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. Monitoring and control of smallmouth bass in Cultus Lake, BC (M.Sc. student Wendy Margetts), 2. Migration ecology of Arctic grayling (M.Sc. student Patricia House), 3. Thermal ecology of chinook salmon in the Deadman River (M.Sc. student Michelle Walsh), 4. Biological Assessment of the Louis Creek Benthic Invertebrate Community (BNRS student Heather Vermey).
Recent past projects include 1. Ecology and control of invasive northern pike in the Columbia River (M.Sc. student Dan Doutaz) 2. Feeding ecology of invasive yellow perch and goldfish (BNRS students Lynden Sandy, Dustin Melan, 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:

R. D. Winkler, D. M. Allen, T. R. Giles, B. A. Heise, R. D. Moore, T. E. Redding, D. L. Spittlehouse, and X. Wei. 2021. Approaching Four Decades of Forest Watershed Research at Upper Penticton Creek, British Columbia: A Synthesis. Hydrological Processes. In Press.

Heise, B.A. 2020. Options for control of invasive Goldfish in BC. Presented at Invasives 2019 Invasive Species Council of BC Annual Forum. Feb. 12, 2020. Richmond, BC.

Heise, B. A. 2019. A risk assessment of invasive goldfish (Carassius auratus) in British Columbia. Prepared for the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC, the BC Min. Environ. and Climate Change Strategy, and the Inter Ministry Invasive Species Working Group. Nov. 2019 33 pages.

Heise, B. and J. Bush. 2018. Stopping Northern Pike: A Regional Approach to Protecting Resources and Fisheries Economies. Invasive Species Working Group session, Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit, July 25, 2018, Spokane WA.

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.

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.

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.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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