Dr Jessica C. Fisher is currently a Co-PI and Postdoctoral Research Associate on the project Woodland Biodiversity for Human Health and Wellbeing Across Britain, funded by the Woodland Trust. Previously, Dr Fisher worked on a project Environmental Spaces and the Feel-Good Factor: Relating Subjective Wellbeing to Biodiversity (RELATE) led by Professor Zoe Davies. This European Research Council-funded project aimed to understand which components of nature and biodiversity play a role in human wellbeing.
Dr Fisher gained a BSc in Zoology from Newcastle University before completing an MRes in Biodiversity Evolution and Conservation from University College London. Jessica joined DICE in 2016 as a PhD student.
Her PhD used research methods from ecology, geography and environmental psychology to examine human-nature interactions in urban Guyana. During her PhD, Jessica spent time working with Natural England through a UKRI-funded Policy Internship, contributing to redevelopment of the ‘Monitoring Engagement with the Natural Environment’ (MENE) survey (now the People and Nature survey).
Dr Jessica C. Fisher is a member of the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology.
Dr Fisher’s research interests cross traditional disciplinary boundaries using mixed research methods to tackle social and environmental challenges in biodiversity management. Her expertise also includes participatory visual methods (video, photo elicitation), quantitative questionnaires, structural equation modelling, ecological survey methods, and data visualisation.