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Daniel Heath

Dr. Daniel Heath on a boat with water and a mountain in the background

Professor & Executive Director

Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3762
Office: GLIER Rm 247D
e-mail: Daniel Heath
Lab Website: Heath Research Group

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Uses genetic tools (quantitative, population and molecular) and field techniques to address fundamental questions in evolution, ecology and conservation biology, primarily in aquatic ecosystems.


  • Ph.D. 1993, Animal Science, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • M.Sc. 1985, Biology, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • B.Sc. 1981, Physics, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Past Academic Positions

  • Associate Professor, GLIER & Biology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, 2001-2005
  • Assistant Professor, GLIER & Biology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, Canada, 2000-2001
  • Assistant & Associate Professor, Biology, College of Science and Management,University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC, Canada
  • Research Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA, 1993-1995

Recent Publications

Sarah J. Lehnert, John W. Heath and Daniel D. Heath. 2013. Ecological and genetic risks arising from reproductive interactions between wild and farmed Chinook salmon, Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences, 7(12):1691-1698.

Michelle Farwell, Ken G. Drouillard, Daniel D. Heath, et al. 2013. Associations Between Female Reproductive Traits and Polychlorinated Biphenyl Sediment Concentrations in Wild Populations of Brown Bullhead (Ameiurus nebulosus), Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology, 65(4):742-752.

Kyle W. Wellband, Daniel D. Heath. 2013. The relative contribution of drift and selection to transcriptional divergence among Babine Lake tributary populations of juvenile rainbow trout, Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 26(11): 2497-2508.

Sathyanarayanan Sevilimedu, Subba Rao Chaganti, Jerald A. Lalman, Daniel D. Heath. 2013. Effect of furans and linoleic acid on hydrogen production, International Journal of Hydrogen Energy, 38(28):12283-12293.

Kyle W. Wellband, Daniel D. Heath. 2013. Environmental associations with gene transcription in Babine Lake rainbow trout: evidence for local adaptation, 3(5):1194-1208.

Recent Funding

CFI & OIT: 2012-2014. Environmental Stressors in the Great Lakes: Assessment, function and remediation. PI ($6,726,259).

CFI & OIT: 2011-2013. Parallel sequencing facility for environmental, ecological and evolutionary research. PI ($164,857).

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant: 2012. High through-put digital field-based fish measurement system. PI ($27,808).

NSERC Research Tools and Instruments Grant: 2012. A field vehicle for ecological research. CoPI ($42,000).

NSERC CRD Grant: 2009-2011. Genetic and physiological basis of growth, survival and reproduction in Chinook salmon: applications for aquaculture. CoPI ($130,000).

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