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, Kurt O. Gilliland, Christopher D. Freel, and W Craig Fowler. “Predicted light scattering from particles observed in human age-related nuclear cataracts using mie scattering theory.Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci 48, no. 1 (January 2007): 303–12. Full Text

Sweeney, A., S. H. D. Haddock, and S. Johnsen. “Comparative visual acuity of coleoid cephalopods.” Integrative and Comparative Biology 47, no. 808–814 (2007).

Gagnon, Y. L., N. Shashar, E. J. Warrant, and S. Johnsen. “Light scattering from pelagic zooplankton: measurements at different angles and modeling corresponding sighting distances.” Journal of Experimental Biology 210 (2007): 3728–35.

Leech, D. M., and S. Johnsen. “Ultraviolet vision and foraging in juvenile bluegill (Lepomis macrochirus).” Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63, no. 10 (October 1, 2006): 2183–90. Full Text

Tuthill, John C., and Sönke Johnsen. “Polarization sensitivity in the red swamp crayfish Procambarus clarkii enhances the detection of moving transparent objects.The Journal of Experimental Biology 209, no. Pt 9 (May 2006): 1612–16. Full Text

Johnsen, Sönke, Almut Kelber, Eric Warrant, Alison M. Sweeney, Edith A. Widder, Raymond L. Lee, and Javier Hernández-Andrés. “Crepuscular and nocturnal illumination and its effects on color perception by the nocturnal hawkmoth Deilephila elpenor.The Journal of Experimental Biology 209, no. Pt 5 (March 2006): 789–800. Full Text

Leech, D. M., and S. Johnsen. “UV vision and the Feeding Ecology of Juvenile Bluegill Sunfish, Lepomis machrochirus.Canadian Journal of Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences 63 (2006): 2183–90.

Johnsen, Sönke, and Kenneth J. Lohmann. “The physics and neurobiology of magnetoreception.Nature Reviews. Neuroscience 6, no. 9 (September 2005): 703–12. Full Text

Johnsen, Sönke. “The red and the black: bioluminescence and the color of animals in the deep sea.Integrative and Comparative Biology 45, no. 2 (April 2005): 234–46. Full Text

Weissburg, M. J., H. I. Browman, D. M. Fields, J. M. Hemmi, J. Zeil, D. M. Higgs, S. Johnsen, et al. “Sensory biology: Linking the internal and external ecologies of marine organisms.” Marine Ecology Progress Series 287 (February 18, 2005): 263–307. Full Text