A/Prof. Karen Cheney

About Me

I spent a lot of my time underwater while pursuing a BSc Biology degree (hons) at Manchester University, UK, but learning to SCUBA dive in waters of Scotland and North Wales prompted me to find warmer waters. I achieved my PhD under the guidance of Dr. Isabelle Côte at University of East Anglia, UK on cleaning gobies in the Caribbean. After this I worked with Isabelle on cleaner wrasse mimicry and eventually this led to Australia on a Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship to work with Dr. Lexa Grutter and Prof. Justin Marshall at the University of Queensland, Brisbane.

Research Directions

I am interested in the evolution of colour signals in marine organisms, reef fish vision and fish behaviour.


1998 BSc University of Manchester, UK
2004 PhD The University of East Anglia, UK

2004 -2005 Royal Society Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Queensland, Australia
2005-2011 ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship, The University of Queensland, Australia
2011-2016  UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Australia
2016 –  Research Fellow, The University of Queensland, Australia


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