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

Gagnon, Yakir Luc, Daniel I. Speiser, and Sönke Johnsen. “Simplifying numerical ray tracing for characterization of optical systems..” Applied Optics 53, no. 21 (July 2014): 4784–90. Full Text

Akre, Karin L., and Sönke Johnsen. “Psychophysics and the evolution of behavior..” Trends in Ecology & Evolution 29, no. 5 (May 2014): 291–300. Full Text

Nilsson, Dan-E, Eric Warrant, and Sönke Johnsen. “Computational visual ecology in the pelagic realm..” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological Sciences 369, no. 1636 (January 6, 2014). Full Text

Johnsen, S., E. Gassmann, R. A. Reynolds, D. Stramski, and C. Mobley. “The asymmetry of the underwater horizontal light field and its implications for mirror-based camouflage in silvery pelagic fish.” Limnology and Oceanography 59, no. 6 (January 1, 2014): 1839–52. Full Text

Brandley, N. C., D. I. Speiser, and S. Johnsen. “Eavesdropping on visual secrets.” Evolutionary Ecology 27, no. 6 (November 1, 2013): 1045–68. Full Text

Costello, M Joseph, Ashik Mohamed, Kurt O. Gilliland, W Craig Fowler, and Sönke Johnsen. “Ultrastructural analysis of the human lens fiber cell remodeling zone and the initiation of cellular compaction..” Exp Eye Res 116 (November 2013): 411–18. Full Text

Warrant, Eric J., and Sönke Johnsen. “Vision and the light environment..” Current Biology : Cb 23, no. 22 (November 2013): R990–94. Full Text

Gagnon, Yakir L., Tracey T. Sutton, and Sönke Johnsen. “Visual acuity in pelagic fishes and mollusks..” Vision Research 92 (November 2013): 1–9. Full Text

Costello, M Joseph, Lisa A. Brennan, Subharsee Basu, Daniel Chauss, Ashik Mohamed, Kurt O. Gilliland, Sönke Johnsen, Sue Menko, and Marc Kantorow. “Autophagy and mitophagy participate in ocular lens organelle degradation..” Exp Eye Res 116 (November 2013): 141–50. Full Text


Johnsen, S. “Minors or colors? Successful fashions for crypsis in the pelagic realm..” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42:1251–1251. SOC INTEGRATIVE COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 2002.

Sweeney, A., C. Jiggins, and S. Johnsen. “Bio-optics and visual ecology of Heliconius color patterns..” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42:1321–1321. SOC INTEGRATIVE COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 2002.