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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) 843-1902 for Coker Lab; (919) 962-8186 for Wilson Lab

Lohmann Lab Website


Galapagos Science Center
UNC Center for Galapagos Studies
Department of Marine Sciences
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

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) geomagnetic imprinting and natal homing in sea turtles and salmon; (4) applications of sensory ecology and movement ecology to conservation biology; (5) neuroethology of marine invertebrates; (6) marine megafauna of the Galapagos Islands.  Techniques used range from electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry,  electrophysiology, and transcriptomics 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.  For more information about our research group, click here.