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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.

Research Interests

Research interests - modelling of marine ecosystems

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, university College of North Wales, Bangor

1 Oct 197830 Sep 1981

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Projects 2008 2024

Research Output 1993 2019

Increasing turbidity in the North Sea during the 20th century due to changing wave climate

Wilson, R. J. & Heath, M. R., 6 Dec 2019, In : Ocean Science. 15, p. 1615–1625 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
wave climate
bottom stress
shear stress
2 Citations (Scopus)

Lipid content in overwintering Calanus finmarchicus across the Subpolar Eastern North Atlantic Ocean

Jónasdóttir, S. H., Wilson, R. J., Gislason, A. & Heath, M. R., 30 Sep 2019, In : Limnology and Oceanography . 64, 5, p. 2029-2043 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Calanus finmarchicus
carbon sequestration
Atlantic Ocean


A unified population model of Calanus finmarchicus and C. helgolandicus in the North Atlantic

Author: Wilson, R., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Speirs, D. (Supervisor) & Heath, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

Length-structured approach to fisheries stock assessment

Author: Bakhshi, A., 1 Oct 2014

Supervisor: Speirs, D. (Supervisor) & Heath, M. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


Royal Society of Edinburgh, Sir James Black Medal

Mike Heath (Recipient), 6 Aug 2017

Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)

life science

Activities 2000 2016

Fisheries Innovation Scotland Annual Conference

Mike Heath (Keynote/plenary speaker)
22 Aug 2016

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesKey-note speaker and plenary lectures at conferences

DEFRA (Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) (External organisation)

Mike Heath (Advisor)
23 Feb 2016

Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee


Recovery of cod stocks in the North Sea achieved by a change in EU fisheries policy driven by evidence from mathematical models

Mike Heath (Participant), William Gurney (Participant)

Impact: Impact - for External PortalEconomic and commerce, Environment and sustainability - natural world and built environment