Dr. Darcy Visscher

Assistant Professor, Biology P: 780-465-3500 Ext. 8121 F: 780-465-3534
  • PhD Ecology, University of Alberta, 2010
  • M.Sc. Mammalogy, University of Pretoria, South Africa, 2002
  • B.Sc. ENVS Biology, The King's University College, 2000

Research Interests
My interest is the role individual behaviour plays in ecological processes, in particular how animals trade-off foraging reward and predation risk as well as how animals move through the landscape to maximize their fitness.


  • Predation risk sensitive foraging in birds
  • Optimal search strategies using genetic algorithms and Levy flights
  • Urban wildlife road crossing behaviour

Van Moorter, B, DR Visscher, I Herfindal, M Basille and A Mysterud. (2011) Inferring behavioural mechanisms in habitat selection studies getting the null-hypothesis right for functional and familiarity responses. Accepted in Ecography.

Van Moorter B, DR Visscher, CL Jerde, JL Frair, and EH Merrill. (2010) Identifying movement states from location data using cluster analysis. Journal of Wildlife Management.74:588-594.

McKenzie HW, CL Jerde, DR Visscher, EH Merrill, and MA Lewis. (2009) Inferring linear feature use in the presence of GPS measurement error. Environmental and Ecological Statistics. 16:531-546.

Van Moorter B, DR Visscher, S Benhamou, L Borger, M Boyce, and JM Gaillard. (2009) Memory keeps you at home: A mechanistic home range model. Okios. 118:641-652.

Visscher DR and EH Merrill. (2009) Temporal dynamics of forage succession for elk at two scales: Implications for forest management. Forest Ecology and Management. 257:96-106.

Visscher DR. (2006) GPS measurement error and resource selection functions in a fragmented landscape. Ecography. 29:458-464.

Visscher DR, EH Merrill, D Fortin, and JL Frair. (2006) Estimating woody browse availability for ungulates at increasing snow depths. Forest Ecology and Management. 222:348-354.

Jerde CL and DR Visscher. (2005) GPS measurement error influences on movement model parameterization. Ecological Applications. 15:806-810.

Frair, JL, EH Merrill, DR Visscher, D Fortin, H Beyer, and JM Morales. (2005) Scales of movement by elk (Cervus elaphus) in response to heterogeneity in forage resources and predation risk. Landscape Ecology. 20:273-287.

Visscher DR, RJ van Aarde, and I Whyte. (2004) Environmental and maternal correlates of foetal sex ratios in the African buffalo and savannah elephant. Journal of Zoology (London).