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.


Risks to North Sea Fish Stocks and Wildlife if Post-Brexit Fishery Negotiations Fail to Reach Agreement on Quotas and Access to UK Waters : Extended Technical Report
Heath Michael R, Cook Robin M
Risks to North Sea Fish Stocks and Wildlife if Post-Brexit Fishery Negotiations Fail to Reach Agreement on Quotas and Access to UK Waters : Summary Report
Heath Michael R, Cook Robin M
Increasing turbidity in the North Sea during the 20th century due to changing wave climate
Wilson Robert J, Heath Michael R
Ocean Science Vol 15, pp. 1615–1625 (2019)
Lipid content in overwintering Calanus finmarchicus across the Subpolar Eastern North Atlantic Ocean
Jónasdóttir Sigrún Huld, Wilson Robert J, Gislason Astthor, Heath Michael R
Limnology and Oceanography Vol 64, pp. 2029-2043 (2019)
Trends in sandeel growth and abundance off the east coast of Scotland
MacDonald Alan, Speirs Douglas C, Greenstreet Simon P R, Boulcott Philip, Heath Michael R
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 6 (2019)
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)

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Research interests

Research interests - modelling of marine ecosystems

Professional activities

Fisheries Innovation Scotland Annual Conference
Keynote/plenary speaker
DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (External organisation)
MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2015
MASTS Annual Science Meeting 2015
ICES Annual Science Conference 2015
To be assigned
Scottish Government (External organisation)

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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
PhD studentship on Modelling the dynamics of expenditure on marine recreation
Heath, Mike (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2015 - 30-Jan-2018

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Mathematics and Statistics
Livingstone Tower

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