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Kenneth J. Lohmann

Charles P. Postelle, Jr. Distinguished Professor

Contact Information

Office: 403 Coker Hall
Email: klohmann[at]
Office Phone: (919) 843-4508
Lab Phone: (919) 962-8186

Lohmann Lab Website


Department of Marine Sciences
Advisory Board, Galapagos Science Center
Fellow, Center for Galapagos Studies
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, Royal Institute of Navigation (U.K.)

Research Description

Our lab group is interested in the behavior, sensory biology, neuroethology, and conservation of marine animals. Topics of particular interest include: (1) the navigation of long-distance ocean migrants such as sea turtles, salmon, spiny lobsters, and elephant seals; (2) magnetic field perception, magnetic maps, and use of the Earth’s magnetic field in animal navigation; (3) natal homing and the geomagnetic imprinting hypothesis in sea turtles and salmon; (4) applications of sensory ecology and movement ecology to conservation biology; (5) neurobiology, behavior, and physiology of marine invertebrates; (6) marine ecosystems and animal health in the Galapagos Islands.  Techniques used range from electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, and electrophysiology to behavioral studies, oceanographic modeling, and field studies in the ocean. Whenever possible, we favor innovative approaches that cut across traditional academic boundaries and combine elements from disparate fields.