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

Caves, Eleanor M., Tamara M. Frank, and Sönke Johnsen. “Spectral sensitivity, spatial resolution and temporal resolution and their implications for conspecific signalling in cleaner shrimp.The Journal of Experimental Biology 219, no. Pt 4 (February 2016): 597–608. Full Text Open Access Copy

Brandley, N., M. Johnson, and S. Johnsen. “Aposematic signals in North American black widows are more conspicuous to predators than to prey.” Behavioral Ecology 27, no. 4 (January 1, 2016): 1104–12. Full Text

Costello, M Joseph, Lisa A. Brennan, Ashik Mohamed, Kurt O. Gilliland, Sönke Johnsen, and Marc Kantorow. “Identification and Ultrastructural Characterization of a Novel Nuclear Degradation Complex in Differentiating Lens Fiber Cells.Plos One 11, no. 8 (2016): e0160785. Full Text

Bedore, Christine N., Stephen M. Kajiura, and Sönke Johnsen. “Freezing behaviour facilitates bioelectric crypsis in cuttlefish faced with predation risk.Proceedings. Biological Sciences 282, no. 1820 (December 2015): 20151886. Full Text Open Access Copy

Baldwin Fergus, Jamie L., Sönke Johnsen, and Karen J. Osborn. “A unique apposition compound eye in the mesopelagic hyperiid amphipod Paraphronima gracilis.Current Biology : Cb 25, no. 4 (February 2015): 473–78. Full Text

Palmer, Glenn, and Sönke Johnsen. “Downwelling spectral irradiance during evening twilight as a function of the lunar phase.Applied Optics 54, no. 4 (February 2015): B85–92. Full Text

Tedore, C., and S. Johnsen. “Visual mutual assessment of size in male Lyssomanes viridis jumping spider contests.” Behavioral Ecology 26, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 510–18. Full Text

Taniguchi, Darcy A. A., Yakir Gagnon, Benjamin R. Wheeler, Sönke Johnsen, and Jules S. Jaffe. “Cuttlefish Sepia officinalis Preferentially Respond to Bottom Rather than Side Stimuli When Not Allowed Adjacent to Tank Walls.Plos One 10, no. 10 (January 2015): e0138690. Full Text


Johnsen, S. “Minors or colors? Successful fashions for crypsis in the pelagic realm.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42:1251–1251. SOC INTEGRATIVE COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 2002.

Sweeney, A., C. Jiggins, and S. Johnsen. “Bio-optics and visual ecology of Heliconius color patterns.” In Integrative and Comparative Biology, 42:1321–1321. SOC INTEGRATIVE COMPARATIVE BIOLOGY, 2002.