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

Johnsen, S., and H. M. Sosik. “Shedding light on light in the ocean.” Oceanus 43 (2004): 24–28.

Johnsen, Sönke. “Lifting the cloak of invisibility: the effects of changing optical conditions on pelagic crypsis.Integrative and Comparative Biology 43, no. 4 (August 2003): 580–90. Full Text

Sweeney, Alison, Christopher Jiggins, and Sönke Johnsen. “Insect communication: Polarized light as a butterfly mating signal.Nature 423, no. 6935 (May 2003): 31–32. Full Text

Avens, L., J. H. Wang, S. Johnsen, P. Dukes, and K. J. Lohmann. “Responses of hatchling sea turtles to rotational displacements.” Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology 288, no. 1 (March 25, 2003): 111–24. Full Text

Johnsen, Sönke. “Cryptic and conspicuous coloration in the pelagic environment.Proceedings. Biological Sciences 269, no. 1488 (February 2002): 243–56. Full Text

Johnsen, S. “Hidden in plain sight: the ecology and physiology of organismal transparency.The Biological Bulletin 201, no. 3 (December 2001): 301–18. Full Text

Lohmann, K. J., and S. Johnsen. “The neurobiology of magnetoreception in vertebrate animals.Trends in Neurosciences 23, no. 4 (April 2000): 153–59. Full Text

Johnsen, S. “Transparent animals.Scientific American 282, no. 2 (February 2000): 80–89. Full Text