My research interest is in the interface between behaviour, nutrition, ecology and animal performance. Understanding the relationships between nutrition, behaviour, ecology, morphology and physiology is a central aim in nutritional ecology. Nutrition is a complex process that involves mixtures of nutrients parceled at different ratios that fluctuate in dynamic environments. Foragers have continuously adapted to these changes to meet their own nutritional requirements.
Nutritional Geometry (NG) is a novel approach that has simplified the complexities of modelling foods in relation to foraging behaviour, geographic location and social interactions, providing a fresh ecological view of nutrition. Field-based nutritional ecology studies have the challenge to overcome complex logistical constrains to collect reliable data. NG has been increasingly used to contribute to the development of a conceptual framework for the study of animal nutrition in the wild.
My current fields of research span a range of species (including fish, marine and terrestrial birds and marine and terrestrial mammals), research habitats (marine and terrestrial), contexts (lab, field and modelling) and objectives, both theoretical (e.g. multi-nutritional niche concept) and applied (aquaculture, wildlife conservation and management, biological invasions and companion and production animals).