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Sonke Johnsen, Professor of Biology and Computational Media, Arts & Cultures and Faculty Network Member of Duke Institute for Brain Sciences and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society

Sonke Johnsen
Contact Info:
Office Location:  301 Bio Sci Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7321
Email Address: send me a message
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Teaching (Fall 2019):

    Bio Sci 155, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    (also cross-listed as NEUROSCI 427S.01)

Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill1996
B.A.Swarthmore College1988

Organismal Biology and Behavior
Ecology and Population Biology
fisheries and fish ecology
marine science

Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Eleanor Caves  
  • Kate Thomas  
  • Laura E. Bagge  
Postdocs Mentored

  • Christine Bedore (May 01, 2013 - present)  
  • Karin Akre (April 01, 2013 - present)  
  • Yakir Gagnon (November 1, 2010 - July 01, 2013)  
  • Sarah Zylinski (November 1, 2009 - September 15, 2012)  
  • Sandra Cooke (September 1, 2008 - July 15, 2012)  
  • Dina Leech (September 1, 2001 - March 1, 2003)  
Recent Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Zipple, MN; Caves, EM; Green, PA; Peters, S; Johnsen, S; Nowicki, S, Categorical colour perception occurs in both signalling and non-signalling colour ranges in a songbird., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 286 no. 1903 (May, 2019), pp. 20190524 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Marshall, NJ; Powell, SB; Cronin, TW; Caldwell, RL; Johnsen, S; Gruev, V; Chiou, T-HS; Roberts, NW; How, MJ, Polarisation signals: a new currency for communication., The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 222 no. Pt 3 (February, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Ritschard, EA; Fitak, RR; Simakov, O; Johnsen, S, Genomic signatures of G-protein-coupled receptor expansions reveal functional transitions in the evolution of cephalopod signal transduction., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 286 no. 1897 (February, 2019), pp. 20182929 [doi]  [abs]
  4. Foster, JJ; Kirwan, JD; El Jundi, B; Smolka, J; Khaldy, L; Baird, E; Byrne, MJ; Nilsson, D-E; Johnsen, S; Dacke, M, Orienting to polarized light at night - matching lunar skylight to performance in a nocturnal beetle., The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 222 no. Pt 2 (January, 2019) [doi]  [abs]
  5. Schweikert, LE; Fitak, RR; Caves, EM; Sutton, TT; Johnsen, S, Spectral sensitivity in ray-finned fishes: diversity, ecology and shared descent., The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 221 no. Pt 23 (November, 2018) [doi]  [abs]

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