PhD Student 

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I am a PhD student at the University of Queensland School of Biological Sciences, under the supervision of Karen Cheney, Justin Marshall and Katrina Mcguigan. During honours and my PhD I have been investigating fish colour vision and predator psychology using a model coral reef predator- the Picasso triggerfish, Rhinecanthus aculeatus.

 

I have been using behavioural experiments to test how the Picasso triggerfish learn to avoid the warning signals of toxic Chromodorid nudibranchs and which components of the patterns they pay attention to when generalising to mimic signals. I have also been using experiments similar to the Ishihara tests used to diagnose colour blindness in humans to test colour vision in these fish. In particular, to test the predictions of the Vorobyev-Osorio Noise Limited model for predicting the discriminability of colours throughout colour space.

 

2009 Bach. of Nursing, Griffith University, AUSTRALIA
2014 BSc with Honours 1A, Major in Ecology, University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
2015 Commenced PhD, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA

 

2015 – 2015 Research Assistant, Cheney Lab, University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
2009 – Present Perioperative Nurse: Scrub/scout, anaesthetics and post-operative care unit, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital (previously Royal Children’s Hospital), Brisbane, AUSTRALIA


 

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