Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units Program: Utah
Education, Research and Technical Assistance for Managing Our Natural Resources

Utah Staff Member

Brian Healy

Brian Healy in Alaska

Phone: (970) 471 - 3407
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  • MS Texas A&M University 2002


Following the receipt of his Master's Degree in Wildlife/Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M in 2002, Brian’s career path led him to the Fisheries Program Manager position at Grand Canyon National Park. Brian is currently a PhD Candidate.

Research Interest

Brian's research interests are the drivers of population dynamics of imperiled species. This involves the study of the effectiveness of conservation actions for imperiled native fish communities in arid-land habitats. He studies how varying hydrologic and thermal regimes may influence vital rates (i.e., growth, survival, reproduction, recruitment) of native and invasive fishes in streams and rivers where native fish restoration activities are implemented. Project Title: Efficacy of conservation actions for native fishes in tributaries of the Colorado River, Grand Canyon.

Research Publications Publication Date
Healy, B.D., R. C. Schelly, C. B. Yackulic, E. C. Omana Smith, P. Budy. 2020. Remarkable response of native fishes to invasive trout suppression varies with trout density, temperature, and annual hydrology. Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 77(9):1446-1462 | Abstract | Download June 2020
Presentations Presentation Date
Healy, Brian D. 1, 2, Robert C. Schelly2, Charles B. Yackulic3, Emily C. Omana Smith2,4, and Phaedra Budy5. Rapid native fish recovery following salmonid suppression varies along environmental gradients in a Colorado River tributary in Grand Canyon, Arizona. Oral Presentation: Advances in the Population Ecology of Stream Salmonids V, Granada, Spain, May 20-24, 2019. May 2019
Healy, B.D., R. C. Schelly, C. B. Yackulic, E.C. Omana Smith, M.M. McKinstry, M.M. Conner, and P. Budy. Native Fish Population Responses to Mechanical Suppression of Invasive Brown Trout in a Grand Canyon Tributary. Oral Presentation: American Fisheries Society and The Wildlife Society Joint Conference, Reno, Nevada, September 30-October 3, 2019. October 2019
Healy, B. D., P. Budy, M. M. Conner, E. C. Omana Smith. 2020. Drivers of demographic rates in translocated populations of an endangered fish in Colorado river tributaries of demographic rates in translocated populations of an endangered fish in Colorado river tributaries. Oral presentation,150th Annual Meeting of the American Fisheries Society. Virtual meeting, August 30 - September 3, 2020. August 2020
Healy, B. D., P. Budy, C. B. Yackulic, and B. P. Murphy. 2021. Towards a better understanding of the population dynamics of a global invader: a stage-based population viability model for predicting eradication success. 2021 Annual Meeting of the Ecological Society of America. Long Beach, CA. August 1-6, 2021. August 2021
Healy, B. D., M. M. Conner, P. Budy, C. B. Yackulic, E. C. Omana Smith, D. R. Van Haverbeke, R. C. Schelly, and M. M. McKinstry. 2020. Oral presentation. Life and death in a dynamic environment: understanding resistance and resilience in demographic rates of imperiled desert fishes. Annual Meeting of the Western Division of the American Fisheries Society, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, April 12-16, 2020. April 2020