Dr Barbara Cheney

Dr Barbara Cheney
Dr Barbara Cheney
Dr Barbara Cheney

Advanced Research Fellow

Email Address
Office Address

The Lighthouse Field Station

University of Aberdeen

George Street


Ross-shire IV11 8YL

School of Biological Sciences


I am a research fellow in the School of Biological Sciences, based at the University's Lighthouse Field Station, where I manage our long-term bottlenose dolphin individual based study.

My current research interest centres on the use and development of techniques, including photo-ID, photogrammetry and acoustics, to study aspects of individual marine mammals to inform ecology and conservation.


  • PhD Ecology 
    2017 - University of Aberdeen 

    Temporal variation in the demographics and dynamics of a bottlenose dolphin population.

  • BSc Marine Biology 
    2004 - University of Aberdeen 
  • BA Business Studies 
    1992 - Glasgow Caledonian University 

Latest Publications

  • Dolphin social phenotypes vary in response to food availability but not atmospheric conditions

    Fisher, D., Cheney, B.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Dolphin social phenotypes vary in response to food availability but not climate

    Fisher, D., Cheney, B.
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • A deep learning approach to photo–identification demonstrates high performance on two dozen cetacean species

    Patton, P. T., Cheeseman, T., Abe, K., Yamaguchi, T., Reade, W., Southerland, K., Howard, A., Oleson, E. M., Allen, J. B., Ashe, E., Athayde, A., Baird, R. W., Basran, C., Cabrera, E., Calambokidis, J., Cardoso, J., Carroll, E. L., Cesario, A., Cheney, B. J., Corsi, E., Currie, J., Durban, J. W., Falcone, E. A., Fearnbach, H., Flynn, K., Franklin, T., Franklin, W., Galletti Vernazzani, B., Genov, T., Hill, M., Johnston, D. R., Keene, E. L., Mahaffy, S. D., McGuire, T. L., McPherson, L., Meyer, C., Michaud, R., Miliou, A., Orbach, D. N., Pearson, H. C., Rasmussen, M. H., Rayment, W. J., Rinaldi, C., Rinaldi, R., Siciliano, S., Stack, S., Tintore, B., Torres, L. G., Towers, J. R., Trotter, C., Tyson Moore, R., Weir, C. R., Wellard, R., Wells, R., Yano, K. M., Zaeschmar, J. R., Bejder, L.
    Methods in Ecology and Evolution
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Variation in foraging activity influences area-restricted search behaviour by bottlenose dolphins

    Fernandez Betelu, O., Iorio-Merlo, V., Graham, I., Cheney, B., Prentice, S., Cheng, X., Thompson, P.
    Royal Society Open Science, vol. 10, no. 6, 221613
    Contributions to Journals: Articles
  • Towards Automatic Cetacean Photo-Identification: A Framework for Fine-Grain, Few-Shot Learning in Marine Ecology

    Trotter, C., Wright, N., McGough, A. S., Sharpe, M., Cheney, B., Civil, M. A., Moore, R. T., Allen, J., Berggren, P.
    Chapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Conference Proceedings

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Research Overview

The Lighthouse Field Station research aims to study how natural and anthropogenic variation affects the behaviour, life history and vital rates of marine top predators. I manage our long-term individual based study of bottlenose dolphins on the east coast of Scotland. My current research focuses on the application of individual based studies in marine mammal conservation and I am specifically interested in the use and development of techniques to study the ecology of individual marine mammals.

Research Areas

Biological and Environmental Sciences

Research Specialisms

  • Ecology
  • Marine Biology
  • Population Biology
  • Population Ecology

Our research specialisms are based on the Higher Education Classification of Subjects (HECoS) which is HESA open data, published under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence.


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