Dr Karen Cheney

Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affilliate Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute
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Colour vision; mimicry; animal behaviour; marine organisms, colour patterns

PhD University of East Anglia

Research Associate, The University of Queensland


  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Manchester


  • Phillips, Genevieve A. C., How, Martin J., Lange, Julia E., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2017) Disruptive colouration in reef fish: does matching the background reduce predation risk?. Journal of Experimental Biology, 220 11: 1962-1974. doi:10.1242/jeb.151480

  • Forster, Louise C., Winters, Anne E., Cheney, Karen L., Dewapriya, Pradeep , Capon, Robert J. and Garson, Mary J. (2017) Spongian-16-one Diterpenes and their Anatomical Distribution in the Australian Nudibranch Goniobranchus collingwoodi. Journal of Natural Products, 80 3: 670-675. doi:10.1021/acs.jnatprod.6b00936

  • Casewell, Nicholas R., Visser, Jeroen C., Baumann, Kate, Dobson, James, Han, Han, Kuruppu, Sanjaya, Morgan, Michael, Romilio, Anthony, Weisbecker, Vera, Ali, Syed A., Debono, Jordan, Koludarov, Ivan, Que, Ivo, Bird, Gregory C., Cooke, Gavan M., Nouwens, Amanda, Hodgson, Wayne C., Wagstaff, Simon C., Cheney, Karen L., Vetter, Irina, van der Weerd, Louise, Richardson, Michael K. and Fry, Bryan G. (2017) The evolution of fangs, venom, and mimicry systems in blenny fishes. Current Biology, 27 8: 1184-1191. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.02.067

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Book Chapter

  • Marshall, Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2013). Vision and body colouration in marine invertebrates. In John S. Werner and Leo M. Chalupa (Ed.), The New Visual Neurosciences (pp. 1165-1178) Cambridge, MA, USA: MIT Press.

  • Marshall, N.J. and Cheney, K. (2011). Color vision and color communication in reef fish. In A. P. Farrell (Ed.), Encyclopedia of fish physiology: From genome to environment (pp. 150-158) San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press.

  • Cheney, Karen L. (2009). Interspecific relationships in blennies. In R. A. Patzner, E. Goncalves, P. Hastings and B. G. Kapoor (Ed.), The biology of blennies (pp. 379-494) Enfield, NH, United States: Science Publishers.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Mudianta, I. Wayan, White, Andrew M., Suciati, Katavic, Peter L., Krishnaraj, Rahul R., Winters, Anne E., Mollo, Ernesto, Cheney, Karen L. and Garson, Mary J. (2014). Chemoecological studies on marine natural products: terpene chemistry from marine mollusks. In: 44th IUPAC World Chemistry Congress: Clean Energy Through Chemistry. Invited Papers. IUPAC 2013: 44th World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, (995-1002). 11-16 August, 2013. doi:10.1515/pac-2013-1111

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

Completed Supervision