Daniel Fisher is Claude W. Hibbard Collegiate Professor of Paleontology and a professor in both the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. He is also a curator and the director of the Paleontology Museum.
Ph.D. Geology, Harvard, 1975
Professor Fisher's current research focuses on the paleobiology and extinction of mastodons and mammoths, elucidated by studies of growth increments and compositional (isotopic and elemental) time series sampled from their tusks and cheek teeth. Fieldwork associated with these projects involves many Pleistocene proboscidean sites in North America (especially the Great Lakes region) and in Siberia. Investigations of how teeth record details of animal physiology and life history are supported by studies of tooth formation processes in humans and other mammals. Additional projects have explored use of stratigraphic data in phylogenetic inference; digestive physiology of crocodilians; modes of growth of receptaculitid algae; comparative anatomy, skeletal crystallography, and phylogeny of stylophoran echinoderms; and functional morphology, phylogeny, and macroevolutionary patterns of horseshoe crabs.
D'Emic, Michael D.; Whitlock, John A.; Smith, Kathlyn M.; Fisher, Daniel C.; Wilson, Jeffrey A. “Evolution of high tooth replacement rates in sauropod dinosaurs.” PloS one Vol. 8, Issue 7. Start Page: e69235. (2013)
Rountrey, Adam N.; Fisher, Daniel C.; Tikhonov, Alexei N.; Kosintsev, Pavel A.; Lazarev, Pyotr A.; Boeskorov, Gennady; Buigues, Bernard. “Early tooth development, gestation, and season of birth in mammoths.” Quaternary International Vol. 255. Pages: 196-205. (2012)
Smith, Kathlyn M.; Fisher, Daniel C. “Sexual dimorphism of structures showing indeterminate growth: tusks of American mastodons (Mammut americanum).” Paleobiology Vol. 37, Issue 2. Pages: 175-194. (2011)
Fisher, Daniel C. “Evolutionary morphology; beyond the analogous, the anecdotal, and the ad hoc.” Paleobiology Vol. 11, Issue 1. Pages: 120-138. (1985)