People and Contact

David Fisher

David Fisher

The Evolutionary Ethology Lab‘s principal investigator is David Fisher. David is a Research Fellow at the University of Aberdeen. He likes messing around with quantitative genetics and social network analysis, and mostly studies invertebrates. David completed his BSc and MRes at the University of Liverpool, and his PhD at the University of Exeter.

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David is on Twitter using @DFofFreedom


Emma Bleakley

Emma is a PhD student in EEL. Her project is “Social Networks across the Tree of Life” and she is using accessible data to assess the variation among social networks across a number of different taxa.

Emma is based in the beautiful Peak District National Park in Derbyshire. She has a BSc in Animal Behaviour from Manchester Metropolitan University and a MSc in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Salford.

Outside of her studies, she is a keen archer, film fanatic, writer and dog lover.

Follow Emma on Twitter, Instagram, and check out her website.

Previous members

Naomi Hazlerigg

Naomi completed her honours project “Maybe Old Habits Don’t Die that Hard: An Investigation of Age and Web Structure Consistency of an Orb-Weaving Spider” with EEL. Naomi is studying Zoology at the University of Aberdeen.


Manon Gadrat

Manon is at the University of Aberdeen, studying Zoology, and carried out her honours project with EEL, titled: “The Pace of Life Syndrome Hypothesis: A Study of Life Histories and Behavioural Traits in Colonies of the Social Spider Anelosimus eximius