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, 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

Widder, E. A., and S. Johnsen. “3D spatial point patterns of bioluminescent plankton: A map of the 'mine field'.” Journal of Plankton Research 22, no. 3 (January 1, 2000): 409–20. Full Text

Johnsen, S., and W. M. Kier. “Shade-seeking behaviour under polarized light by the brittlestar Ophioderma brevispinum (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea).” Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 79, no. 4 (August 1, 1999): 761–63. Full Text

Widder, E. A., S. Johnsen, S. A. Bernstein, J. F. Case, and D. J. Neilson. “Thin layers of bioluminescent copepods found at density discontinuities in the water column.” Marine Biology 134, no. 3 (August 1, 1999): 429–37. Full Text

Johnsen, S., and E. A. Widder. “The physical basis of transparency in biological tissue: Ultrastructure and the minimization of light scattering.” Journal of Theoretical Biology 199, no. 2 (July 21, 1999): 181–98. Full Text