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Lohmann, Kenneth J.

Charles P. Postelle, Jr. Distinguished Professor

Affiliations: 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.)
403 Coker Hall
(919) 843-4508 (office)

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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.