University of St Andrews
Sea Mammal Research Unit

Dr Thomas Götz
Honorary Lecturer

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

Research interests:

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



Goetz, T & Janik, VM 2016, 'The startle reflex in acoustic deterrence: an approach with universal applicability?' Animal Conservation, vol 19, pp. 225-226. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12295
Götz, T & Janik, VM 2016, 'Non-lethal management of carnivore predation: long-term tests with a startle-reflex based deterrence system on a fish farm' Animal Conservation, vol 19, pp. 212-221. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12248
Börner, A, Hjemdahl, R, Gotz, T & Brown, GR 2016, 'Ultrasonic vocalizations of female Norway rats (Rattus norvegicus) in response to social partners' Journal of Comparative Psychology, vol 130, no. 1, pp. 76-80. DOI: 10.1037/com0000017
Stansbury, A, Deecke, V, Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2016, Potential uses of anthropogenic noise as a source of information in animal sensory and communication systems. in AN Popper & A Hawkins (eds), The Effects of Noise on Aquatic Life II. Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology, vol. 875, Springer, pp. 1105-1111. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4939-2981-8_137
Gotz, T & Janik, VM 2015, 'Target-specific acoustic predator deterrence in the marine environment' Animal Conservation, vol 18, no. 1, pp. 102-111. DOI: 10.1111/acv.12141
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