DScVetMed, PhD, DVM, Dipl. ECZM-EBVS
Currently full professor at Aarhus University
EiC@Environ Pollut, EiC@Environ Adv, SE@Heliyon, AE@Environ Res, SE@Wildlife Biol. Member of the IUCN Polar Bear Specialist Group.
Professor Sonne’s background as a veterinarian along with his wide and dedicated interests within the broad field of Environmental Sciences has enabled him to become one of the international leading scientists and authorities within Arctic Wildlife Toxicology. He is an expert in wildlife and human health, biology, stress and ecotoxicology. He is international renowned expert with more than 25 years’ experience in studying the environment in Europe, North America and the Arctic.
Professor Sonne has a unique ability of collaborating with scientists from many fields within Environmental Sciences and in that way, he has been able to produce novel and cutting-edge basic research within Arctic wildlife toxicology, research that also have very high applied and societal value. His research has contributed significantly to identify the presence of toxic industrial chemicals in Arctic biota, and to identify the harmful effects of these on Arctic wildlife, ranging from effects on the individual (organismal) level to the population and ecosystem levels.
His research has also contributed in the understanding of how indigenous people and communities in the North are affected by fabricated pollutants through dietary intake. His research has been significant for including a number of toxic fabricated persistent organic pollutants in the Stockholm Convention, and providing scientific data for providing guidelines for safe consumption of traditional food among Northerners.
Prof Sonne has contributed more than 400 articles including Cell, Nature, Science and book chapters and a similar number of abstract and proceedings. He is also a reviewer for more than 100 environmental journals and research councils in Europe and North America. Danish EPA, AMAP, UNEP and a number of censorships.
Active projects include EiderHealth (Ecology, survival and reproduction in eider ducks at Christiansø, Western Baltic), ZORRO (infectious zoonotic diseases transmissible from harvested wildlife to humans in the European Arctic), AMAP CORE (monitoring contaminants in Greenland core species), Elementaria (rare earth elements in fish, Norway), ERBFacility (COST project on raptors), ECOTHYR (contaminants in Svalbard glaucous gulls), CHANGE (mercury in Greenland) and RISK-PFAS (fluorinated compounds in Greenland wildlife and Inuits).