NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Mathematical Biology
Dept. Mathematics, University of British Columbia
Supervisor: Dr. Leah Edelstein-Keshet
Ph.D. Centre for Wildlife Ecology / Behavioural Ecology Research Group
Dept. Biological Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Supervisors: Dr. Ronald C. Ydenberg, Dr. H. Grant Gilchrist
M.Sc. Cognitive and Behavioural Ecology Programme [Former Biopsychology Programme]
Interdisciplinary Programmes, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. William A. Montevecchi.
B.Sc. (Hons.) - Joint Honors Degree in Biology and Psychology,
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Supervisor: Dr. Anne Storey
Heath, J.P & Borowski, P. (2013) Quantifying Proportional Variability. PlosOne 8(12) e84074
N. Tania, B. Vanderlei, J.P.Heath, L. Edelstein-Keshet (2012) Role of social interaction in dynamic patterns of resource patches and forager aggregation. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 109:11228-11233.
M. Lague, N. Tania, J.P. Heath, L. Edelstein-Keshet. (2012) The effects of facilitation and competition on group foraging in patches. Journal of Theoretical Biology 310:88-96.
J.P. Heath, W.A. Montevecchi, D. Esler. (2012) A method for quantifying consistency in animal distributions using survey data. PLoS ONE 7(9):e44353
A. B. Rudd, A.J.Titmus, B. Gisborne, J. P. Heath (2011) Association of Marbled Murrelets with foraging Gray
Whales on the Southwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. Marine Ornithology 39:261-266
N. Clyde, J. Provencher & J.P. Heath (In Press). Disturbance of nesting Pelagic Cormorants by marine traffic andBald Eagles in Barkley Sound, British Columbia. Northwestern Naturalist
J. P. Heath, H.G. Gilchrist & R.C. Ydenberg (Sept 10, 2010; Cover Feature). Interactions between rate processes with
different time scales explain counterintuitive foraging patterns of arctic wintering eiders. Proc. Roy. Soc. B
J. P. Heath & H.G. Gilchrist (2010). When foraging becomes unprofitable: energetics of diving in tidal currents by
common eiders wintering in the Arctic. Marine Ecology Progress Series 403:279-290.
J. P. Heath & W.A. Montevecchi. (2008) Differential use of similar habitat by Harlequin Ducks: tradeoffs and
implications for identifying critical habitat. Can. J. Zool. 86: 419-426.
J. P. Heath, H.G. Gilchrist & R.C. Ydenberg (2007). Can diving models predict patterns of foraging behaviour?
Diving by Common Eiders in an arctic polynya. Animal Behaviour 73:877-884.
J. P. Heath (2007). Diving and foraging by Common Eiders wintering in the Canadian arctic: managing energy at
multiple time scales. Ph.D. Thesis, Simon Fraser University. 197pp.
J. P. Heath (2006). Quantifying temporal variation in population abundances. Oikos 115:573-581.
J. P. Heath, H.G. Gilchrist & R.C. Ydenberg (2006). Regulation of stroke patterns and swim speed across a range of
current velocities: diving by Common Eiders wintering in polynyas in the Canadian arctic. Journal of
Experimental Biology 209, 3974-3983.
Editor: Gillian et. al. with J.P. Heath & R. Brook. The value of integrating Traditional, Local and Scientific
Knowledge. In: Riewe, R. and Oakes, J. [Eds.] Climate Change: Linking Traditional and Scientific
Knowledge. Aboriginal Issues Press, Univ.Manitoba
H.G.Gilchrist, J.P. Heath, L. Arragutainaq, et al. (2006) Combining scientific and local knowledge to study
common eider ducks wintering in Hudson Bay In: Riewe, R. and Oakes, J. [Eds.] Climate Change: Linking
Traditional and Scientific Knowledge. Aboriginal Issues Press, Univ.Manitoba.
A.F. White, J. P. Heath & B.Gisborne. (2006). Seasonal timing of Bald Eagle attendance and influence on activity
budgets of Glaucous-Winged Gulls in Barkley Sound. Waterbirds 29(4):497-500.
J. P. Heath, G.J. Robertson & W.A.Montevecchi (2006). Population structure of breeding Harlequin Ducks and the
influence of predation risk. Can. J. Zool. 84:855-864.
J.P. Heath, W.A. Montevecchi & G.J. Robertson (2008) Allocating foraging effort across multiple time scales:
behavioural responses to environmental conditions by Harlequin Ducks wintering at Cape St. Mary's,
Newfoundland. Waterbirds 31(Special Publication 2):71-80. [accepted 2004]
J.P. Heath (2008) Presence of a Harlequin Duck drake during brood rearing in northern Labrador. Waterbirds
31(Special Publication 2):81-83.
J.P. Heath, J. Brazil & G. Goodyear (2001) Observation of a Golden Eagle, Aquila chrysaetos, attack on a
Harlequin Duck, Histrionicus histrionicus, in northern Labrador. Can. Field-Nat.115, 515-6
J. P. Heath (2001) Factors influencing breeding distributions of Harlequin Ducks Histrionicus histrionicus in northern
Labrador: a multi-scale approach. M.Sc. Thesis, Memorial University of Newfoundland. 161 pp.
J. P. Heath, D.W. McKay, M.O. Pitcher & A.E. Storey (2001) Changes in the reproductive behaviour of the endangered
Newfoundland marten (Martes americana atrata): implications for captive breeding programs. Can. J. Zool. 79, 149-153