Professor Mike Heath

Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

Having graduated with a joint honors degree in Marine Biology and Oceanography, I completed a PhD on cell division phasing under light-dark cycles in populations of micro-algae, involving laboratory culturing and mathematical modelling of cell stage demography. Then in 1982 I obtained a post at the Scottish Office Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen. Initially I was researching and modelling migrations of herring using parasite fauna as natural tags, designed to improve stock assessments of herring. During the following years I led field and modelling programmes on thedispersal and survival of fish larvae, observational and modelling projects on nutrient dynamics in coastal ecosystems, and led a sequence of EU and NERC funded programmes on the population dynamics of zooplankton in the North Atlantic. These projects were designed to advise the Scottish Government on the impacts of aquaculture nutrient release on the environment, impacts of climate change on fisheries, and latterly on human and climate impacts on indices of ecosystem status.

During my time at the Marine Laboratory in Aberdeen I developed strong links with the Statistics and Modelling Science Department at Strathclyde, and in 2010 I was successful in obtaining a research post at the University funded by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS), which is a SFC science pooling initiative. My current research interests are the mathematical and statistical modelling of fish populations and fisheries, and the dynanics of ecosystems.

Publications

Scottish Parliament Committee on Culture, Tourism, Europe and External Affairs; Inquiry on the Negotiations of the Future Relationship between the European Union and the UK Government : Submission for Professor Michael Heath, Dr Robin Cook and Professor Paul Fernandes
Heath Michael, Cook Robin, Fernandes Paul G
(2020)
Guest blog - Risks to North Sea fish stocks and wildlife if post-Brexit fisheries negotiations go awry
Heath Mike, Cook Robin
(2020)
The effect of viral plasticity on the persistence of host-virus systems
Choua Melinda, Heath Michael R, Speirs Douglas C, Bonachela Juan A
Journal of Theoretical Biology Vol 498 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jtbi.2020.110263
Risk to fish stocks posed by Brexit
Heath Mike
(2020)
Spatial synchrony of breeding success in the blacklegged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla reflects the spatial dynamics of its sandeel prey
Olin Agnes B, Banas Neil S, Wright Peter J, Heath Michael R, Nager Ruedi G
Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol 638, pp. 177-190 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.3354/meps13252
Without a Brexit fisheries deal, herring and other North Sea species face dire future – new research
Heath Mike, Cook Robin
(2020)

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Research interests

Research interests - modelling of marine ecosystems

Professional activities

Fisheries Innovation Scotland Annual Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
22/8/2016
DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (External organisation)
Advisor
23/2/2016
MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2015
Speaker
2/10/2015
MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2015
Speaker
1/10/2015
ICES Annual Science Conference 2015
To be assigned
22/9/2015
Scottish Government (External organisation)
Member
6/2015

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Projects

Doctoral Training Grant - Scottish Universities Partnership for Environmental Research (SUPER)
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 30-Jan-2027
SUMMER - Sustainable Management of Mesopelagic Resources
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 31-Jan-2023
GCRF One Ocean Hub
Morgera, Elisa (Principal Investigator) Baum, Thomas (Co-investigator) Cathcart, Alison (Co-investigator) Clark, Bryan (Co-investigator) Da Lomba, Sylvie (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator) Revie, Matthew (Co-investigator) Sindico, Francesco (Co-investigator) Switzer, Stephanie (Co-investigator) Vermeylen, Saskia (Co-investigator) Webster, Elaine (Co-investigator)
13-Jan-2019 - 12-Jan-2024
Microbes to Megafauna Modelling of Arctic Seas (MiMeMo)
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Mechanistic understanding of the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a warmer Arctic
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 02-Jan-2021
Scoping the background information for an Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2016 - 31-Jan-2017

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Address

Mathematics and Statistics
Livingstone Tower

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