Dr Sonja Heinrich

Senior Lecturer & Director of Postgraduate Teaching

SOI 2.11
tel. 01334 462628
fax. 01334 463443

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 database)