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Katie Dunkley


Katie cripesIn September 2012 I graduated from Plymouth University with a BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology. My interest in fish behaviour stemmed from my undergraduate project where I investigated the territorial behaviour of an Indo-Pacific damselfish (Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus). Following a two-year break from research working as a teaching assistant, I completed a MSc in Animal Behaviour at the University of Exeter in September 2015. My masters project investigated how signalling influences shoaling decisions in Trinidadian guppies (Poecilia reticulata) and was supervised by Dr Robert Heathcote, Prof. Darren Croft and Dr Safi Darden (Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter).

Sharknose goby (Elacatinus evelynae) at a cleaning station on Booby Reef, Man-O-War Bay, Tobago.

Sharknose goby (Elacatinus evelynae) at a cleaning station on Booby Reef, Man-O-War Bay, Tobago.

In October 2015 I started my PhD which aims to investigate the interactions between reef fish and two species of cleaner fish (sharknose goby, Elacatinus evelynae, and juvenile French angelfish, Pomacanthus paru) on Booby Reef in the Man-O-War Bay, Tobago. Cleaner fish are an integral component of reef communities as they remove parasites and dead skin from other reef species (clients), influencing their health and behaviour. By investigating the daily interactions between cleaner fish and the wide diversity of their clients, our understanding on what shapes coral reef communities can be furthered. In turn, this may facilitate the implementation of more effective conservation strategies. My research is funded by the NERC (GW4+ DTP) and is supervised by Prof. Jo CableDr Sarah Perkins (Cardiff University), Dr Christos Ioannou (Bristol University) and Assoc. Prof. Ashley Ward (University of Sydney).



Location: Cardiff School of Biosciences, The Sir Martin Evans Building, Museum Avenue, Cardiff, CF10 3AX, Room: C7.07

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