Investigating the effect of oil spills
on the environment and public health.
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Michael Heithaus

Florida International University

Marine Community Ecology and Behavioral Ecology

Biscayne Bay Campus, Marine Sciences Building
3000 NE 151st
North Miami, FL  33181  


Project List:

Assessing Impacts of Oil Exposure to Deep Sea Ecosystems of the Gulf of Mexico Using Sharks and Scavengers As Integrative Models

Year One Block Grant - Florida Institute of OceanographyRole: Principal Investigator, Project Data Point of Contact

Publications & Presentations:

Journal Article - 1


Churchill, D., Heithaus, M., Vaudo, J. J., Grubbs, R. D., & Castro, J. I. (2015). Trophic interactions of common elasmobranchs in deep-sea communities of the Gulf of Mexico revealed through stable isotope and stomach contents analysis. Deep Sea Research Part II: Topical Studies in Oceanography, 115, 92–102.

Conference Presentations - 3


Churchill, D., & Heithaus, M. R. (2013). Spatial and temporal variation in trophic interactions of deep sea fishes and invertebrates of the Gulf of Mexico. In American Elasmobranch Society/American Society of Ichthyologists and Herpetologists. Summer 2013.


Gelsleichter, J., Leary, A. E., Drakos, H., Davis, M., Gonzalez de Acevedo, M., McCallister, M., et al. (2012). Effects of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill on Deepwater Shark Populations from the Northeast Gulf of Mexico. In American Elasmobranch Society Annual Meeting. Vancouver, BC, August 8-13, 2012.
Grubbs, R. D., Gelsleichter, J., Heithaus, M. R., Gastrich, K., & Cotton, C. (2012). Assemblages of large demersal fishes associated with DeSoto Canyon and the continental slope waters in the Eastern Gulf of Mexico with reference to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. In Ocean Sciences Meeting 2012. Salt Lake City, UT: 02/19/12-02/24/12.