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 - Chapel Hill 1996

  • B.A., Swarthmore College 1988

Costello, M Joseph, Sönke Johnsen, Sangeetha Metlapally, Kurt O. Gilliland, Lesley Frame, and Dorairajan Balasubramanian. “Multilamellar spherical particles as potential sources of excessive light scattering in human age-related nuclear cataracts.Exp Eye Res 91, no. 6 (December 2010): 881–89. Full Text

Yerramilli, D., and S. Johnsen. “Spatial vision in the purple sea urchin Strongylocentrotus purpuratus (Echinoidea).The Journal of Experimental Biology 213, no. 2 (January 2010): 249–55. Full Text Open Access Copy

Baldwin, Jamie, and Sönke Johnsen. “The importance of color in mate choice of the blue crab Callinectes sapidus.The Journal of Experimental Biology 212, no. Pt 22 (November 2009): 3762–68. Full Text

Johnsen, Sönke, and Kenneth J. Lohmann. “An inner ear magneto-receptor?Physics Today 62, no. 2 (February 2009): 14–14. Full Text

Marlow, H., D. I. Speiser, D. Matus, S. Johnsen, E. C. Seaver, and M. Q. Martindale. “The evolution of a complex trait: Photoreception in the Metazoa (In preparation).” Nature, 2009.

Speiser, D. I., and S. Johnsen. “Comparative morphology of the concave mirror eyes of scallops (Pectinoidea).” American Malacological Bulletin 26, no. 1–2 (December 29, 2008): 27–33. Full Text

Matz, Mikhail V., Tamara M. Frank, N Justin Marshall, Edith A. Widder, and Sönke Johnsen. “Giant deep-sea protist produces bilaterian-like traces.Current Biology : Cb 18, no. 23 (December 2008): 1849–54. Full Text

Costello, M. J., Sönke Johnsen, Sangeetha Metlapally, Kurt O. Gilliland, Balasubramanya Ramamurthy, Pravin V. Krishna, and Dorairajan Balasubramanian. “Ultrastructural analysis of damage to nuclear fiber cell membranes in advanced age-related cataracts from India.Exp Eye Res 87, no. 2 (August 2008): 147–58. Full Text

Sweeney, A. M., S. H. D. Haddock, and S. Johnsen. “Comparative visual acuity of coleoid cephalopods (Integrative and Comparative Biology 47, 6, (808-814) DOI: 10.1093/icb/icm092).” Integrative and Comparative Biology 48, no. 1 (July 1, 2008): 158. Full Text

Speiser, Daniel I., and Sönke Johnsen. “Scallops visually respond to the size and speed of virtual particles.The Journal of Experimental Biology 211, no. Pt 13 (July 2008): 2066–70. Full Text