>> dr karen cheney
During my doctoral research at the Tropical Marine Ecology
Group at UEA, I have investigated interactions between cleaning gobies
and territorial damselfish, primarily to examine the costs and benefits
of visiting cleaning stations but also to attempt to understand causes
and consequences of cleanerfish distribution.
My study species for this work has been the Caribbean
cleaning goby (Elacatinus spp) and territorial damselfish, focussing particularly
on the longfin damselfish (Stegastes diencaeus).
Most of this work has been conducted in Barbados at the
Bellairs Research Station but I have also expanded this work to invesitgate
how costs and benefits of the interaction change spatially and temporally
with changing environmental factors such as ectoparasite availability.
This aspect of my work has taken me to other islands in the Caribbean
over the distributional range of these species, such as Tobago, Puerto
Rico, Virgin Islands, Grenada, Jamaica and Curacao.
In April 2004, I begin a 9-month NERC postdoctorate with my supervisor
Dr. Isabelle Cote, continuing our work on cleaner fish mimics.