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

Taniguchi, Darcy A. A., Yakir Gagnon, Benjamin R. Wheeler, Sönke Johnsen, and Jules S. Jaffe. “Cuttlefish Sepia officinalis Preferentially Respond to Bottom Rather than Side Stimuli When Not Allowed Adjacent to Tank Walls..” Plos One 10, no. 10 (January 2015). Full Text

Dougherty, Lindsey F., Sönke Johnsen, Roy L. Caldwell, and N Justin Marshall. “A dynamic broadband reflector built from microscopic silica spheres in the 'disco' clam Ctenoides ales..” Journal of the Royal Society, Interface 11, no. 98 (September 2014). Full Text

Muchhala, Nathan, Sönke Johnsen, and Stacey Dewitt Smith. “Competition for hummingbird pollination shapes flower color variation in Andean solanaceae..” Evolution; International Journal of Organic Evolution 68, no. 8 (August 2014): 2275–86. Full Text

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


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.

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.