research | trophic ecology

trophic ecology

hawksbill turtle, nicaragua (c) bryan wallace

“You are what you eat” is basically true for all animals. Understanding an organism’s trophic ecology sheds light on the roles that they play in their environments, among many other things. My research in this area involves inferences about trophic ecology using stable isotopes and analysis of fine-scale foraging behavior.

publications:

fine-scale foraging ecology of leatherbacks

behavioral and oceanographic influences on leatherback trophic ecology

diet composition of immature loggerhead turtles

behavioral polymorphisms in loggerheads corroborated by stable isotopes

leatherbacks as oceanographic indicators