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

Lipid content in overwintering Calanus finmarchicus across the Eastern Subpolar North Atlantic Ocean
Jónasdóttir Sigrún Huld, Wilson Robert J, Gislason Astthor, Heath Michael R
Limnology and Oceanography (2019)
Population density and temperature correlate with long-term trends in somatic growth rates and maturation schedules of herring and sprat
Hunter Aidan, Speirs Douglas C, Heath Michael R
PLOS One Vol 14 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0212176
Timing of sandeel spawning and hatching off the East Coast of Scotland
MacDonald Alan, Heath Michael R, Greenstreet Simon P R, Speirs Douglas C
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 6 (2019)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2019.00070
Modelling the effects of changes in sea-ice extent on Arctic marine food webs
Heath Michael, Benkort Deborah, Brierley Andrew, Daewel Ute, Hofmeister Richard, Proud Roland, Schrum Corinna, Speirs Douglas
MASTS Annual Science Conference (2018)
A general framework for combining ecosystem models
Spence Michael A, Blanchard Julia L, Rossberg Axel G, Heath Michael R, Heymans Johanna J, Mackinson Steven, Serpetti Natalia, Speirs Douglas C, Thorpe Robert B, Blackwell Paul G
Fish and Fisheries Vol 19, pp. 1031–1042 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.1111/faf.12310
Exploring the influence of food and temperature on North Sea sandeels using a new dynamic energy budget model
MacDonald Alan, Speirs Douglas C, Greenstreet Simon P R, Heath Michael R
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 5 (2018)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2018.00339

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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

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 - 30-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
PhD studentship on Modelling the dynamics of expenditure on marine recreation
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018
DiscardLess – Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries (H2020 SC2 SFS)
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator) Cook, Robin (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 28-Jan-2019
A review of the status of Scotland’s capture fisheries - subcontract from Aberdeen Univ
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator)
05-Jan-2015 - 31-Jan-2015

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Address

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