Room 302, Biological Sciences Building
Durham, NC 27708
on CRAN (associated
BA, Biology, Pomona
MPhil, Zoology, University
of Cambridge (2012)
My research interests lie somewhere at the intersection
of vision, coevolution, and interspecies interaction. For
my dissertation, I’m examining the visual ecology of
the cleaner shrimp-client fish mutualism. In particular, I’m
interested in how visual signals may play a role in the evolution
of a mutualism that was initially a predator-prey relationship:
how do you evolve cooperation when one party could so easily
cheat and eat the other? Cleaner shrimp are beautiful animals
that display complex color patterns, but if and how those
color patterns function as intra- or inter-specific signals
is unknown. My current research focuses on the visual capabilities
of cleaner shrimp, how cleaners may use signals directed at
client fish to mediate cleaner-client interactions, and the
phylogenetics of cleaner shrimp and the evolution of cleaning
EM Caves and S Johnsen. 2017. AcuityView: An
r package for portraying the effects of visual acuity on scenes
observed by an animal. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
EM Caves, M Stevens, and CN Spottiswoode. 2017.
Does coevolution with a shared parasite drive hosts to partitiontheir
defences among species? Proceedings of the Royal Society
B. 284: 20170272. Duke
Press Release, The
EM Caves, TT Sutton, and S Johnsen. 2017. Visual
acuity in fish correlates with eye size and habitat. Journal
of Experimental Biology 220: 1586-1596.
EM Caves, TM Frank, and S Johnsen. 2016. Spectral
sensitivity, spatial resolution, and temporal resolution and
their implications for conspecific signalling in cleaner shrimp.
Journal of Experimental Biology 219: 597-608. Duke
Video Press Release
EM Caves, M Stevens, E Iverson, and CN Spottiswoode.
2015. Hosts of brood parasites have evolved egg visual signatures
with elevated information content. Proceedings of the
Royal Society B 282: 20150598. DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2015.0598
(cover article) Duke
EM Caves*, Jennings SB*, HilleRisLambers J,
Tewksbury JJ, Rogers HS. 2013. Natural Experiment Demonstrates
That Bird Loss Leads to Cessation of Dispersal of Native Seeds
from Intact to Degraded Forests. PLoS ONE 8(5): e65618.
doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0065618 (*co-first authors)