Prof David Raubenheimer

Session: Hammond Lecture


Presentation: Nutritional Geometry: Examining the critical roles of specific appetites in animal and human nutrition



Professor David Raubenheimer is a nutritional ecologist with 25 years of experience in applying ecological and evolutionary theory in the study of animal nutrition.

His work includes laboratory and field studies, on species from insects and spiders to fish, sharks, birds, elephants, giant pandas, grizzly bears, snow leopards, monkeys, gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees, as well as pets and farm animals.

He also applies the perspectives of nutritional ecology to understand the causes of variation in health and disease in humans in modern environments, with specific interest in obesity and the links between diet and ageing.

David obtained his PhD at Oxford University in 1992, where he remained as senior research fellow and lecturer until he moved to the University of Auckland in 2002.

In 2013 he took up his current position as Chair in Nutritional Ecology and Nutrition Theme Leader in the Charles Perkins Centre, an inter-disciplinary research center at the University of Sydney.

He has published over 300 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters, and co-authored the book The Nature of Nutrition: a unifying Framework from Animal Adaptation to Human Obesity (Princeton, 2012).