Clayton Vondriska

University of Miami, 2021 – Present

Dissertation: Sensory morphology and ecology of fish-parasitic gnathiid isopods in coral reef systems.

Bio: Clay received his Master’s in Biology at Arkansas State University working with the Sikkel Lab investigating the chemical ecology of parasitic gnathiid isopods in the Caribbean. Prior to that, Clay received his Bachelor’s in Zoology from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. There he researched the behavior of cleaner organisms and client reef fishes with Drs. Meg Daly and Ben Titus. At OSU, Clay also worked with ATMAR in Puerto Rico conducting sea turtle surveys. His current research interests include studying the behavior and ecology of symbiotic relationships.


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(8) Vondriska, C, Sikkel, PC (2023) Assessment of a new olfactometer for study of sensory ecology in small aquatic organisms. Limnology and Oceanography: Methods.

(7) Stroud, HB, Vondriska, C (2022) Correcting mistakes of the past: A western Everglades ecosystem example. Pennsylvania Geographer. 59(2):1-18

(6) Rose, A, Titus, BM, Romain, J, Vondriska, C, Exton, DA (2020) Multiple cleaner species provide simultaneous services to coral reef fish clients. Biology Letters. 16(12):20200723.

(5) Romain, JJ, Exton, DA, Smith, DJ, Rose, A, Vondriska, C, Titus, BM (2020) Comparative cleaning behaviour of Pederson’s cleaner shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) between geographically close yet ecologically dissimilar coral reef habitats. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. 100:1093-1106.

(4) Nicholson, MD, Hendrick, GC, Packard, AJ, Strobel, DL, Vondriska, C, Sikkel, PC (2020) Vertical limits of host exploitation by fish-parasitic gnathiid isopods on Caribbean coral reefs. Journal of Crustacean Biology. 40(6):866-871.

(3) Vondriska, C, Dixson, DL, Packard, AJ, Sikkel, PC (2020) Differentially susceptible host fishes exhibit similar chemo-attractiveness to a common coral reef ectoparasite. Symbiosis. 81(3):247-253.

(2) Titus, BM, Daly, M, Vondriska, C, Hamilton, I, Exton, DA (2019) Lack of strategic service provisioning by Pederson’s cleaner shrimp (Ancylomenes pedersoni) highlights independent evolution of cleaning behaviors between Caribbean and Indo-Pacific reef systems. Scientific Reports. 9(1):629.

(1) Titus, BM, Vondriska, C, Daly, M (2017) Comparative cleaning observations demonstrate the ‘cleaner’ shrimp Periclimenes yucatanicus engages in true symbiotic cleaning interactions. Royal Society Open Science. 4(4):170078.