Dr Karen Cheney

Research Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

Affilliate Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute
+61 7 336 57386


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


  • Grutter, A. S., de Brauwer, M., Bshary, R., Cheney, K. L., Cribb, T. H., Madin, E. M.P., McClure, E. C., Meekan, M. G., Sun, D., Warner, R. R., Werminghausen, J. and Sikkel, P. C. (2017) Parasite infestation increases on coral reefs without cleaner fish. Coral Reefs, . doi:10.1007/s00338-017-1628-z

  • Cheney, Karen L., Cortesi, Fabio and Nilsson Sköld, Helen (2017) Regulation, constraints and benefits of colour plasticity in a mimicry system. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 122 2: 385-393. doi:10.1093/biolinnean/blx057

  • Winters, Anne E., Green, Naomi F., Wilson, Nerida G., How, Martin J., Garson, Mary J., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2017) Stabilizing selection on individual pattern elements of aposematic signals. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 284 1861: . doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0926

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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

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