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

Mohamed, Ashik, Kurt O. Gilliland, Sangeetha Metlapally, Sönke Johnsen, and M Joseph Costello. “Simple fixation and storage protocol for preserving the internal structure of intact human donor lenses and extracted human nuclear cataract specimens.Mol Vis 19 (2013): 2352–59.

Brandley, N. C., D. I. Speiser, and S. Johnsen. “Eavesdropping on visual secrets.” Evolutionary Ecology, 2013, 1–24.

Johnsen, Sönke, Tamara M. Frank, Steven H. D. Haddock, Edith A. Widder, and Charles G. Messing. “Light and vision in the deep-sea benthos: I. Bioluminescence at 500-1000 m depth in the Bahamian islands.The Journal of Experimental Biology 215, no. Pt 19 (October 2012): 3335–43. Full Text

Frank, Tamara M., Sönke Johnsen, and Thomas W. Cronin. “Light and vision in the deep-sea benthos: II. Vision in deep-sea crustaceans.The Journal of Experimental Biology 215, no. Pt 19 (October 2012): 3344–53. Full Text

Costello, M Joseph, Alain Burette, Mariko Weber, Sangeetha Metlapally, Kurt O. Gilliland, W Craig Fowler, Ashik Mohamed, and Sönke Johnsen. “Electron tomography of fiber cell cytoplasm and dense cores of multilamellar bodies from human age-related nuclear cataracts.Exp Eye Res 101 (August 2012): 72–81. Full Text

Baldwin, Jamie, and Sönke Johnsen. “The male blue crab, Callinectes sapidus, uses both chromatic and achromatic cues during mate choice.The Journal of Experimental Biology 215, no. Pt 7 (April 2012): 1184–91. Full Text

Nilsson, Dan-Eric, Eric J. Warrant, Sönke Johnsen, Roger Hanlon, and Nadav Shashar. “A unique advantage for giant eyes in giant squid.Current Biology : Cb 22, no. 8 (April 2012): 683–88. Full Text

Tedore, Cynthia, and Sönke Johnsen. “Weaponry, color, and contest success in the jumping spider Lyssomanes viridis.Behavioural Processes 89, no. 3 (March 2012): 203–11. Full Text

Johnsen, S. “The optics of life: A biologist's guide to light in nature.” The Optics of Life: A Biologist’S Guide to Light in Nature, January 19, 2012.