Contact Information

Jim Muirhead, PhD

Centre for Mathematical Biology
CW315 Biological Sciences Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2E9
Ph: 1.780.492.5615 (Office)
Fax: 1.780.492.9457
Research Interests

Invasive species

Plant and animal dispersal


Landscape ecology

Network Theory

Geographic Information Systems


Ph.D. in Environmental Science: University of Windsor, Windsor, Ontario 2002-2007.
Dissertation Title: Forecasting dispersal of nonindigenous species

M.Sc. in Zoology: University of Toronto at Mississauga, Mississauga, Ontario 1996-1999
Thesis title: Feeding and swimming behaviour of Bythotrephes cederstroemi Schoedler

B.Sc. Specialization in Zoology: University of Alberta: Edmonton, Alberta 1991-1994.

Academic Experience

Postdoctoral Fellow

2007-Present. Centre for Mathematical Biology, University of Alberta

Teaching Assistant

University of Windsor

2005-2006. Experimental Principles (Bio 320), Multiple Stressors and Environmental Modelling (GLIER 680)
2004-2005. Experimental Principles (BIO 320)
2003-2004. Introductory Biology (BIO 141), Experimental Principles (BIO 320)
2002-2003. Introductory Biology (BIO 140), Introductory Biology (BIO 141)

University of Toronto at Mississauga

1997-1998.  Biostatistics I (BIO360F), Biostatistics II (BIO361S)
1996-1997.  Ecology (BIO205F), Biostatistics II (BIO361S)

Professional Experience

Aquatic Ecologist, September 2000-2002
Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences
Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Research Assistant, Fish Systematics and Ecology 1991-1995
Department of Zoology, University of Alberta

  1. Muirhead, J. R., A. Bobeldyk, J. Bossenbroek, K. Egan, C. Jerde (In Press). Estimating dispersal and predicting spread of nonindigenous species in Bioeconomics of Invasive Species: Integrating ecology, economics, policy and management. Reuben P. Keller, David M. Lodge, Mark A. Lewis & Jason F. Shogren, eds. pp. 197-238. Oxford University Press.
  2. Steinberg, A., J. Ejsmont-Karabin, J. R. Muirhead, C.T. Harvey and H. J. MacIsaac. (In Press). Consistent, long-term change in rotifer community composition across four Polish lakes. Hydrobiologia
  3. Muirhead, J. R.  D. K. Gray, D. W. Kelly, S. M. Ellis and H. J. MacIsaac. 2008. Identifying the source of species invasions: sampling intensity vs. genetic diversity. Molecular Ecology 17:1020-1035.
  4. MacIsaac, H. J. L. - M. Herborg, and J. R. Muirhead. 2007. Modeling biological invasions of lakes. In: Freshwater Bioinvaders: Profiles, Distribution and Threats. Edited by F. Gherardi
  5. Kelly, D.W., J. R. Muirhead, D. D. Heath, and H. J. MacIsaac, H. J. 2006. Contrasting patterns in genetic diversity following multiple invasions of fresh and brackish waters. Molecular Ecology 15: 3641-3653.
  6. Muirhead, J. R., J. Ejsmont-Karabin and H. J. MacIsaac. 2006. Quantifying rotifer species richness in temperate lakes. Freshwater Biology 51:1696-1709.
  7. Muirhead, J. R., B. Leung, C. van Overdijk, D. Kelly, K. Nandakumar, K. Marchant and H.J. MacIsaac. 2006. Modeling local and long-distance dispersal of the emerald ash borer Agrilus planipennis (Coleoptera) in North America.  Diversity and Distributions 12:71-79.
  8. Pratt, T. C., K. E. Smokorowski, and J. R. Muirhead. 2005. Development and experimental assessment of an underwater video technique for assessing fish-habitat relationships. Archiv für Hydrobiologie 164: 547-571.
  9. Colautti, R., J. R. Muirhead, R. N. Biswas, and H. J. MacIsaac. 2005. Realized versus apparent enemy release in the European starling. Biological Invasions 7:723-732.
  10. Muirhead, J. R. and H.J. MacIsaac. 2005.  Development of inland lakes as hubs in an invasion network. Journal of Applied Ecology 42:80-90. 
  11. MacIsaac, H. J., J. Borbely, J. R. Muirhead and P. Graniero. 2004. Backcasting and forecasting biological invasions of inland lakes. Ecological Applications 14: 773-783.
  12. Orlova, M. I., J. R. Muirhead, P. I. Antonov, G. K. Shcherbina, Y. I. Starobogatov, G. I. Biochino, T. W. Therriault, H. J. MacIsaac.  2004. Range expansion of quagga mussels Dreissena rostriformis bugensis in the Volga River and Caspian Sea basin.  Aquatic Ecology 38:561-573.
  13. Muirhead, J. R. and W. G. Sprules. 2003. Reaction distance of Bythotrephes longimanus, encounter rate and index of prey risk for Harp Lake, Ontario. Freshwater Biology 48:135-146.

Manuscripts reviewed

Reviewed manuscripts for Trends in Ecology and Evolution, Freshwater Biology, BioScience, Ecography, Journal of Applied Ecology, Water Research, Biological Invasions, Journal of Theoretical Ecology

Page developed and maintained by Jim Muirhead. Updated Dec. 2008
Publications Submitted or In revision
  1. Muirhead, J. R and H. J. MacIsaac. Predictive ability of gravity models to forecast invasions. Submitted to Biological Invasions.
  2. Muirhead, J. R and H. J. MacIsaac. Comparative stage-based hierarchical modeling of invasion success of two aquatic invertebrates. Submitted to Diversity and Distributions.