Dr Karen Cheney

Senior Research Fellow

Queensland Brain Institute


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


  • Cheney, Karen L. and Wilson, Nerida G. (2018) Nudibranchs. Current Biology : CB, 28 1: R4-R5. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.10.060

  • Mitchell, Laurie, Cheney, Karen L., Cortesi, Fabio, Marshall, N. Justin and Vorobyev, Misha (2017) Triggerfish uses chromaticity and lightness for object segregation. Royal Society Open Science, 4 12: 1-10. doi:10.1098/rsos.171440

  • White, Andrew M., Dao, Kathy, Vrubliauskas, Darius, Könst, Zef A., Pierens, Gregory K., Mándi, Attila, Andrews, Katherine T., Skinner-Adams, Tina S., Clarke, Mary E., Narbutas, Patrick T., Sim, Desmond C.-M., Cheney, Karen L., Kurtán, Tibor, Garson, Mary J. and Vanderwal, Christopher D. (2017) Catalyst-Controlled Stereoselective Synthesis Secures the Structure of the Antimalarial Isocyanoterpene Pustulosaisonitrile-1. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 82 24: 13313-13323. doi:10.1021/acs.joc.7b02421

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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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