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Genevieve Phillips

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Position
PhD Candidate

Current research
How did the coral trout get its spots? The function of coral reef fish colour and patterns in predator-prey interactions.

Supervisors: Prof. Justin Marshall (QBI, UQ) & Dr. Karen Cheney (SOBS, UQ)coraltrout

Research Interest: I am interested in the evolution of colour patterns and reef fish visual ecology in relation to predator-prey interactions. My PhD will focus on behavioural experiments, retinal topography and spectrophotometry to further understand predator-prey dynamics in coral reef fish, using the coral trout, Plectropomus leopardus; slingjaw wrasse, Ebibulus insidiator and lizardfish, Synodus varigatus as key predators and damselfish (Pomacentridae) as prey species. Picasso triggerfish Rhinecanthus aculeatus will also be used to determine the relative importance of various aspects of colour patterns in predation situations.

Click here to read more about the project:
How did the coral trout get its spots?

Contact
g.phillips2@uq.edu.au

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Postgrad Room, B211
Ritchie Research Laboratories
Sensory Neurobiology Group (formally Vision Touch and Hearing Research Centre)
Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072
Australia

Education
2011-Present: PhD Candidate at the University of Queensland

2009-2010: MRes Ecology and Environmental Management at the University of York

2004-2007: Bachelor of Science (Hons) Zoology at the University of Bristol, UK

Publications
to be updated soon. . .

 

Awards and Fellowships
2011-2014: University of Queensland International (UQI) PhD Scholarship - Queensland Brain Institute (Tuition and stipend)

2009-2010: Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Masters Studentship (Tuition and stipend)

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Last updated: March 2012 by Eva McClure

Queensland Brain Institute
University of Queensland
Brisbane Queensland 4072 Australia