University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit

Dr Thomas Gotz
Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Scottish Oceans Institute
East Sands
University of St Andrews
St Andrews
KY16 8LB

Research interests:

  • Psycho-physiological basis of aversivness of sound
  • Sensory and behavioural ecology in marine mammals
  • Impact of anthropgenic noise on marine mammals
  • Echolocation behaviour



Stansbury, A , Gotz, T , Deecke, VB & Janik, VM 2015, ' Grey seals use anthropogenic signals from acoustic tags to locate fish: evidence from a simulated foraging task ' Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences , vol 282, no. 1798, 20141595.
Stansbury, A, Deecke, V , Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2015, ' Potential uses of anthropogenic noise as a source of information in animal sensory and communication systems ' Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology .
Hastie, GD , Donovan, CR , Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2014, ' Behavioral responses by grey seals ( Halichoerus grypus ) to high frequency sonar ' Marine Pollution Bulletin , vol 79, no. 1-2, pp. 205-210.
Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2013, ' Acoustic deterrent devices to prevent pinniped depredation: efficiency, conservation concerns and possible solutions ' Marine Ecology Progress Series , vol 492, pp. 285-302.
Gotz, T & Janik, V 2011, ' Repeated elicitation of the acoustic startle reflex leads to sensitisation in subsequent avoidance behaviour and induces fear conditioning ' BioMed Central Neuroscience , vol 12, 30.
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