After graduating with her M.S., she immersed herself in more nature by working at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, and by participating in a hawk watch in Utah. She camped on a mountaintop for three consecutive months to track the number and types of hawk species that flew by.
In 2002, Julie earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida, Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, studying reproductive physiology of the White Ibis.
From 2003 to 2007, Julie was an assistant professor of biology at Hofstra University in New York.
In 2007, Julie returned to Boise State University as an assistant professor of biology. She continues studies that aid in our understanding of the links between bird habitat conditions and the physiological or behavioral mechanisms that are driving population declines. These studies can help inform wildlife management and aid in the conservation of declining species.
Selected publications since Boise State University graduate school:
Heath, J.A., K. Steenhof, and M.A. Foster. In Press. Shorter migration distances associated with higher winter temperatures suggest a mechanism for advancing nesting phenology of American Kestrels. Journal of Avian Biology.
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.
Strasser, E.H. and J.A. Heath. 2011. Effects of developmental conditions on nestling American Kestrel (Falco sparverius) corticosterone concentrations. General and Comparative Endocrinology 173:164-170. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2011.05.010 ScholarWorks pdf
Doherty, P.J. and J.A. Heath. 2011. Factors affecting Piping Plover hatching success on Long Island, New York. Journal of Wildlife Management 75:109-115. doi: 10.1002/jwmg.16
McIntyre, A.F. and J.A. Heath. 2011. Evaluating the effects of foraging habitat restoration on shorebird reproduction: the importance of performance criteria and comparative design. Journal of Coastal Conservation 15:151-157. doi: 10.1007/s11852-010-0128-x
Leonard Jr., D.L. and J.A. Heath. 2010. Foraging strategies are related to skull morphology and life history traits of Melanerpes woodpeckers. Journal of Ornithology 151:771-777. doi: 10.1007/s10336-010-0509-9
McIntyre, A.F., J.A. Heath, and J. Jannsen. 2010. Trends in Piping Plover reproduction at Jones Beach State Park, NY, 1995-2007. Northeastern Naturalist 17:493-504. publisher
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