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

Frank, TM, Johnsen, S, and Cronin, TW. "Light and vision in the deep-sea benthos: II. Vision in deep-sea crustaceans." Journal of Experimental Biology 215, no. 19 (2012): 3344-3353. Full Text

Zylinski, S, and Johnsen, S. "Mesopelagic cephalopods switch between transparency and pigmentation to optimize camouflage in the deep." Curr Biol 21, no. 22 (November 22, 2011): 1937-1941. Full Text

Baldwin, J, and Johnsen, S. "Effects of molting on the visual acuity of the blue crab, Callinectes sapidus." The Journal of Experimental Biology 214, no. Pt 18 (September 2011): 3055-3061. Full Text

Speiser, DI, Eernisse, DJ, and Johnsen, S. "A chiton uses aragonite lenses to form images." Current Biology : Cb 21, no. 8 (April 14, 2011): 665-670. Full Text

Johnsen, S, Marshall, NJ, and Widder, EA. "Polarization sensitivity as a contrast enhancer in pelagic predators: lessons from in situ polarization imaging of transparent zooplankton." Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 366, no. 1565 (March 12, 2011): 655-670. Full Text

Bhandiwad, A, and Johnsen, S. "The effects of salinity and temperature on the transparency of the grass shrimp Palaemonetes pugio." J Exp Biol 214, no. Pt 5 (March 1, 2011): 709-716. Full Text

Sweeney, AM, Boch, CA, Johnsen, S, and Morse, DE. "Twilight spectral dynamics and the coral reef invertebrate spawning response." The Journal of Experimental Biology 214, no. Pt 5 (March 2011): 770-777. Full Text

Shashar, N, Johnsen, S, Lerner, A, Sabbah, S, Chiao, C-C, Mäthger, LM, and Hanlon, RT. "Underwater linear polarization: physical limitations to biological functions." Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 366, no. 1565 (March 2011): 649-654. (Review) Full Text