Lab Members

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PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR

Dr. Karen Cheney

Karen is the Principal Investigator in the School of Biological Sciences, UQ. We closely collaborate with members of Prof. Justin Marshall’s lab in Queensland Brain Institute, also at UQ. Student supervision is split between Karen, Justin, Dr. Fabio Cortesi and Fanny in various ratios.


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Postdoctoral Researcher
Naomi Green

Naomi investigates the visual systems of triggerfish and conducts behavioural trials to understanding animal perception.

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Cedric van den Berg

Cedric is developing quantitative methods to analyse animal colour patterns and is interested in the function and evolution of warning signals in nudibranch molluscs.

Postdoctoral Researcher
Martin Luehrmann

Martin completed his PhD investigating the visual ecology of cardinal fish. He is currently working with us as a senior research assistant.

ARC Decra Research Fellow
Dr. JP Hobbs

Dr JP Hobbs has recently arrived at UQ to continue his research, looking at human impacts on the evolution of coral reef fishes – particularly clownfish.


PhD Student
Valerio Tettamanti

Valerio has just commenced his PhD and is based in QBI. He is working on the molecular genetics of clownfish visual systems.

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PhD Student
Laurie Mitchell

Laurie is investigating the visual system and ecology of anemone fish. He is also using CRISPR/CAS9 to understand the molecular genetics of opsin proteins.

PhD Student
Weili Chan

Weili is studying the chemical ecology of nudibranchs with the aim of understanding how they use certain compounds for protection against predators.

PhD Student
Louise Forster

Louise is investigating the chemical defences of nudibranchs and is based in the School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences.


Honours Student
Abigail Shaughnessy

Abigail is a current Honours student that is aiming to use both behavioural experiments and molecular techniques to characterise the visual system of boxfish.

Honours Student
Amelia Phelan

Amelia is a current Honours student that is conducting behavioural experiments with clownfish using novel LED stimuli display methodology to understand more about their visual capabilities.


Former PhD students


Former Masters, Honours, and Intern students