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Sonke Johnsen, Professor of Biology

Sonke Johnsen
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Office Location:  BioSci: 301
Office Phone:  (919) 660-7321
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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. 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]
  2. Schweikert, LE; Caves, EM; Solie, SE; Sutton, TT; Johnsen, S, Variation in rod spectral sensitivity of fishes is best predicted by habitat and depth., Journal of Fish Biology (November, 2018) [doi]  [abs]
  3. Fitak, RR; Caves, EM; Johnsen, S, Orientation in Pill Bugs: An Interdisciplinary Activity to Engage Students in Concepts of Biology, Physics & Circular Statistics, The American Biology Teacher, vol. 80 no. 8 (October, 2018), pp. 608-618, University of California Press [doi]  [abs]
  4. 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]
  5. 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]

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