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Ryan Fisher

Landscape Conservation Specialist
Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment

Phone: 306-787-5194

Research interests
Conservation Biology, Wildlife Management

Much of my previous research has focused on using well-designed field studies on birds to answer applied questions related to wildlife management in the prairie provinces. While applied wildlife research is important, I'm also interested in making strong scientific contributions in the field of animal ecology. My current position with Saskatchewan Ministry of the Environment is focused on providing scientifically-sound information to decision makers regarding biodiversity in the province. As such, I'm interested in research related to species-habitat modelling and landscape-scale biodiversity planning.


Nixon, A.E., R.J. Fisher, D. Stralberg, E. Bayne, and D. Farr. 2016. Projected responses of North American grassland songbirds to climate change and habitat availability at their northern range limits in Alberta, Canada. Avian Conservation and Ecology 11(2):2 [online] URL: httpt://

Laux, C.M. C.J. Nordell, R.J. Fisher, J.W. Ng, T.I. Wellicome, & E.M. Bayne. 2015. Ferruginous Hawks alter parental behaviours in response to approaching storms. Journal of Ornithology 157:355-362.

Fisher, R.J. T.I. Wellicome, E.M. Bayne, R.G. Poulin, L.D. Todd, & A.T. Ford. 2015. Extreme precipitation reduces reproductive output of an endangered raptor. Journal of Applied Ecology 52:1500-1508.

T.I. Wellicome, R.J. Fisher, R.G. Poulin, L.D. Todd, E.M. Bayne, and D.T.T. Flockhart. 2014. Apparent survival of adult Burrowing Owls that breed in Canada is influenced by weather during migration and on their wintering grounds. Condor: Ornithological Applications 116:446-458.

T.I. Wellicome, L. D. Todd, R.G. Poulin, G.L. Holroyd, & R.J. Fisher. 2013. Comparing food limitation among three stages of nesting: supplementation experiments with the burrowing owl. Ecology and Evolution 3:2684-2695.

S.K. Davis, R.J. Fisher, S.L. Skinner, T.L. Shaffer, & R.M. Brigham. 2013. Songbird abundance in native and planted grassland varies with type and amount of grassland in the surrounding landscape. Journal of Wildlife Management 77:908-919.

R.J. Fisher & S.K. Davis. 2011. Habitat use by Sprague’s pipits in native pastures and planted, non-native hay fields. Auk 128:273-282.

R.J. Fisher & S.K. Davis. 2011. Post-fledging dispersal, habitat use, and survival of Sprague’s pipits: are planted grasslands a good substitute for native? Biological Conservation 144:263-271.

K. Martin, S.K. Davis, R.J. Fisher, & R.M. Brigham. 2010. Song rate variation in Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii). Northwestern Naturalist 91:329-330.

R.J. Fisher, K.M. Dohms, & S.K. Davis. 2010. Removal of nestling radio-transmitters by adult Sprague's Pipit (Anthus spragueii). Journal of Ornithology 151: 749-753.

R.J. Fisher & S.K. Davis. 2010. From Wiens to Robel: A review of grassland bird habitat selection. Journal of Wildlife Management 74:265-273.

Davis, S.K. & R.J. Fisher. 2009. Post-fledging movements of Sprague's Pipits. Wilson Journal of Ornithology 121:198-202.

Boyles, J.G., D.P. Aubrey, B.S. Cooper, J.G. Cox, D.R. Coyles, R.J. Fisher, J.D. Hoffman, J.J. Storm. 2008. Statistical confusion among graduate students: sickness or symptom? Journal of Wildlife Management 72:1869-1871.

Fisher, R.J., & K.L. Wiebe. 2006. Investment in nest defense by Northern Flickers: effects of age and sex. The Wilson Journal of Ornithology 118:452-460.

Fisher, R.J., & K.L. Wiebe. 2006. Breeding dispersal of Northern flickers in relation to natural nest predation and experimentally increased perception of predation risk. Ibis 148:772-781.

Fisher, R.J., & K.L. Wiebe. 2006. Effects of age and sex on survival of Northern Flickers: a six year field study. Condor 108:193-200.

Fisher, R.J., & K.L. Wiebe. 2006. Nest site attributes and temporal patterns of Northern Flicker nest loss: effects of predation and competition. Oecologia 147:744-753.

Fisher, R.J., R.G. Poulin, L.D. Todd, & R.M. Brigham. 2004. Nest stage, wind speed and air temperature affect the nest defence behaviour of burrowing owls. Canadian Journal of Zoology 82:724-730.

Fletcher, Q.E., R.J. Fisher, C.K.R. Willis, & R.M. Brigham. 2004. Free-ranging Common Nighthawks use torpor. Journal of Thermal Biology 29: 9-14.

Fisher, R.J., Q.E. Fletcher, C.K.R. Willis, & R.M. Brigham. 2004. Roost selection and roosting behavior of male Common Nighthawks. American Midland Naturalist 151: 79-87.