Brian Fisher

  • Curator
  • Entomology
  • PhD

My research objectives:

1. Explore mechanisms driving the accumulation of restricted-range species at regional and local levels in the southwest Indian Ocean. 

2. Apply knowledge on the origin and radiation of arthropods across the southwest Indian Ocean to inform and aid conservation planning for the region; specifically examine the evolution of ants in the context of a changing climate and relate results from historical climate driven shifts in diversity and distributions in the region to the projected changes in climate over the next century.

3. Build an online infrastructure for ant knowledge:  AntWeb

 

Current Research questions:

1. What role has isolation, geographic placement, geological history, and environmental heterogeneity played in structuring patters of endemic species in the southwest Indian Ocean.

2. What is the origin of the ant fauna of Madagascar?  Did the major lineages disperse from Africa or Asia? How many colonization events occurred from Africa to the SWIO islands for each genus? Did the Comoros Islands serve as stepping stones in this dispersal? Was there any backward movement from Madagascar to the African mainland or to other SWIO islands? What was the timeframe for these dispersal events?

3. Does a phylogenetic analysis of ant diversity patterns in Madagascar identify the same conservation priority areas as an analysis based on taxonomic (species) diversity?

 

Ph.D., Entomology, University of California, Davis (1997)
M.S., Biology, University of Utah (1992)
B.A., Biology (Honors), University of Iowa (1988)

 

Current  adjunct appointments

University of California, Berkeley, Adjunct Faculty, 2004 to present

San Francisco State University, Department of Biology, Research Faculty 2000 to present

See profiles:

http://www.mendeley.com/profiles/brian-fisher2/

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Brian_Fisher7?ev=hdr_xprf

http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=7T0wn5AAAAAJ


 

001      Sharaf, M. R., Fisher, B.L. & Aldawood A. S. (2014). Notes on Ants of the genus Strumigenys F. Smith, 1860 (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Arabian Peninsula, with a key to species. Sociobiology (in press)
002      Azorsa, F., Fischer, G., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). The ant genus Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): synonymisation of Pheidologeton Mayr under Carebara, establishment and revision of the C. polita species group. Zookeys (in press)
003      Helms, J. A. IV, Peeters, C., Fisher, B. L. (2014). Funnels, gas exchange and cliff jumping: natural history of the cliff dwelling ant Malagidris sofina. Insectes Sociaux (submitted)
004      Azorsa, F., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). The ant genus Carebara Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy Region. Zootaxa (in press)
005      Polla, J. S., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). Then There Were Five: A Reexamination of the Ant Genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zookeys (in press)
006      Hölldobler, B., Obermayer M., Plowes, N. J. R., Fisher, B. L. (2014). New exocrine glands in ants: the hypostomal gland and basitarsal gland in the genus Melissotarsus (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Naturwissenschaften (in press)
007      Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. (2014) The evolution of myrmicine ants: phylogeny and biogeography of a hyperdiverse ant clade (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Systematic Entomology (in press)
008      Rakotonirina, J. C., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). Revision of the Malagasy ponerine ants of the genus Leptogenys Roger (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa (in press)
009      LaPolla, J. S., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). Two new Paraparatrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) species from the Seychelles, with notes on the hypogaeic weissi species-group. Zookeys 414: 139-155. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.414.7542 Published 6 June 2014
010      Hita Garcia, F., & Fisher, B. L. (2014).The hyper-diverse ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy region - taxonomic revision of the T. naganum, T. plesiarum, T. schaufussii, and T. severini species groups. ZooKeys 413: 1-170. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.413.7172 Published 4 June 2014
011      Hita Garcia, F., & Fisher, B. L. (2014) Taxonomic revision of the cryptic ant genus Probolomyrmex Mayr (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Proceratiinae) in Madagascar. Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift 61(1): 65-76. doi: 10.3897/dez.61.7634 Published 30 May 2014
012      Hita Garcia, F., & Fisher, B. L. (2014). The ant genus Tetramorium Mayr in the Afrotropical region (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae): synonymisation of Decamorium Forel under Tetramorium, and taxonomic revision of the T. decem species group. ZooKeys 411:67–103. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.411.7260. Published 28 May 2014.
013      Rocha, L.A., Aleixo, A., Allen, G., Almeda, F., Baldwin, C.C., Barclay, M.V.L., Bates, J.M., Bauer, A.M., Benzoni, F., Berns, C.M., Berumen, M.L., Blackburn, D.C., Blum, S., Bolaños, F., Bowie, R.C.K., Britz, R., Brown, R.M., Cadena, C.D., Carpenter, K., Ceríaco, L.M., Chakrabarty, P., Chaves, G., Choat, J.H., Clements, K.D., Collette, B.B., Collins, A., Coyne, J., Cracraft, J., Daniel, T., de Carvalho, M.R., de Queiroz, K., Di Dario, F., Drewes, R., Dumbacher, J.P., Engilis, A., Erdmann, M. V, Eschmeyer, W., Feldman, C.R., Fisher, B.L., et. al.  (2014) Specimen collection: An essential tool. Science 344, 814–815. Published 23 May 2014
014      Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L., Schultz, T.R. & Ward, P.S. (2014) The rise of army ants and their relatives: diversification of specialized predatory doryline ants. BMC Evolutionary Biology 14: 93. Published: 1 May 2014
015      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2014). The Madagascan endemic myrmicine ants related to Eutetramorium (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): taxonomy of the genera Eutetramorium Emery, Malagidris nom. n., Myrmisaraka gen. n., Royidris gen. n., and Vitsika gen. n. Zootaxa 3791: 1–99. Published 24 Apr. 2014
016      Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. (2014). A revision of the ant genus Mystrium in the Malagasy region with description of six new species and remarks on Amblyopone and Stigmatomma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Zookeys 394: 1–99. Published 31 March 2014
017      Ravelomanana, A., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). Diversity of Ants in Burned and Unburned Grassland, and Dry Deciduous Forest in the Beanka Reserve, Melaky Region, Western Madagascar. Malagasy Nature 7: 171–183. Published 29 Dec 2013
018      Blaimer, B. B., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). Taxonomy of the Crematogaster degeeri-species-assemblage in the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). European Journal of Taxonomy, 51: 1-64 http://dx.doi.org/10.5852/ejt.2013.51 Published: August 2, 2013
019      Blaimer, B. B., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). How much variation can one ant species hold? Species delimitation in the Crematogaster kelleri-group in Madagascar. PLoS ONE, 8(7), e68082. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0068082  Published: July 9, 2013
020      Rakotonirina, J. C., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). Revision of the Pachycondyla sikorae species-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in Madagascar. Zootaxa, 3683(4), 447–485. Published: 5 Jul. 2013
021      Fischer, G., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). A revision of Pheidole Westwood (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the islands Pheidole megacephala. Zootaxa, 3683(4), 301–356. Published: 5 Jul. 2013
022      Bouchet, D. C., Peeters, C., Fisher, B. L., & Molet, M. (2013). Both female castes contribute to colony emigration in the polygynous ant Mystrium oberthueri. Ecological Entomology, 38, 408–417 doi:10.1111/een.12033. Published online: 21 May 2013
023      Hita Garcia F, Fisher B (2013) The Tetramorium tortuosum species group (Hymenoptera, Formicidae, Myrmicinae) revisited - taxonomic revision of the Afrotropical T. capillosum species complex. ZooKeys 299: 77-99. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.299.5063 Published 14 May 2013
024      Boudinot, B. E., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). A taxonomic revision of the Meranoplus F. Smith of Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae) with keys to species and diagnosis of the males. Zootaxa, 3635(4), 301–339. published: 28 Mar. 2013
025      Rakotonirina, J. C., & Fisher, B. L. (2013). Revision of the Pachycondyla wasmannii-group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from the Malagasy region. Zootaxa, 3609(2), 101–141. published: 29 Jan. 2013
026      Hita Garcia, F., & Fisher, B. L. (2012). The ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy region—taxonomic revision of the T. kelleri and T. tortuosum species groups. Zootaxa, 3592, 1–85. Published: 19 Dec. 2012
027      Hita Garcia, F. & Fisher, B.L. (2012) The ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy region – taxonomy of the T. bessonii, T. bonibony, T. dysalum, T. marginatum, T. tsingy, and T. weitzeckeri species groups Zootaxa  3365: 1–123. Published: 4 Jul. 2012
028      Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. (2012). A revision of the Malagasy endemic genus Adetomyrma (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Zootaxa 3341: 1–31. published: 11 Jun. 2012
029      Smith, M. A., Bertrand, C., Crosby, K., Eveleigh, E. S., Fernandez-Triana, J., Fisher, B. L., Gibbs, J., et al. (2012). Wolbachia and DNA Barcoding Insects: Patterns, Potential, and Problems. PLoS ONE, 7(5), e36514. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0036514. Published May 2, 2012
030      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2012) Taxonomy of the cerapachyine ant genera Simopone Forel, Vicinopone gen. n. and Tanipone gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 3283: 1–101. published: 30 Apr. 2012
031      Yoshimura, M., & Fisher, B. L. (2012). A Revision of Male Ants of the Malagasy Amblyoponinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) with Resurrections of the Genera Stigmatomma and Xymmer. PLoS ONE, 7(3), e33325. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0033325 Published March 29, 2012
032      Mindell DP, Fisher BL, Roopnarine P, Eisen JA, Mace GM, Page RDM, Pyle RL. (2011). Aggregating, tagging and integrating biodiversity research. PLoS ONE 6(8):e19491. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019491. Published: August 1, 2011
033      Lapolla, J. S., Hawkes, P. G., & Fisher, B. L. (2011). Monograph of Nylanderia (Hymenoptera : Formicidae ) of the World , Part I : Nylanderia in the Afrotropics. Zootaxa, 3110: 10–36. published: 25 Nov. 2011
034      Hita Garcia, F. & Fisher, B.L. (2011) The ant genus Tetramorium Mayr (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in the Malagasy region – introduction, definition of species groups, and revision of the T. bicarinatum, T. obesum, T. sericeiventre and T. tosii species groups. Zootaxa 3039: 1–72. Published 22 Sep. 2011
035      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2011) Taxonomy of Afrotropical and West Palaearctic ants of the ponerine genus Hypoponera Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) Zootaxa 2843: 1–118 published: 29 Apr. 2011
036      Jenkins, C. N., Sanders, N.J, Andersen A.N., Arnan X., Brühl C.A, Cerda X., Ellison A. M.,  Fisher, B.L., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Gotelli, N.J., Gove, A.D, Guénard, B., Lattke J.E, Lessard J.P, McGlynn T.P, Menke, S. B., Parr, C.L., Philpott, S.M., Vasconcelos H.L., Weiser M.D., & Dunn R.R. (2011) Global diversity in light of climate change: the case of ants. Diversity and Distributions 1–11 published online: 16 May 2011 DOI: 10.1111/j.1472-4642.2011.00770.x
037      Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. (2011). A revision of male ants of the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae):  Key to genera of the subfamily Dolichoderinae. Zootaxa 2794: 1–34 published: 18 Mar. 2011
038      Weiser, M. D., Sanders, N. J., Agosti, D., Andersen, A. N., Ellison, A. M., Fisher, B. L., Gibb, H., Gotelli, N. J., Gove, A. D., Gross, K., Guenard, B., Janda, M., Kaspari, M., Lessard, J. P., Longino, J. T., Majer, J. D., & Menke, S. B. (2010). Canopy and litter ant assemblages share similar climate-species density relationships. Biology Letters 2010 6, 769-772 doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2010.0151 published online 12 May 2010
039      Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. (2010). Phylogeny and Biogeography of Dolichoderine Ants: Effects of Data Partitioning and Relict Taxa on Historical Inference. Systematic Biology 59: 342–62 DOI:10.1093/sysbio/syq012 published 31 March 2010
040      Lapolla, J.S., Cheng, C.H. & Fisher, B.L. (2010) Taxonomic Revision of the Ant Genus Paraparatrechina in the Afrotropical and Malagasy Regions. Zootaxa, 2387:1-27. published 3 Mar. 2010
041      Irwin, M.T., Wright, P.C, Birkinshaw, C., Fisher, B. L., Gardner, C. J., Glos, J., Goodman, S.M., Loiselle, P., Rabeson, P., Raharison, J., Raherilalao, M.J., Rakotondravony, D., Raselimanana, A., Ratsimbazafy, J., Sparks., J., Wilmé, L., &., Ganzhorn, J.U. (2010) Patterns of Species Change in Anthropogenically Disturbed Forests of Madagascar. Biological Conservation. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2010.01.023 published Feb. 2010 143, 2351–2362
042      Dejean A, Fisher BL, Corbara B, Rarevohitra R, Randrianaivo R, et al. 2010 Spatial Distribution of Dominant Arboreal Ants in a Malagasy Coastal Rainforest: Gaps and Presence of an Invasive Species. PLoS ONE 5(2): e9319. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0009319. Published: February 19, 2010
043      Fisher, B. L. (2010) Biogeography. In Ant Ecology (eds L. Lach C. Parr & K. Abbot), pp 18 - 37. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press. published Jan. 2010.
044      Smith, M.A., Fisher, B.L. (2009). Invasions, DNA barcodes, and rapid biodiversity assessment using ants of Mauritius. Frontiers in Zoology 6, 31. doi:10.1186/1742-9994-6-31 published 10 Dec 2009
045      Molet, M., Fisher, B.L., Ito, F. & Peeters, C. (2009). Shift from independent to dependent colony foundation and evolution of ‘multi-purpose’ ergatoid queens in Mystrium ants (subfamily Amblyoponinae). Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 98, 198-207. published 2 Sept 2009
046      Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. (2009). A revision of male ants of the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Key to genera of the subfamily Proceratiinae. Zootaxa 2216, 1–21. published 31 Aug 2009
047      Fisher, B.L. (2009). Ants. In The Encyclopedia of Islands (eds R. Gillespie and D. Clague) pp 35-41. University of California Press, Berkeley.. published August 2009
048      Fisher, B. L. (2009). Two new dolichoderine ant genera from Madagascar: Aptinoma gen. n. and Ravavy gen. n. (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa 2118, 37-52. published 27 May 2009
049      Dunn, R.R., N.J. Sanders, S.B. Menke, M.D. Weiser, M.C. Fitzpatrick, E. Laurent, J.-P. Lessard, D. Agosti, A. Andersen, C. Bruhl, X. Cerda, A. Ellison, B. L. Fisher, H. Gibb, N. Gotelli, A. Gove, B. Guénard, M. Janda, M. Kaspari, J.T. Longino, J. Majer, T.P. McGlynn, S.B. Menke, C. Parr, S. Philpott, M. Pfeiffer, J. Retana, A. Suarez, H. Vasconcelos. (2009). Climatic Drivers of Hemispheric Asymmetry in Global Patterns of Ant Species Richness. Ecology Letters, 12, 324–333. published 10 Mar 2009
050      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2008) Afrotropical ants of the ponerine genera Centromyrmex Mayr, Promyopias Santschi gen. rev. and Feroponera gen. n., with a revised key to genera of African Ponerinae (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 1929, 1–37. published 10 Nov. 2008
051      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2008) The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Phrynoponera Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 1892, 35–52. published 6 Oct. 2008
052      Allnutt, T.F, Ferrier, S., Manion, G., Powell, G.V.N.,. Ricketts, T.H., Fisher, B.L., Harper  G.J., Irwin, M.E., Kremen, C., Labat, J-N., Lees, D.C., Pearce, T.A., & Rakotondrainibe, F. (2008) A method for quantifying biodiversity loss and its application to a 50-year record of deforestation across Madagascar. Conservation Letters, 1, 173-181.  published 22 Aug 2008
053      Clark, K., Fisher, B.L. & LeBuhn, G. (2008) The influence of urban park characteristics on ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) communities. Urban Ecosystems, 11, 317-334. published 29 July 2008
054      Bolton, B. & Fisher, B.L. (2008) The Afrotropical ponerine ant genus Asphinctopone Santschi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Zootaxa, 1827, 53-61. published 23 Jul. 2008
055      Fisher, B.L & Penny, N. (2008) Les arthropodes. In Histoire Naturelle de Madagascar (ed. S.M. Goodman), pp. 183-212. Paris: Museum National de Histoire Naturelle. published 1 May 2008
056      Fisher, B.L. (2008) Les fourmis. In Paysages naturels et biodiversité de Madagascar (ed. S.M. Goodman), pp. 249-271. Paris: Museum National de Histoire Naturelle. published 1 May 2008
057      Fisher, B.L. & Smith, M.A. (2008) A Revision of Malagasy Species of Anochetus Mayr and Odontomachus Latreille (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). PLoS ONE, 3(5), e1787. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0001787. Published 28 May 2008
058      Kremen, C., A. Cameron, A. Razafimpahanana, A. Moilanen, C. D. Thomas, H. Beentje, J. Dransfield, B. L. Fisher, F. Glaw, T. C. Good, G. J. Harper, R. J. Hijmans, D. C. Lees, E. Louis, R. A. Nussbaum, S. J. Phillips, C. J. Raxworthy, G. E. Schatz, M. Vences, D. R. Vieites, P. C. Wright, and M. L. Zjhra. 2008. Conservation with caveats - Response. Science 321:341–342. Published July 18 2008
059      Kremen, C., Cameron, A., Moilanen, A., Phillips, S.J., Thomas, C.D., Beentje, H., Dransfield, J., Fisher, B.L., Glaw, F., Good, T.C., Harper, G.J., Hijmans, R.J., Lees, D.C., Louis, Jr., E., Nussbaum, R.A., Raxworthy, C.J., Razafimpahanana, A., Schatz, G.E., Vences, M., Vieites, D.R., Wright, P.C. & Zjhra, M.L. (2008) Aligning Conservation Priorities Across Taxa in Madagascar with High-Resolution Planning Tools. Science, 320, 222-226. published 11 April 2008
060      Yanoviak, S.P., Fisher, B.L. & Alonso, A. (2008) Directed Aerial Descent Behavior in African Canopy Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Insect Behavior, 21, 164-171. doi 10.1007/s10905-008-9116-5. Published 20 March 2008
061      Yanoviak, S.P., Fisher, B.L. & Alonso, A. (2007) Arboreal ant diversity (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in a central African forest. African Journal of Ecology, 46, 60-66. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2007.00810.x. published March 2008
062      Yoshimura, M. & Fisher, B.L. (2007) A revision of male ants of the Malagasy region (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Key to subfamilies and treatment of the genera of Ponerinae. Zootaxa, 1654, 21-40. published 5 Dec. 2007
063      Mony, R., Fisher, B.L., Kenne, M., Tindo, M. & Dejean, A. (2007) Behavioural Ecology of Bark-digging Ants of the Genus Melissotarsus. Functional Ecosystems and Communities, 2, 121-128. published  Dec 2007
064      Fisher, B.L. & Cover, S.P. (2007) Ants of North America: A guide to the Genera, pp 308. Berkeley: University of California Press. Published Nov 2007
065      Woodhead, C., Vences, M., Vieites, D., Gamboni, I., Fisher, B.L. & Griffiths, R.A. (2007) Specialist or generalist? Feeding ecology of the Malagasy poison frog Mantella aurantiaca. Herpetological Journal, 17, 225-236. published Oct 2007
066      Dunn, R.R., Sanders, N.J., Fitzpatrick, M.C., Laurent, E., Lessard, J.P., Agosti, D., Andersen, A.N., Bruhl, C., Cerda, X., Ellison, A.M., Fisher, B.L., Gibb, H., Gotelli, N.J., Gove, A., Guenard, B., Janda, M., Kaspari, M., Longino, J.T., Majer, J., Mcglynn, T.P., Menke, S.B., Parr, C.L., Philpott, S.M., Pfeiffer, M., Retana, J., Suarez, A.V. & Vasconcelos, H.L. (2007) Global ant (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) biodiversity and biogeography – a new database and its possibilities. Myrmecological News, 10, 77-83. published Sept 2007
067      Molet, M., Peeters, C., Follin, I. & Fisher, B.L. (2007) Reproductive Caste Performs Intranidal Tasks Instead of Workers in the Ant Mystrium oberthueri. Ethology, 113, 721-729. published July 2007
068      Snelling, R.R., Fisher, B.L. & Ward, P.S. (eds.) (2007) Advances In Ant Systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage To E. O. Wilson – 50 Years Of Contributions. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 80, 1-670. published July 2007
069      Fisher, B.L. (2007) A new species of Probolomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Madagascar. In Advances In Ant Systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae): Homage To E. O. Wilson – 50 Years Of Contributions. (eds. R.R. Snelling, B.L. Fisher & P.S. Ward), Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 80, 146-152. published July 2007
070      Molet, M., Peeters, C. & Fisher, B.L. (2007) Permanent loss of wings in queens of the ant Odontomachus coquereli from Madagascar. Insectes Sociaux, 54, 183-188. doi 10.1007/s00040-007-0930-0. published May 2007
071      Molet, M., Peeters, C. & Fisher, B.L. (2007) Winged queens replaced by reproductives smaller than workers in Mystrium ants. Naturwissenschaften, 94, 280-287. doi 10.1007/s00114-006-0190-2. published April 2007
072      Fisher, B.L. & Bolton, B. (2007) The ant genus Pseudaphomomyrmex Wheeler, 1920 a junior synonym of Tapinoma Foerster, 1850. Zootaxa, 1427, 65-68.  published 19 Mar 2007
073      Lourenço, W.R., Goodman, S.M. & Fisher, B.L. (2006) A reappraisal of the geographical distribution of the endemic family Microcharmidae Lourenço (Scorpiones) in Madagascar and description of eight new species and subspecies. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 57, 751-783. published 28 December 2006
074      Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L., Schultz, T.R. & Ward, P.S. (2006) Evaluating alternative hypotheses for the early evolution and diversification of ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103, 18172-18177. 10.1073/pnas.0605858103. published 28 November 2006
075      Underwood, E.C. & Fisher, B.L. (2006) The role of ants in conservation monitoring: If, when, and how. Biological Conservation, 132, 166-182. published October 2006
076      Fisher, B.L. (2006) Boloponera vicans gen.n. and sp.n. and two new species of the Plectroctena genus group (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecologische Nachrichten, 8, 111-118. published Sept 2006
077      Clark, V.C., Rakotomalala, V., Ramilijaona, O., Abrell, L. & Fisher, B.L. (2006) Individual variation in alkaloid content of poison frogs of Madagascar (Mantella; Mantellidae). Journal of Chemical Ecology, 32, 2219-2233. doi 10.1007/s10886-006-9144-6.  published 30 September 2006
078      Patek, S.N., Baio, J.E., Fisher, B.L. & Suarez, A.V. (2006) Multifunctionality and mechanical origins: Ballistic jaw propulsion in trap-jaw ants. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 103, 12787-12792. 10.1073/pnas.0604290103. published 22 August 2006
079      Ouellette, G.D., Fisher, B.L. & Girman, D. (2006) Molecular systematics of basal subfamilies of ants using 28S rDNA (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 40, 359-369. published 21 April 2006
080      Fisher, B.L. (2005) A new species of Discothyrea Roger from Mauritius and a new species of Proceratium from Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 56, 657-667. published 30 December 2005
081      Lapolla, J.S. & Fisher, B.L. (2005) A Remarkable New Species of Acropyga (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) from Gabon, with a Key to the Afrotropical Species. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 56(30), 601-605. published 30 December 2005
082      Ward, P.S., Brady, S.G., Fisher, B.L. & Schultz, T.R. (2005) Assembling the ant “Tree of Life” (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Myrmecologische Nachrichten, 7, 87-90. Published September 2005
083      Smith, M.A., Fisher, B.L. & Hebert, P.D.N. (2005) DNA Barcoding for effective biodiversity assessment of a hyperdiverse arthropod group: the ants of Madagascar. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London B Biological Sciences, 360(1462), 1825-1834. doi: 10.1098/rstb.2005.1714. published online 8 September 2005.
084      Clark, V.C., Raxworthy, C. J., Rakotomalala, V., Sierwald, P. & Fisher, B.L. (2005) Convergent evolution of chemical defense in poison frogs and arthropod prey between Madagascar and the Neotropics. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 102, 11617-11622. www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.0503502102 published 8 August 2005
085      Fisher, B.L. (2005) A Model for a Global Inventory of Ants: A Case Study in Madagascar. In Biodiversity: A Symposium Held on the Occasion of the 150th Anniversary of the California Academy of Sciences June 17-18, 2003 (ed. N.G. Jablonski), Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences, 56, 78-89.  published 3 June 2005
086      Ferrier, S., G. V. N. Powell, K. S. Richardson, G. Manion, J. M. Overton, T. F. Allnutt, S. E. Cameron, K. Mantle, N. D. Burgess, D. P. Faith, J. F. Lamoreux, G. Kier, R. J. Hijmans, V. A. Funk, G. A. Cassis, B. L. Fisher, P. Flemons, D. Lees, J. C. Lovett, and R. S. A. R. Van Rompaey (2004) Mapping More of Terrestrial Biodiversity for Global Conservation Assessment. BioScience, 54, 1101-1109.
087      Saux, C., Fisher, B. & Spicer, G.S. (2004) Dracula ant phylogeny as inferred by nuclear 28S rDNA sequences and implications for ant systematics (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Amblyoponinae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 33, 457-468.
088      Thibault, M., Fisher, B.L. & Goodman, S.M. (2004) Description of Monts Doudou, Gabon, and the 2000 biological inventory of the reserve. In Monts Doudou, Gabon: A Floral and Faunal Inventory with reference to elevational variation, pp 3-15. California Academy of Sciences, Memoirs 28. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California.
089      Fisher, B.L. (2004) Diversity patterns of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) along an elevational gradient on Monts Doudou in southwestern Gabon. In Monts Doudou, Gabon: A Floral and Faunal Inventory with reference to elevational variation, pp 269-286. California Academy of Sciences, Memoirs 28. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California.
090      Fisher, B.L. (ed.) (2004) Monts Doudou, Gabon: A Floral and Faunal Inventory with reference to elevational variation, 295 pp. California Academy of Sciences, Memoirs 28. California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, California.
091      Fisher, B.L. (2003) Ants (Formicidae: Hymenoptera). In The natural history of Madagascar. (eds. S.M. Goodman & J.P. Benstead), pp. 811-819. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
092      Fisher, B.L. (2002) Ant diversity patterns along an elevational gradient in the Réserve Spéciale de Manongarivo, Madagascar. Boissiera, 59, 311-328.
093      Vences, M., Glaw, F. & Fisher, B.L. (2002) Notes on the Distribution of Dyscophus insularis (Anura: Microhylidae). Herpetological Review, 33,18-19.
094      Fisher, B.L. & Robertson, H. (2002) Comparison and origin of forest and grassland ant assemblages in the high plateau of Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Biotropica, 34, 155-167.
095      Delabie, J.H., Fisher, B.L., Majer, J. & Wright, I.W. (2000) Sampling Effort and Choice of Methods. In Ants: Standard Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity (eds. D. Agosti, J.D. Majer, L.E. Alonso & T.R. Schultz), pp. 145-154. Washington D.C. and London: Smithsonian Institution Press.
096      Fisher, B.L., Malsch, A.K.F., Gadagkar, R., Delabie, J.H.C., Vasconcelos, H.L. & Majer, J.D. (2000) Applying the ALL Protocol: Selected Case Studies. In Ants: Standard Methods for Measuring and Monitoring Biodiversity (eds. D. Agosti, J.D. Majer, L. Alonso & T. Schultz), pp. 207-214. Washington D.C.: Smithsonian Institution Press.
097      Fisher, B.L. & Girman, D.J. (2000) Biogeography of ants in eastern Madagascar. In Diversity and Endemism in Madagascar (eds. W.R. Lourenço & S.M.Goodman), pp. 331-344. Paris: Mémoires de la Société de Biogéographie.
098      Fisher, B.L. (2000) The Malagasy fauna of Strumigenys. In The ant tribe Dacetini (ed. B. Bolton), pp. 612-710. Memoirs of the American Entomological Institute, 65, 1-1028.
099      Fisher, B.L. (2000) Ant inventories along elevational gradients in tropical wet forests in Eastern Madagascar. In Sampling Ground-dwelling Ants: Case Studies from the Worlds’ Rain Forests (eds. D. Agosti., J.D. Majer, L. Alonso & T. Schultz), pp. 41-49. Curtin University School of Environmental Biology Bulletin N°. 18. Perth, Australia.
100      Fisher, B.L. (1999) Ant diversity patterns along an elevational gradient in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d’Andohahela, Madagascar. Fieldiana: Zoology,  94, 129-147.
101      Fisher, B.L. (1999) Improving inventory efficiency: a case study of leaf litter ant diversity in            Madagascar. Ecological Applications, 9, 714-731.
102      Fisher, B.L. & Robertson, H.G. (1999) Silk production by adult workers of the ant Melissotarsus emeryi (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) in South African fynbos. Insectes Sociaux, 46, 78-83.
103      Fisher, B.L. (1998) Ant diversity patterns along an elevational gradient in the Réserve Spéciale d’Anjanaharibe-Sud and on the western Masoala Peninsula, Madagascar. Fieldiana: Zoology, 90, 39-67.
104      Fisher, B.L., Ratsirarson, H. & Razafimandimby, S. (1998) Les Fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). In Inventaire biologique de la Forêt Littorale de Tampolo (Fenoarivo Atsinaanana) (eds. J. Ratsirarson & S.M. Goodman), pp 107-131. Centre d’Information et de Documentation Scientifique et Technique, Antananarivo, Recherches pour le Développement, Série Sciences Biologiques, N° 14.
105      Fisher, B.L. (1998) Insect behavior and ecology in conservation: preserving functional species interactions. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 91, 155-158.
106      Fisher, B.L. (1997) Biogeography and ecology of the ant fauna of Madagascar (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Journal of Natural History, 31, 269-302.
107      Fisher, B.L. & Razafimandimby, S. (1997) Les fourmis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). In Inventaire biologique Forêts de Vohibasia et d’Isoky-Vohimena (eds. O. Langrand & S.M. Goodman), pp. 104-109. Centre d’Information et de Documentation Scientifique et Technique and World Wide Fund for Nature, Antananarivo, Recherches pour le Développement, Série Sciences Biologiques, N°12.
108      Fisher, B.L. (1997) A comparison of ant assemblages (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) on serpentine and non-serpentine soils in northern California. Insectes Sociaux, 44, 23-33.
109      Fisher, B.L. (1996) Origins and affinities of the ant fauna of Madagascar. In Biogéographie de Madagascar (ed. W.L. Lourenço), pp. 457-465. Paris: Editions ORSTOM.
110      Fisher, B.L. (1996) Ant diversity patterns along an elevational gradient in the Réserve Naturelle Intégrale d’Andringitra, Madagascar. Fieldiana: Zoology, 85, 93-108.
111      Fisher, B.L. & Fisher, R.L. (1994) Conservation, insects, and the classroom. The Science Teacher, 61, 22-23.
112      Molofsky, J. & Fisher, B.L. (1993) Habitat and predation effects on seedling survival and growth in shade‑tolerant tropical trees. Ecology, 74, 261-265. http://dx.doi.org/10.2307/1939522
113      Fisher, B.L. (1992) Facultative ant association benefits a Neotropical orchid. Journal of Tropical Ecology, 8, 109-114. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0266467400006179
114      Davidson, D.W. & Fisher, B.L. (1991) Symbiosis of ants with Cecropia as a function of light regime. In Ant‑Plant Interactions. (eds. D.F. Cutler & C.R. Huxley), pp. 289-309. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
115      Fisher, B.L., Howe, H.F. & Wright, J.S. (1991) Survival and growth of Virola surinamensis yearlings: water augmentation in gap and understory. Oecologia, 86, 292-297.
116      Fisher, B.L., Sternberg, L.S.L. & Price, D. (1990) Variation in the use of orchid extrafloral nectar by ants. Oecologia, 83,263-266.
117      Fisher, B.L. & Zimmerman, J.K. (1988) Ant/orchid associations in the Barro Colorado National Monument, Panama. Lindleyana, 3,12-16.

 

 

 

 

Popular Publications

  1. Fisher, B.L. (2002) Escape from Ant Paradise. California Wild, Winter issue.
  2. Fisher, B.L. (2003) For the love of Ants. California Wild, Winter issue.
  3. Fisher, B.L. (2003) Why Inventory?, California Wild, Winter issue.
  4. Fisher, B.L. (2005) Attack on the Army Ants. California Wild, Winter issue.
  5. Fisher, B.L. (2006) DNA Barcoding Tomorrow Is Too Late. California Wild, Winter issue.
  6. Fisher, B.L. (2007) The island in the sky. Austral, November.
  7. Fisher, B.L. (2007) Save an Ant, Save a Planet. Published via the Blurb publishing platform. pp. 160. published 4 Oct 2007

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Scientist at Work, New York Times

It's hard enough to find a slow loris in the forests of Vietnam--so addressing the complex threats to the species is all the harder.
On the last day on the river, signs of both hope and despair are found, proving that there's still time for the Mekong River. But not much.
A researcher and his family watched as pairs of Irrawaddy dolphins breached and frolicked, their whimsical play in sharp contrast to the species' grim reality.
The harvest from Tonle Sap had almost doubled between 1940 and 1995, while the number of people fishing has quadrupled during that period, cutting the per-fisher catch in half.
Slow lorises in the deep dark of the Vietnamese forest are probably wise to avoid the scientist who wanders by with a flashlight and a notebook. There are other humans about with less noble intentions.
Sometimes a lot of light at night does not illuminate. When you're looking for slow lorises in the forests of Vietnam, a full moon is not a good sign.