Thompson Rivers University

Brian Heise

Name: Brian Heise
Position: Associate Professor
Affiliation: Natural Resource Sciences
Phone: 250-371-5530

Research Interests

I am an aquatic ecologist who studies the effects of land use practices and invasive species on freshwater invertebrates and fish. I teach Limnology, Ichthyology, Fisheries Management, and Ecosystem Reclamation (with Wendy Gardner). I am also the Past Chair of the Invasive Species Council of BC.

Current research projects include 1. Ecology and control of invasive northern pike in the Columbia River (grad student Dan Doutaz) 2. Thermal ecology of chinook salmon in the Deadman River (grad student Michelle Walsh) 3. Migration ecology of Arctic grayling (grad student Patricia House), 4. Feeding ecology of invasive yellow perch (honours student Dustin Melan), and 5. Feeding ecology of invasive goldfish (undergrad Kwynn Bodman).


Ph.D. in Zoology, University of Toronto
M.Sc. in Entomology, University of Manitoba
B.Sc. in Zoology, University of Guelph


Selected publications and presentations:

Harrison, R.B., W.M. Jones, D. Clark, B.A. Heise, and L.H. Fraser. 2017. Livestock grazing in intermountain depressional wetlands: effects on breeding waterfowl. Wetlands Ecology and Management. DOI 10.1007/s11273-017-9529-z.

Tarasoff, C.S., K. Streichert, W. Gardner, B. Heise, J. Church, and T.G. Pypker. 2016. Assessing benthic barriers vs. aggressive cutting as effective yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus) control mechanisms. Invasive Plant Science and Management 9(3): 229-234.

Heise, B., D. Doutaz, M. Herborg, M. Neufeld, D. Derosa and J. Baxter. 2016. Ecology and control of invasive Northern Pike in the Columbia River, Canada. Presented at the 19th International Conference on Aquatic Invasive Species (ICAIS), Winnipeg Manitoba. April 10-14, 2016.

House, P., G. Morinville and B. Heise. 2016. Say "cheese" Using wildlife cameras to enumerate Arctic Grayling Spawners. Poster presented at the Canadian Conference for Fisheries Research (CCFFR), Jan. 7-9, 2016. St. John's, NL.

Heise, B. 2015. Effects of clearcut logging on aquatic invertebrates in headwater streams of Upper Penticton Creek, British Columbia. Fourth International IUFRO Conference: Forests and Water in a Changing Environment. UBC Okanagan, Kelowna BC. July 6-8, 2015

Bailey, C. and B. Heise. 2015. Importance of Chara to invertebrate populations in interior BC lakes. Canadian Conference For Fisheries Research, Jan. 10, 2015, Ottawa, ON.

Clark, D. L., and B. A. Heise. 2014. Effects of livestock grazing on aquatic macroinvertebrates in wetlands of British Columbia's southern interior. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, May 18-23 2014, Portland Oregon.

Sorensen, J.J., and B.A. Heise. 2014. Density or flux? Exploring the relationship between aquatic invertebrate drift and stream discharge. Joint Aquatic Sciences Meeting, May 18-23 2014, Portland Oregon.

Heise, B. 2013. Sleep with the fishes: Ecology, Behaviour and Neurophysiology: Part 1. 4th Annual Multidisciplinary Sleep Science Conference 2013, March 8, 2013.

Heise, B.A., and M.L. Herborg. 2012. Ecology and control of invasive fishes in British Columbia. Invited talk during the symposium "Building linkages between invasive species and restoration". Restoration 2012: Beyond Borders. Joint meeting of the Washington & BC Chapter of the American Fisheries Society and the NW and BC Chapters of the Society for Ecological Restoration. May 15-18, 2012. Victoria, BC.

Petticrew, E., P. Owens, B. Heise and T. Giles.2012. Impact of wildfire on sources of stream sediment organic matter. IAHS-ICCE International Conference on Wildfire and Water Quality: Process, Impacts and Challenges. Banff, Alberta. June 11-14, 2012.

Tattersfield, C. and B. Heise. 2012. Ecology and Control of Introduced Yellow Perch in BC Lakes. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society, Aug. 19-23, 2012. St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN, USA.

Heise, B.A. 2011. Streams and their trophic interactions with the riparian forest. Pp. 88-98 In: Stevenson, H.M. Armleder, A. Arsenault, D. Coxson, S.C. DeLong and M. Jull. British Columbia's Inland Rainforest. Ecology, Conservation and Management. UBC Press.

Heise, B.A. 2011. Aquatic environments (Effects of logging on watersheds, and Effects of dams, reservoirs and run-of-river hydro development). Pp. 262-271 In: Stevenson, H.M. Armleder, A. Arsenault, D. Coxson, S.C. DeLong and M. Jull. British Columbia's Inland Rainforest. Ecology, Conservation and Management. UBC Press.

Courses Taught

Limnology, Ichthyology, Fisheries Management, Ecosystem Reclamation (with Wendy Gardner), Graduating Essay


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