Dr Karen Cheney

ARC Future Fellow

School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science
k.cheney@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 57071

Overview

I have a strong interest in the evolution of animal colour patterns, particularly on what they are used for and how they are perceived. I use a variety of lab and field techniques, including behavioural experiments, spectrophotometry, theoretical visual modelling, and colour pattern measurements. I focus mainly on marine fish and invertebrates, including triggerfish, clownfish and brightly coloured nudibranch molluscs. I also collaborate with chemists to understands how compounds are stored by nudibranchs and used for defensive purposes.

Qualifications

  • Graduate Certificate in Higher Eduucation, The University of Queensland
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of East Anglia
  • Bachelor of Science (Honours), The University of Manchester

Publications

  • Cheney, Karen L., Green, Naomi F., Vibert, Alexander P., Vorobyev, Misha, Marshall, N. Justin, Osorio, Daniel C. and Endler, John A. (2019). An Ishihara-style test of animal colour vision. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 222 (1) jeb189787, doi:10.1242/jeb.189787

  • Marshall, N.J., Cortesi, F., De Busserolles, F., Siebeck, U.E. and Cheney, K.L. (2018). Colours and colour vision in reef fishes: past, present and future research directions. Journal of Fish Biology, 95 (1) jfb.13849, 5-38. doi:10.1111/jfb.13849

  • Green, Naomi F., Urquhart, Holly H., van den Berg, Cedric P., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L (2018). Pattern edges improve predator learning of aposematic signals. Behavioral Ecology, 29 (6) 1481-1486. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary089

  • Winters, Anne E., Wilson, Nerida G., van den Berg, Cedric P., How, Martin J., Endler, John A., Marshall, N. Justin, White, Andrew M., Garson, Mary J. and Cheney, Karen L. (2018). Toxicity and taste: unequal chemical defences in a mimicry ring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285 (1880) 20180457, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0457

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

  • 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) 20170926, doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0926

  • 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

  • Giordano, Giuseppe, Carbone, Marianna, Ciavatta, Maria Letizia, Silvano, Eleonora, Gavagnin, Margherita, Garson, Mary J., Cheney, Karen L., Mudianta, I Wayan, Russo, Giovanni Fulvio, Villani, Guido, Magliozzi, Laura, Polese, Gianluca, Zidorn, Christian, Cutignano, Adele, Fontana, Angelo, Ghiselin, Michael T. and Mollo, Ernesto (2017). Volatile secondary metabolites as aposematic olfactory signals and defensive weapons in aquatic environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (13) 3451-3456. doi:10.1073/pnas.1614655114

  • Newport, Cait, Green, Naomi F., McClure, Eva C. , Osorio, Daniel C., Vorobyev, Misha, Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2017). Fish use colour to learn compound visual signals. Animal Behaviour, 12593-100. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.003

  • Simpson, Elisha E., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2016). Coral reef fish perceive lightness illusions. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) 35335, 35335.1-35335.5. doi:10.1038/srep35335

  • Cheney, Karen L., White, Andrew, Mudianta, I. Wayan, Winters, Anne E., Quezada, Michelle, Capon, Robert J., Mollo, Ernesto and Garson, Mary J. (2016). Choose your weaponry: selective storage of a single toxic compound, Latrunculin A, by closely related nudibranch molluscs. PLoS One, 11 (1) A1222, 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145134

  • Cortesi, Fabio, Feeney, William E., Ferrari, Maud C. O., Waldie, Peter A., Phillips, Genevieve A. C., McClure, Eva C., Skold, Helen N., Salzburger, Walter, Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2015). Phenotypic Plasticity Confers Multiple Fitness Benefits to a Mimic. Current Biology, 25 (7) 949-954. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.013

  • Cortesi, Fabio, Musilová, Zuzana, Stieb, Sara M., Hart, Nathan S., Siebeck, Ulrike E., Malmstrøm, Martin, Tørresen, Ole K., Jentoft, Sissel, Cheney, Karen L., Marshall, N. Justin, Carleton, Karen L. and Salzburger, Walter (2015). Ancestral duplications and highly dynamic opsin gene evolution in percomorph fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 (5) 1493-1498. doi:10.1073/pnas.1417803112

  • Cheney, Karen L., Newport, Cait, McClure, Eva C. and Marshall, N. Justin (2013). Colour vision and response bias in a coral reef fish. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216 (15) 2967-2973. doi:10.1242/jeb.087932

  • Cheney, Karen L., Grutter, Alexandra S., Blomberg, Simon P. and Marshall, N. Justin (2009). Blue and yellow signal cleaning behaviour in coral reef fishes. Current Biology, 19 (15) 1283-1287. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.06.028

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Cheney, Karen L., Green, Naomi F., Vibert, Alexander P., Vorobyev, Misha, Marshall, N. Justin, Osorio, Daniel C. and Endler, John A. (2019). An Ishihara-style test of animal colour vision. The Journal of Experimental Biology, 222 (1) jeb189787, doi:10.1242/jeb.189787

  • Marshall, N.J., Cortesi, F., De Busserolles, F., Siebeck, U.E. and Cheney, K.L. (2018). Colours and colour vision in reef fishes: past, present and future research directions. Journal of Fish Biology, 95 (1) jfb.13849, 5-38. doi:10.1111/jfb.13849

  • Green, Naomi F., Urquhart, Holly H., van den Berg, Cedric P., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L (2018). Pattern edges improve predator learning of aposematic signals. Behavioral Ecology, 29 (6) 1481-1486. doi:10.1093/beheco/ary089

  • Winters, Anne E., Wilson, Nerida G., van den Berg, Cedric P., How, Martin J., Endler, John A., Marshall, N. Justin, White, Andrew M., Garson, Mary J. and Cheney, Karen L. (2018). Toxicity and taste: unequal chemical defences in a mimicry ring. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 285 (1880) 20180457, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0457

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

  • 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) 20170926, doi:10.1098/rspb.2017.0926

  • 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

  • Giordano, Giuseppe, Carbone, Marianna, Ciavatta, Maria Letizia, Silvano, Eleonora, Gavagnin, Margherita, Garson, Mary J., Cheney, Karen L., Mudianta, I Wayan, Russo, Giovanni Fulvio, Villani, Guido, Magliozzi, Laura, Polese, Gianluca, Zidorn, Christian, Cutignano, Adele, Fontana, Angelo, Ghiselin, Michael T. and Mollo, Ernesto (2017). Volatile secondary metabolites as aposematic olfactory signals and defensive weapons in aquatic environments. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 114 (13) 3451-3456. doi:10.1073/pnas.1614655114

  • Newport, Cait, Green, Naomi F., McClure, Eva C. , Osorio, Daniel C., Vorobyev, Misha, Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2017). Fish use colour to learn compound visual signals. Animal Behaviour, 12593-100. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2017.01.003

  • Simpson, Elisha E., Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2016). Coral reef fish perceive lightness illusions. Scientific Reports, 6 (1) 35335, 35335.1-35335.5. doi:10.1038/srep35335

  • Cheney, Karen L., White, Andrew, Mudianta, I. Wayan, Winters, Anne E., Quezada, Michelle, Capon, Robert J., Mollo, Ernesto and Garson, Mary J. (2016). Choose your weaponry: selective storage of a single toxic compound, Latrunculin A, by closely related nudibranch molluscs. PLoS One, 11 (1) A1222, 1-16. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0145134

  • Cortesi, Fabio, Feeney, William E., Ferrari, Maud C. O., Waldie, Peter A., Phillips, Genevieve A. C., McClure, Eva C., Skold, Helen N., Salzburger, Walter, Marshall, N. Justin and Cheney, Karen L. (2015). Phenotypic Plasticity Confers Multiple Fitness Benefits to a Mimic. Current Biology, 25 (7) 949-954. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.02.013

  • Cortesi, Fabio, Musilová, Zuzana, Stieb, Sara M., Hart, Nathan S., Siebeck, Ulrike E., Malmstrøm, Martin, Tørresen, Ole K., Jentoft, Sissel, Cheney, Karen L., Marshall, N. Justin, Carleton, Karen L. and Salzburger, Walter (2015). Ancestral duplications and highly dynamic opsin gene evolution in percomorph fishes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112 (5) 1493-1498. doi:10.1073/pnas.1417803112

  • Cheney, Karen L., Newport, Cait, McClure, Eva C. and Marshall, N. Justin (2013). Colour vision and response bias in a coral reef fish. Journal of Experimental Biology, 216 (15) 2967-2973. doi:10.1242/jeb.087932

  • Cheney, Karen L., Grutter, Alexandra S., Blomberg, Simon P. and Marshall, N. Justin (2009). Blue and yellow signal cleaning behaviour in coral reef fishes. Current Biology, 19 (15) 1283-1287. doi:10.1016/j.cub.2009.06.028

Book Chapter

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

  • Marshall, N.J. and Cheney, K. (2011). Color vision and color communication in reef fish. Encyclopedia of fish physiology: From genome to environment. (pp. 150-158) edited by A. P. Farrell.San Diego, CA, United States: Academic Press. doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-374553-8.00095-2

  • Cheney, Karen L. (2009). Interspecific relationships in blennies. The Biology of Blennies. (pp. 379-404) edited by . CRC Press. doi:10.1201/b10301

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

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Pimentel-Elardo, Sheila, Cheney, Karen, Garson, Mary and Nodwell, Justin (2020). Bugs from slugs: Exploring the bacterial Ddversity of Nudibranchs by metagenomics. XVI International Symposium on Marine Natural Products|XI European Conference on Marine Natural Products, Peniche, Portugal, September 1-5, 2019. Basel, Switzerland :MDPI. doi: 10.3390/md18010040

  • Forster, Louise C., Pierens, Gregory K., Cheney, Karen L. and Garson, Mary J. (2020). Inconspicuous carbon NMR signals and fluxional effects complicate the structural elucidation of Noriterpenes from Goniobranchus coi. XVI International Symposium on Marine Natural Products|XI European Conference on Marine Natural Products, Peniche, Portugal, September 1-5, 2019. Basel, Switzerland :MDPI. doi: 10.3390/md18010040

  • Chan, Weili, Garson, Mary J. and Cheney, Karen L. (2020). The chemical ecology of Chromodoris Nudibranchs. XVI International Symposium on Marine Natural Products|XI European Conference on Marine Natural Products, Peniche, Portugal, September 1-5, 2019. Basel, Switzerland :MDPI. doi: 10.3390/md18010040

  • 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. IUPAC 2013: 44th World Chemistry Congress, Istanbul, Turkey, 11-16 August, 2013. Berlin, Germany :Walter de Gruyter. doi: 10.1515/pac-2013-1111

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

Completed Supervision