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Ken Lohmann

Ken Lohmann

Charles P. Postelle, Jr. Distinguished Professor, Department of Biology, University of North Carolina
Ken Lohmann’s primary faculty appointment is in the Department of Biology. Dr. Lohmann does not accept graduate students through the Marine Sciences program.
(919) 962-1332
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Ph.D. University of Washington
M.S. University of Florida
B.S. Duke University

Research Interests

Geomagnetic imprinting and natal homing in sea turtles, salmon, and other long-distance ocean migrants
Use of Earth’s magnetic field in navigation by animals
The physics, neuroscience, and genes underlying magnetic field detection
Neuroethology and sensory ecology
Conservation physiology, biodiversity, and Galapagos megafauna

Selected Publications

Brothers, J. R. and K. J. Lohmann. 2015. Evidence for geomagnetic imprinting and magnetic navigation in the natal homing of sea turtles. Current Biology. 25: 392-396.

Lohmann, K. J. and D. A. Ernst. 2014. The geomagnetic sense of crustaceans and its use in orientation and navigation. In: Crustacean Nervous Systems and their Control of Behavior (editors: C. D. Derby and M. Thiel), pp. 321-336. Oxford University Press: New York, New York.

Putman, N. F., Lohmann, K. J., Putman, E. M., Quinn, T. P., Klimley, A. P., and D. L. G. Noakes. 2013. Evidence forgeomagnetic imprinting as a homing mechanism for Pacific salmon. Current Biology. 23: 312-316.

Lohmann, K. J., Lohmann, C. M. F., Brothers, J. R., and N. F. Putman. 2013. Natal homing and imprinting in sea turtles. In: The Biology of Sea Turtles (editors: J. Wyneken, K. J. Lohmann, and J. A. Musick), Vol. 3, pp. 59-77. CRC Press: Boca Raton, Florida.

Endres, C. S. and K. J. Lohmann. 2013. Detection of coastal mud odors by loggerhead sea turtles: a possible mechanism for sensing nearby land. Marine Biology.

Lohmann, K. J., Putman, N. F., and C. M. F. Lohmann. 2012. The magnetic map of hatchling loggerhead sea turtles. Current Opinion in Neurobiology. 22: 336-342.

Putman, N. F., Verley, P., Shay, T. J., and K. J. Lohmann. 2012. Simulating transoceanic migrations of young loggerhead sea turtles: merging magnetic navigation behavior with an ocean circulation model. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 1863-1870.

Endres, C. S. and K. J. Lohmann. 2012. Perception of dimethyl sulfide (DMS) by loggerhead sea turtles: a possible mechanism for locating high-productivity oceanic regions for foraging. Journal of Experimental Biology. 215: 3535-3538.

Fossette, S., Putman, N. F., Lohmann, K. J., Marsh, R., and G. C. Hays. 2012. A biologist’s guide to assessing ocean currents: a review. Marine Ecology Progress Series. 457: 285-301.

Putman, N. F., Endres, C. S., Lohmann, C. M. F., and K. J. Lohmann. 2011. Longitude perception and bicoordinate magnetic maps in sea turtles. Current Biology. 21: 463-466.