Dr Sonja Heinrich

Dr Sonja Heinrich
Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Teaching


Departmental duties

Director of Postgraduate Teaching

Chair, Postgraduate Teaching Committee

Module organiser:

  • BL5210 - Principles of marine mammal biology
  • BL5104 - Conservation & management of marine mammals
  • BL5124 & BL4301 - Predator ecology in polar regions (Antarctic field trip)

Contributing to BL5310 (Marine Biodiversity & Ecosystem Function), BL5304 (Ecosystem-based Management of Marine Systems), BL4258 (Foraging in Marine Mammals)

St Andrews Teaching Excellence Award 2016

Research Interests:

Marine predator ecology - abundance, distribution & habitat use, species interactions, conservation of vulnerable species, polar regions,

Research students@ St Andrews

Phd student (2010-2015): Marina Costa (jointly with Prof Hammond), Sympatric ecology of delphinids in the Egyptian Red Sea.

MSc(Res) (2019-2020): Grant Ellis, Habitat use of Hector's dolphins off Kaikoura, New Zealand

MSc (taught) - 2-4 students per year

Research Projects:

Chiloe Small Cetacean Project (PI)

Conservation ecology and population assessments of small cetaceans in southern Chile (e.g. PI for abundance & collaborator for Chilean dolphin bycatch assessment project))

Sympatric ecology of Lagenorhynchus/Cephalorhynchus dolphins (PI)

Habitat use & abundance of coastal dolphins in the Falkland Islands (collaborator with SAERI)

Using platform of opportunity data to investigate distribution and ecology of Antarctic marine top predators (co-PI with Dr Lars Boehme)

Professional Representation:

Member: IUCN Cetacean Specialist Group and Cetacean Red List Authority.

source: symbiosis


Research Overview:

sympatric ecology, conservation biology of marine mammals,



13 (of 13 /dk/atira/pure/researchoutput/status/published available) for sh52. (source: University of St Andrews PURE)
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Entanglements and mortality of endemic Chilean dolphins (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) in salmon farms in Southern Chile Cayetano Espinosa-Miranda, Benjamin Carceres, Olivia Blank, Marjorie Fuentes-Riquelme, Sonja Heinrich
Aquatic Mammals 2020 vol. 46 pp. 337-343
Habitat partitioning in sympatric delphinids around the Falkland Islands Sophie Caroline Smout, Clint Blight, Lars Boehme, Grant Munro, Marina Costa, Sonja Heinrich
Frontiers in Marine Science 2020 vol. 7
Fine-scale habitat partitioning of Chilean and Peale’s dolphins and their overlap with aquaculture Sonja Heinrich, Marjorie Fuentes Riquelme, Philip Steven Hammond
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019 vol. 29 pp. 212-226
Lagenorhynchus australis Sonja Heinrich, N. Dellabianca
Phocoena spinipinnis F. Felix, J. Alfaro, J. Reyes, J. Mangel, N. Dellabianca, Sonja Heinrich, E. Crespo
Cephalorhynchus eutropia Sonja Heinrich, Randall Reeves
Whales Philip Steven Hammond, Sonja Heinrich, Sascha Kate Hooker, Peter Lloyd Tyack
Echolocation clicks of free-ranging Chilean dolphins (Cephalorhynchus eutropia) Thomas Goetz, Ricardo Nuno Antunes, Sonja Heinrich
Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 2010 vol. 128 pp. 563-566
Aquaculture and marine mammals: co-existence or conflict? C M Kemper, D Pemberton, M Cawthorn, Sonja Heinrich, J Mann, B Würsig, P Shaughnessy, R Gales
2003 pp. 208-225
Swimming with wild cetaceans, with a special focus on the Southern Hemisphere A Samuels, L Bejder, R Constantine, Sonja Heinrich
2003 pp. 277-302
A northward spread in the breeding distribution of the New Zealand sea lion Phocarctos hookeri S D McConkey, H McConnell, C Lalas, Sonja Heinrich, A Ludmerer, N McNally, C Borofsky, K Schimanski, G McIntosh
Australian Mammalogy 2002 vol. 24 pp. 97-106
Pattern of immigration of New Zealand sea lions Phocarctos hookeri to Otago, New Zealand: Implications for management S D McConkey, Sonja Heinrich, C Lalas, H McConnell, N McNally
Australian Mammalogy 2002 vol. 24 pp. 107-116


The Secretary
Scottish Oceans Institute
Institiud Chuantan na h-Alba
Gatty Marine Laboratory
East Sands St Andrews
KY16 8LB

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