Associate Professor Diana Fisher

Associate Professor

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
d.fisher@uq.edu.au
+61 7 334 69004

Overview

Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, University of Qld. January 2019

UQ Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Investigating conservation and life history evolution of mammals in Australia and Melanesia. January 2016 – December 2018.

ARC Future Fellow / Senior Lecturer, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Investigating life history evolution, extinction and conservation ecology of carnivorous marsupials. January 2012 – December 2015.

ARC Australian Research Fellow, School of Biological Sciences, University of Queensland. Investigating causes of animal extinction and rediscovery, detection of extinction and trajectories of decline in mammals with respect to the spread of invasive predators. January 2007 – December 2011.

Natural Heritage Trust, federal Department of Environment and Heritage, Canberra. Collating published data on threats to nationally endangered vertebrates under the EPBC Act, for the Species Profiles And Threats database. Part time, January- December 2006.

ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Botany and Zoology, Australian National University, Canberra. Testing hypotheses to explain the evolution of polyandry, using antechinuses. April 2002 to February 2006 (maternity leave December 2004 – October 2005).

Royal Society Postdoctoral fellow, Department of Zoology, University of Aberdeen. Investigating behavioural mechanisms of density-dependent immigration and implications for population dynamics in the water vole. Jan 2000 - April 2001 (maternity leave April 2001 – April 2002).

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Queensland. Ecological correlates of marsupial life histories, behaviour and social organisation. 1999 - 2000.

PhD. The Department of Zoology and Entomology, University of Queensland, supervised by Professor Craig Moritz and Dr Anne Goldizen: Behavioural ecology and demography of the bridled nailtail wallaby, Onychogalea fraenata 1994 - 1998.

Research Interests

  • Mammal ecology
    Population ecology & biogeography of mammals, especially in Australia & Melanesia. Life history evolution of mammals, focussing on associations between life histories and resource abundance, climate, seasonal predictability, and sexual selection. Causes and detectability of extinction. Conservation ecology of threatened and declining marsupials, bats, tropical mammals. Behavioural ecology of mammals: sexual selection, mating systems, social organisation and maternal care strategies.

Research Impacts

Co-chair Australian Marsupial and Monotreme Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission.

VIce President of the Australian Mammal Society

Member of the ARC College of Experts

CI in the NESP Threatened Species Recovery hub,

UQ Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Science leadership group

Associate Editor of Proceedings of the Royal Society of London Series B 2015-

Associate Editor of Methods in Ecology and Evolution 2013-

Editorial board of Biological Conservation, 2011-2013

Science communication examples:

https://theconversation.com/doing-it-to-death-suicidal-sex-in-marsupial-mice-18884

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1ROzOhT-fE

www.nature.com/news/2010/100928/full/news.2010.502.html

http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/10/keep-looking-for-that-extinct.html

www.abc.net.au/science/articles/2010/09/29/3024916.htm?site=catalyst

www.abc.net.au/catalyst/stories/s1865551.htm

www.guardian.co.uk/environment/2010/sep/29/third-of-extinct-species-alive

www.newscientist.com/article/mg19225763.800-mate-like-crazy-and-let-the-sperm-fight-it-out.html

www.sciam.com/article.cfm?chanID=sa003&articleID=A498B794-E7F2-99DF-3688E70A357A09CC

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6105500.stm

www.abc.net.au/science/news/stories/s902544.htm

Commentary examples:

Fisher et al. 2013 (PNAS) reported in Science news: http://news.sciencemag.org/evolution/2013/10/scienceshot-why-some-male-marsupials-die-sex

Fisher & Blomberg. 2012 (Cons Biol) reported in Faculty of 1000 Biology: http://f1000.com/13593956

Fisher & Blomberg. 2011 (Proc Roy Soc) reported in Nature, Research highlights. Ecology: Not-so-extinct animals, 467: 637 doi: 10.1038/467637c

Fisher & Blomberg. 2011 (Proc Roy Soc) reported in Nature news: www.nature.com/news/2010/100928/full/news.2010.502.html

and Science news: http://news.sciencemag.org/sciencenow/2010/10/keep-looking-for-that-extinct.html

Johnson et al. 2007 (Proc Roy Soc) reported in Ecology / Evolution: Going to the dingoes. Editors' Choice: Highlights of the recent literature. Science 314: 1355. Number 5804, 2006.

Fisher et al. 2006 (Nature) Reviewed in Edvardsson, deCrespigny & Tregenza 2007. Promiscuous mothers have healthier young Current Biology 17: 66-67

Fisher et al. 2006 (Nature) Included in Faculty of 1000 biology http://www.f1000biology.com/article/id/1054804

Fisher & Owens 2000 (J Anim Ecol) reported in Ecology / Evolution: Kangaroo Societies. Editors' Choice: Highlights of the recent literature. Science 291: 791. Number 5505, 2001.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Sydney

Publications

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Available Projects

  • PhD project on the effects of the 2019-2020 wildfires on Brush-tailed rock wallabies (Petrogale penicillata) and spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), and effectiveness of property-scale mitigation measures. The project will include remote and rugged fieldwork in the Little Liverpool Range and Main Range region, south east Queensland, habitat modelling, field experiments, and collaborating with landholders, NGOs, and government. The student will need to be competitive for an Australian Postgraduate Award (i.e. have a BSc honours first class). We will provide a scholarship top-up. This project is funded by a Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action grant for Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience.

    The major supervisors of this project will be Assoc. Prof. Diana Fisher (The University of Queensland) and Dr. Renee Rossini (Queensland Trust for Nature)

    Skills and experience needed:

    • Experience in ecological monitoring of mammals & their habitats, preferably also plant ecology.
    • Basic skills in ArcGIS and habitat modelling, ecological statistics.
    • Communication and scientific writing skills.
    • Potential to work with non-scientists and landholders to achieve conservation goals.
    • Full driver’s license, preferably off-road experience (further 4WD training is available at UQ).

    More information:

    • Visit Queensland Trust for Nature’s website re Aroona Station here- one of the project sites.
    • Read Ipswich Regional Council’s Recovery Plan for brush-tailed rock wallabies in the region here.
    • Read about post-graduate programs at The University of Queensland and the Australian Post-graduate Award scheme here, and for First Nation’s candidates also consider the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Research Scholarship scheme here. Graduate School scholarships are now open here

    To apply please contact Diana Fisher by March 17th2021. Please include a statement addressing skills and experience in your email, and attach a brief cv including academic record.

    Assoc. Prof. Diana Fisher (The University of Queensland) d.fisher@uq.edu.au

    Dr. Renee Rossini (Queensland Trust for Nature) renee@qtfn.org.au

  • Field site at UQ Hidden Vale, Lockyer valley

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Publications

Featured Publications

Book

Book Chapter

  • Fisher, D. O. (2018). Reproductive strategies. The secret lives of carnivorous marsupials. (pp. 211-212) edited by C.R. Dickman and A. Baker. Clayton, VIC Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

  • Fisher, D. O. (2016). The bridled nailtail wallaby. A fragile balance: the extraordinary story of Australian marsupials. (pp. 21-22) edited by Dickman, C. R.. Sydney, NSW Australia: Australian Geographic.

  • Paplinska, J. Z., Bencini, R., Fisher, D. O., Newell, G., Goldizen, A. W., Hazlitt, S. L., Sigg, D. P., Finlayson, G., Munn, A., Chambers, B., Mayberry, C. and Taggart, D. A. (2010). Sperm competition in the Macropodoidea: a review of evidence. Macropods: The biology of kangaroos, wallabies and rat-kangaroos. (pp. 65-76) edited by Graeme Coulson and Mark Eldridge. Collingwood, Vic., Australia: CSIRO Publishing.

Journal Article

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Master Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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Completed Supervision

Possible Research Projects

Note for students: The possible research projects listed on this page may not be comprehensive or up to date. Always feel free to contact the staff for more information, and also with your own research ideas.

  • PhD project on the effects of the 2019-2020 wildfires on Brush-tailed rock wallabies (Petrogale penicillata) and spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus maculatus), and effectiveness of property-scale mitigation measures. The project will include remote and rugged fieldwork in the Little Liverpool Range and Main Range region, south east Queensland, habitat modelling, field experiments, and collaborating with landholders, NGOs, and government. The student will need to be competitive for an Australian Postgraduate Award (i.e. have a BSc honours first class). We will provide a scholarship top-up. This project is funded by a Queensland Government Community Sustainability Action grant for Threatened Species Recovery and Resilience.

    The major supervisors of this project will be Assoc. Prof. Diana Fisher (The University of Queensland) and Dr. Renee Rossini (Queensland Trust for Nature)

    Skills and experience needed:

    • Experience in ecological monitoring of mammals & their habitats, preferably also plant ecology.
    • Basic skills in ArcGIS and habitat modelling, ecological statistics.
    • Communication and scientific writing skills.
    • Potential to work with non-scientists and landholders to achieve conservation goals.
    • Full driver’s license, preferably off-road experience (further 4WD training is available at UQ).

    More information:

    • Visit Queensland Trust for Nature’s website re Aroona Station here- one of the project sites.
    • Read Ipswich Regional Council’s Recovery Plan for brush-tailed rock wallabies in the region here.
    • Read about post-graduate programs at The University of Queensland and the Australian Post-graduate Award scheme here, and for First Nation’s candidates also consider the Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander Research Scholarship scheme here. Graduate School scholarships are now open here

    To apply please contact Diana Fisher by March 17th2021. Please include a statement addressing skills and experience in your email, and attach a brief cv including academic record.

    Assoc. Prof. Diana Fisher (The University of Queensland) d.fisher@uq.edu.au

    Dr. Renee Rossini (Queensland Trust for Nature) renee@qtfn.org.au

  • Field site at UQ Hidden Vale, Lockyer valley