Cedric van den Berg


Cedric van den Berg (PhD student)


Cedric’s research focuses on the study of the function, design and evolution of animal colouration, specifically investigating colour pattern geometry and function in nudibranch mollusks. To do that he is am combining state-of-the-art underwater photography, behavioural data, imaging software and colour pattern analysis in an attempt to create a comprehensive approach towards the quantification and qualification of animal colour pattern design, function and evolution. This research is enabled by an international team of experts in visual ecology from across different institutes, states and countries all over the world.

He also engages in citizen science projects where he tries to support efforts to care for the marine environment using my skills as a scientific diver and photographer.

Supervisors: Dr Karen Cheney, Prof N. Justin Marshall, Prof John A. Endler, Dr Simone Blomberg


Testing a prototype camera system






Monique G.G. Grol, Julie Vercelloni, Tania M. Kenyon, Elisa Bayraktarov, Cedric P. van den Berg, Daniel Haris, Jennifer A. Loder, Morana Mihaljević, Phebe I. Rowland, Chris M. Roelfsema, Citizen scientists highlight conservation value of a small subtropical reef, Flinders Reef, southeast Queensland, Australia. Marine and Freshwater Research (accepted).

Carmen RB da Silva, Cedric P. van den Berg, Nicolas D Condon, Cynthia Riginos, Robbie S Wilson, Karen L Cheney, Intertidal gobies acclimate rate of luminance change for background matching with shifts in seasonal temperature. Functional Ecology (submitted)

Cedric P. van den Berg, Jolyon Troscianko, John A. Endler, N. Justin Marshall, Karen L. Cheney, Quantitative Colour Pattern Analysis (QCPA): A Comprehensive Framework for the Analysis of Colour Patterns in Nature. Methods in Ecology and Evolution (in review)

Winters, A. E., Wilson, N. G., van den Berg, C. P., How, M. J., Garson, M. J., Endler. J. A., Marshall, N. J., & Cheney, K. L. (2018) Toxicity and taste: unequal chemical defences in a mimicry ring. Proceedings of Royal Society of London, B-Biological Sciences, 285 (1880): 20180457.

Green, N. F., Urquhart, H. H., van den Berg, C. P., Marshall, N. J., Cheney, K. L. (2018) Pattern edges improve predator learning of aposematic signals. Behavioral Ecology, 29 (6): 1481-1486, doi.org/10.1093/beheco/


Personal webpage here

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