Roger Brothers

UNC Biology Ph.D. Graduate Student

E-mail: brotherj [at]


PhD Student in Biology
University of North Carolina; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Sensory Ecology International Postgraduate Course
– Lund University; Lund, Sweden
– Fall 2012

B.A. in Biology with Honors; Minor in Math
Bowdoin College; Brunswick, Maine
– 2011

Semester Abroad (Marine Biology)
– James Cook University; Townsville, Australia
– 2010

Research Interests

  • Animal navigation, natal homing, and long-distance migration
  • Sensory systems and sensory ecology
  • Behavior and physiology of marine animals
  • Computational and statistical analyses


Lavine, M., Brothers, J. R., Lohmann, K. J., and I. Lavine.  2016.  Sea Turtles: A Case of Animal Magnetism. Chance. 29: 4-9. [link to paper]

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. [Download pdf]   [BBC]   [Nature]  [National Geographic]  [Science]  [Los Angeles Times]  [The Scientist]

Lewbart, G. A., Hirschfeld, M., Brothers, J. R., Munoz-Perez, J. P., Denkinger, J., Vinueza, L., Garcia, J., and K. J. Lohmann.  2015.  Blood gases, biochemistry and haematology of Galapagos marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus).  Conservation Physiology 3 (1): cov034  (doi: 10.1093/conphys/cov034). [Download pdf]

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.

Awards and Honors

  • Marlene Zuk Award Finalist for “Best Student Paper,” SICB Division of Animal Behavior (2018)
  • UNC Royster Society Fellow (2017-2018)
  • UNC Graduate School Lovick P. Corn Dissertation Completion Fellowship (2017-2018)
  • Finalist: “Best Student Paper” competition, SICB Division of Animal Behavior (2017)
  • Off Campus Dissertation Research Fellowship, UNC Graduate School (2016)
  • Grad student-selected keynote speaker, UNC Biology Symposium (2015)
  • Charlotte Magnum Award, Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (2014)
  • Archie Carr Award for Best Talk, International Sea Turtle Symposium, Baltimore (2013)
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Fellowship, Bowdoin College (2010)

National Public Radio interview with Roger Brothers

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Last updated 01.02.2018