt, JN 2020, 'Behavioral and physiological evidence that increasing group size ameliorates the impacts of social disturbance', Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 223, no. 14, jeb217075. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1242/jeb.217075
  • Fisher, DN & Pruitt, JN 2020, 'Insights from the study of complex systems for the ecology and evolution of animal populations', Current Zoology, vol. 66, no. 1, pp. 1-14. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/cz/zoz016
  • Hendrix, JG, Fisher, DN, Martinig, AR, Boutin, S, Dantzer, B, Lane, JE & McAdam, AG 2020, 'Territory acquisition mediates the influence of predators and climate on juvenile red squirrel survival', Journal of Animal Ecology, vol. 89, no. 6, pp. 1408-1418. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/1365-2656.13209
  • Pruitt, JN, Little, AG, Majumdar, SJ, Schoener, TW & Fisher, DN 2019, 'Call-to-Action: A Global Consortium for Tropical Cyclone Ecology', Trends in Ecology and Evolution, vol. 34, no. 7, pp. 588-590. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2019.04.009
  • Lichtenstein, JLL, Fisher, DN, McEwen, BL, Nondorf, DT, Calvache, E, Schmitz, C, Elässer, J & Pruitt, JN 2019, 'Collective aggressiveness limits colony persistence in high- but not low-elevation sites at Amazonian social spiders', Journal of Evolutionary Biology, vol. 32, no. 12, pp. 1362-1367. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/jeb.13532
  • Fisher, DN, Lichtenstein, JLL, Costa-Pereira, R, Yeager, J & Pruitt, JN 2019, Collective behaviour is not robust to disturbance, yet parent and offspring colonies resemble each other in social spiders.. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1101/761338
  • Rodríguez-Muñoz, R, Boonekamp, JJ, Liu, XP, Skicko, I, Pedersen, SH, Fisher, DN, Hopwood, P & Tregenza, T 2019, 'Comparing individual and population measures of senescence across 10 years in a wild insect population', Evolution, vol. 73, no. 2, pp. 293-302. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/evo.13674
  • Fisher, DN, Rodríguez-Muñoz, R & Tregenza, T 2019, 'Dynamic networks of fighting and mating in a wild cricket population', Animal Behaviour, vol. 155, pp. 179-188. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2019.05.026
  • Wright, CM, McEwen, BL, Fisher, DN, Lichtenstein, JLL, Antoun, A, Tibbetts, EA & Pruitt, JN 2019, 'Egg discrimination is mediated by individual differences in queen olfactory responsiveness and boldness', Behavioral Ecology, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1306-1313. [Online] DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/beheco/arz078
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