Within my contributions to the field of nutritional ecology, I have been developing novel techniques to translate and expand well-established laboratory-based nutritional concepts using nutritional geometry to a challenging field-based approach using free-ranging organisms. The foundations of this work are reflected in frameworks for research in nutritional ecology in marine and terrestrial environments.
In order to better understand foraging decisions in free-ranging animals, I pioneered work linking cutting-edge miniaturize cameras and GPS developed by an engineering team under my lead. With collaborators and students, we deployed cameras in free-ranging (e.g. kangaroos, seabirds and dolphins) and semi-captive species (e.g. dogs and cows).
This project includes work that established a benchmark to unravel the amount of nutrients consumed per foraging attempt by a wild marine predator. We have also become the first worldwide team to successfully develop and deploy a sensor integrated miniaturize camera in free-ranging dolphins that has attracted extensive media coverage, including a YouTube video with more than 18K views https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KuMGWinKUkw.