Sophie von der Heyden

Associate Professor of Marine Genomics and Conservation in the Department of Botany and Zoology, Stellenbosch University

Prof von der Heyden is a marine molecular ecologist. Her research is wide, but primarily focusses on the conservation and sustainable utilisation of species and the marine environment. Her particular interests lie in the applicability of molecular ecological and genomics tools to inform marine spatial planning, understanding MPA connectivity patterns and resilience and adaptation of marine species to ongoing and future change, as well as the impacts of changing marine communities on society.


  • –present
    Professor evolutionary genomic group, Stellenbosch University


The World Academy of Science Young Affiliate; Future Young Leader, Japan Science and Technology Agency