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Sonke Johnsen, Professor of Biology

Sonke Johnsen
Contact Info:
Office Location:  BioSci: 301
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7321
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Fall 2018):

    Bio Sci 144, 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 M. 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. Caves, EM; Green, PA; Zipple, MN; Peters, S; Johnsen, S; Nowicki, S, Categorical perception of colour signals in a songbird., Nature, vol. 560 no. 7718 (August, 2018), pp. 365-367 [doi]  [abs]
  2. Dreyer, D; Frost, B; Mouritsen, H; G√ľnther, A; Green, K; Whitehouse, M; Johnsen, S; Heinze, S; Warrant, E, The Earth's Magnetic Field and Visual Landmarks Steer Migratory Flight Behavior in the Nocturnal Australian Bogong Moth., Current Biology : Cb, vol. 28 no. 13 (July, 2018), pp. 2160-2166.e5 [doi]  [abs]
  3. Fitak, RR; Johnsen, S, Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas) population history indicates important demographic changes near the mid-Pleistocene transition, Marine Biology, vol. 165 no. 7 (July, 2018) [doi]
  4. Fitak, RR; Schweikert, LE; Wheeler, BR; Ernst, DA; Lohmann, KJ; Johnsen, S, Near absence of differential gene expression in the retina of rainbow trout after exposure to a magnetic pulse: implications for magnetoreception., Biology Letters, vol. 14 no. 6 (June, 2018) [doi]  [abs]
  5. Caves, EM; Green, PA; Johnsen, S, Mutual visual signalling between the cleaner shrimp Ancylomenes pedersoni and its client fish., Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, vol. 285 no. 1881 (June, 2018) [doi]  [abs]

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