Sonke Johnsen

Professor of Biology

301 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Campus Box: 
Duke Box 90338, Durham, NC 27708-0338
(919) 660-7321


  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 1996

  • B.A., Swarthmore College 1988

Ruxton, GD, and Johnsen, S. "The effect of aggregation on visibility in open water." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 283, no. 1839 (September 2016). Full Text

Tedore, C, and Johnsen, S. "Disentangling the visual cues used by a jumping spider to locate its microhabitat." The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, no. Pt 15 (August 2016): 2396-2401. Full Text

Cronin, TW, Gagnon, YL, Johnsen, S, Marshall, NJ, and Roberts, NW. "Comment on "Open-ocean fish reveal an omnidirectional solution to camouflage in polarized environments"." Science (New York, N.Y.) 353, no. 6299 (August 2016): 552-null. Full Text

Johnsen, S, Gagnon, YL, Marshall, NJ, Cronin, TW, Gruev, V, and Powell, S. "Polarization vision seldom increases the sighting distance of silvery fish." Current biology : CB 26, no. 16 (August 2016): R752-R754. (Letter) Full Text

Wilkins, L, Marshall, NJ, Johnsen, S, and Osorio, D. "Modelling colour constancy in fish: implications for vision and signalling in water." The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, no. Pt 12 (June 2016): 1884-1892. Full Text

Johnsen, S. "How to measure color using spectrometers and calibrated photographs." The Journal of experimental biology 219, no. Pt 6 (March 2016): 772-778. (Review) Full Text

Zylinski, S, Osorio, D, and Johnsen, S. "Cuttlefish see shape from shading, fine-tuning coloration in response to pictorial depth cues and directional illumination." Proceedings. Biological Sciences 283, no. 1826 (March 2016): 20160062-null. Full Text

Caves, EM, Frank, TM, and Johnsen, S. "Spectral sensitivity, spatial resolution and temporal resolution and their implications for conspecific signalling in cleaner shrimp." The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, no. Pt 4 (February 2016): 597-608. Full Text Open Access Copy

Costello, MJ, Brennan, LA, Mohamed, A, Gilliland, KO, Johnsen, S, and Kantorow, M. "Identification and Ultrastructural Characterization of a Novel Nuclear Degradation Complex in Differentiating Lens Fiber Cells." PloS one 11, no. 8 (January 2016): e0160785-. Full Text

Brandley, N, Johnson, M, and Johnsen, S. "Aposematic signals in North American black widows are more conspicuous to predators than to prey." Behavioral Ecology 27, no. 4 (January 1, 2016): 1104-1112. Full Text


Speiser, D, and Johnsen, S. "The optics and evolution of scallop eyes." Annual Meeting of the Society-for-Integrative-and-Comparative-Biology. Salt Lake, UT. January 3, 2011 - January 7, 2011.: OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, February 1, 2009.

Sweeney, AM, Matz, MV, Morse, DE, and Johnsen, S. "Patterns of S-crystallin evolution are correlated with optical acuity in cephalopods." February 2009.

Speiser, DI, Sweeney, AM, and Johnsen, S. "Scallops respond to simulated particles in flow.": OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, December 1, 2006.

Sweeney, A, and Johnsen, S. "Evolution of high-acuity vision in coleoid cephalopods.": OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, December 1, 2006.

Johnsen, S. "Visual Ecology on the high seas." December 2006.

Mora, CV, Johnsen, S, and Lohmann, KJ. "Detection of polarized light by loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta)." December 2005.