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Julie Heath
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Julie Heath

   Biography

Ph.D. (2002) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. White Ibis (Eudocimus albus) reproductive physiology. Major advisor: Dr. P.C. Frederick
M.S. (1996) Boise State University, Boise, ID, Raptor Biology, Effect of body condition on the adrenal stress response, and the role of corticosterone in American Kestrel nest departure and post-fledging dispersal. Major advisor: Dr. A.M. Dufty, Jr.
B.S. (1993) University of California, Davis, CA, Zoology

Boise State University
1910 University Dr.  
Boise,  ID  83725  United States
Phone: 208-426-3208 Fax: 208-426-1040
Email: julieheath@boisestate.edu


   Research Interests

Research in my lab is focused on how human activities affect bird biology and, consequently, avian populations. Much of our research has both a field and laboratory component. In the field, students capture and sample birds while collecting data on bird distribution, behavior, and physiology. We also gather information on human activities such as traffic, urbanization, and recreational use of wild areas. In the lab, we analyze avian blood samples, prey, and habitat samples. Our research is designed to have impact in the fields of reproduction, habitat selection, stress biology, and conservation.

Species of Interest: 
American Kestrel


   Publications

McClure, C.J.W., B.P. Pauli and J.A. Heath. 2017. Simulations reveal the power and peril of artificial breeding sites for monitoring and managing animals. Ecological Applications 27(4):1155-1166.       pdf

Pauli, B.P., R.J. Spaul & J.A. Heath. 2016. Forecasting disturbance effects on wildlife: tolerance does not mitigate effects of increased recreation on wildlands. Animal Conservation 20(3):251-260. including appendices       pdf

MacColl, E., K. Vanesky, J.A. Buck, B.M. Dudek, C.A. Eagles-Smith, J.A. Heath, G. Herring, C. Vennum and C.J. Downs. 2017. Correlates of immune defenses in Golden Eagle nestlings. Journal of Experimental Zoology, doi:10.1002/jez.2081       pdf

Spaul, R.J. & J.A. Heath 2016. Nonmotorized recreation and motorized recreation in shrup-steppe habitats affects behavior and reproduction of Golden Eagles (Aquila chrysaetos). Ecology and Evolution 2016:1-13. doi: 10.1002/ece3.2540       pdf

Smith, S.H., K. Steenhof, C.J.W. McClure and J. A. Heath. 2016. Earlier nesting by generalist predatory bird is associated with human responses to climate change. Journal of Animal Ecology 86(1):98-107.       pdf

McClure, C.J.W., A.C. Korte, J.A. Heath and J.R. Barber. 2015. Pavement and riparian forest shape the bird community along an urban river corridor. Global Ecology and Conservation 4:291-310.       pdf

Heath, J.A., K. Steenhof, and M.A. Foster. 2012. Shorter migration distances associated with higher winte temperatures suggest a mechanism for advancing nesting phenology of American Kestrels Falco sparverius. Joural of Avian Biology 43:376-384.

Heath, J.A., E.H. Strasser, M.A. Foster, L. Bardo, and D.M. Bird. 2011. Challenges in creating an American Kestrel body condition index based on size-adjusted mass. Journal of Raptor Research 45:324-334.

Heath, J.A., and A.M. Dufty, Jr. 1998. Body condition and the adrenal stress response in captive American Kestrel juveniles. Physiological Zoology 71:67-73.

Heath, J.A., and A.M. Dufty, Jr. 1998. Body condition and the adrenal stress response in captive American Kestrel juveniles. Physiological Zoology 71:67-73.

Heath, J. 1997. Corticosterone levels during nest departure of juvenile American Kestrels. Condor 99:806-811.

Heath, J.A. 1996. Effects of body condition on the adrenal stress response, and the role of corticosterone in American Kestrel nest departure and post-fledging dispersal. M.Sc. thesis, Boise State University, Boise, ID.

Heath, J., and A. M. Dufty. 1995. (Abstract) Activity and corticosterone levels in food restricted postfledging American Kestrels (Falco sparverius). Journal of Raptor Research 29:57-58.



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