Jason T. Fisher

Dr. Jason T. Fisher


Jason T Fisher is Senior Research Scientist (Wildlife Ecology) with InnoTech Alberta, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria’s School of Environmental Studies. Jason researches the effects of landscape and climate change on biodiversity on mountain environments, with a special focus on mammals including grizzly bears, wolverines, and ungulates. He has pioneered new camera-trapping research methods to understand how species respond to change in diverse, complex mountain landscapes, and beyond; he is working to establish a Canadian camera-trap research network. He has authored multiple papers on mammalian communities and species at risk in changing mountain landscapes, most recently in Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, Conservation Biology, and Ecology & Evolution.


Jason T Fisher est chercheur scientifique principal (écologie de la faune) chez InnoTech Alberta et professeur auxiliaire à la School of Environmental Studies de l’Université de Victoria. Jason étudie les effets du paysage et des changements climatiques sur la biodiversité dans les environnements de montagne, en mettant l’accent sur les mammifères, notamment le grizzli, le carcajou et les ongulés. Il a été le pionnier de nouvelles méthodes de recherche sur le piégeage d’appareils photo afin de comprendre comment les espèces réagissent aux changements dans des paysages montagneux divers et complexes et au-delà. Il travaille à la création d’un réseau canadien de recherche sur les pièges photographiques. Il est l’auteur de plusieurs articles sur les communautés de mammifères et les espèces en péril dans les paysages de montagne en mutation, plus récemment dans Frontiers in Ecology and Environment, Conservation Biology et Ecology & Evolution.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Wildlife winners and losers in an oil sands landscape
Fisher JT & AC Burton
Frontiers in Ecology and Environment (2018)

Species occurrence data reflect the magnitude of animal movements better than the proximity of animal space use
Stewart FEC, JT Fisher, AC Burton, & JP Volpe
Ecosphere 9(2): e02112 (Feb 2018)

Cumulative effects of climate and landscape change drive spatial distribution of Rocky Mountain wolverines
Heim NA, AP Clevenger, J Paczkowski, JP Volpe, & JT Fisher
Ecology and Evolution 7(21): 8903-8914 (2017)

Distinguishing reintroduction from recolonization with genetic testing
Stewart F, JP Volpe, JS Taylor, J Bowman, P Thomas, M Pybus, & JT Fisher
Biological Conservation 214: 242-249 (Oct 2017)

Investigating animal activity patterns and temporal niche partitioning using camera trap data: Challenges and Opportunities
Frey S, JT Fisher, & AC Burton
Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, August 2017: 1-10 (2017)

The relationship between mammal faunas and climatic instability since the Last Glacial Maximum: a Nearctic vs. Western Palearctic comparison
Torres-Romero EJ, S Varela, JT Fisher, & M Olalla-Tárraga
Acta Oecologica 82: 10-15 (2017)

Grizzly bear noninvasive genetic tagging surveys: Estimating the magnitude of missed detections
Fisher JT, N Heim, S Code, & J Paczkowski
PloS one 11.9 (2016): e0161055 (Sept 2016)

Scaling up camera traps: monitoring the planet’s biodiversity with networks of remote sensors
Steenweg R, M Hebblewhite, R Kays, J Ahumada, JT Fisher, C Burton, SE Townsend, C Carbone, JM Rowcliffe, J Whittington, J Brodie, JA Royle, A Switalski, AP Clevenger, N Heim, & LN Rich
Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 15(1): 26-34 (Dec 2016)

Wolverine behaviour varies spatially with anthropogenic footprint: implications for conservation and inferences about declines
Stewart FEC, NA Heim, AP Clevenger, J Paczkowski, JP Volpe, & JT Fisher
Ecology & Evolution 6(5):1493–1503 (Feb 2016)

Wildlife camera trapping: a review and recommendations for linking surveys to ecological processes
Burton AC, E Neilson, D Moreira, A Ladle, R Steenweg, JT Fisher, E Bayne, & S Boutin
Journal of Applied Ecology 52(3): 675-685 (2015)

Visualizing category-specific changes in oblique photographs of mountain landscapes
Jean F, A Branzan Albu, D Capson, E Higgs, JT Fisher, & BM Starzomski
Workshop on Visualization in Environmental Sciences (EnvirVis) (May 2015)

The mountain habitats segmentation and change detection dataset
F. Jean, A. Branzan-Albu, D. Capson, E. Higgs, J.T. Fisher, and B.M. Starzomski
IEEE Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV) (Feb 2015)

A multi‐method hierarchical modeling approach to quantifying bias in occupancy from noninvasive genetic tagging studies
Fisher JT & S Bradbury
Journal of Wildlife Management 78(6): 1087-1095 (July 2014)

Spatial patterns of breeding success of grizzly bears derived from hierarchical multistate models
Fisher JT, M Wheatley, & D MacKenzie
Conservation Biology 28(5): 1249-1259 (April 2014)

Wolverines (Gulo gulo luscus) on the Rocky Mountain slopes: natural heterogeneity and landscape alteration as predictors of distribution
Fisher JT, S Bradbury, B Anholt, L Nolan, L Roy, JP Volpe, & M Wheatley
Canadian Journal of Zoology 91: 706-716 (Aug 2013)

Spatial segregation of sympatric marten and fishers: the influence of landscapes and species-scapes
Fisher JT, B Anholt, S Bradbury, M Wheatley, & JP Volpe
Ecography 36(2): 240-248 (May 2012)

Body mass explains characteristic scales of habitat selection in terrestrial mammals
Fisher JT, B Anholt, & JP Volpe
Ecology and Evolution 1(4): 517-528 (Nov 2011)