Sea Turtle Hatchling Orientation from Nest to Ocean

Researcher

Ken Lohmann (center)
Robert Kotran

Dr. Kenneth J. Lohmann

Ken and Cathy Lohmann are biology professors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where they have studied sea turtles together for many years. Ken Lohmann grew up in Indiana, where he spent much of his childhood collecting reptiles and amphibians and keeping them alive in aquaria in his bedroom. This interest eventually led to science fair projects in which he studied the sounds that frogs produce and the role of vocal communication in frog behavior.

Later, he earned an undergraduate degree in zoology at Duke University, followed by a master's degree at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. at the University of Washington. His primary research interests are in the behavior, sensory biology, and conservation of marine animals, especially sea turtles.

You can contact Ken at: klohmann@email.unc.edu