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Bacterium feeding on arsenicBiogeochemistry

Daniel Heath

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


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

Johansson, M.L., S.R. Chaganti, N. Simard, K. Howland, G. Winkler, A. Rochon, F. Laget, P. Tremblay, D.D. Heath, H. MacIsaac. 2017. Attenuation and modification of the ballast water microbial community during voyages into the Canadian Arctic. Divers. Distrib., doi: 10.1111/ddi.12552.

Heath, D.D. 2017. Plasticity in gene transcription explains the differential performance of two invasive fish species. Evol. Appl., doi: 10.1111/eva.12463.

Falica, B.K., S.J. Lehnert, T.E. Pitcher, D.D. Heath, D.M. Higgs. 2017. Ontogentic shifts in genetic and maternal effects on length and survival in Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). Aquaculture, 468 218-225.

Lehnert, S.J., R.H. Devlin, T.E. Pitcher, C.A.D. Semeniuk and D.D. Heath. 2017. Redder isn’t always better: cost of carotenoids in Chinook salmon eggs. Behav. Ecol., doi: 10.1093/beheco/arw182.

Shewa, W.A., J.A. Lalman, S.R. Chaganti and D.D. Heath. 2016. Electricity production from lignin photocatalytic degradation byproducts. Energy 111:774-784.

Recent Funding

Trojan Technologies. 2016-2019. Application of cultureomics for identification of phytoplanktons in fresh and marine waters. PI ($75,000).

NSERC Sub Grant: 2016-2019. Developing high-performance Chinook salmon stocks for use in aquaculture: reproductive success, flesh colour, immunity and cryopreservation.

NSERC Strategic Project Grant: 2016-2019. Restoring biodiversity and a valuable fishery: Atlantic Salmon reintroduction into Lake Ontario. CoPI ($595,860).

NSERC Strategic Project Grant: 2015-2018. Great Lakes recreational water security: Microbial community characterization, source tracking and remediation through meta-genomics. PI ($574,000).

NSERC Discovery Grant: 2013-2018. Evolutionary genetics of early life history variation in salmon: Non-additive genetic effects and local adaptation. PI ($250,000).

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