Animals have evolved to know what food is good for them

Professor David Raubenheimer to present Hammond Lecture at British Society of Animal Science 2019 Annual Conference

Influential animal science researcher and published author Professor David Raubenheimer will present the popular Hammond Lecture at the upcoming BSAS 2019 Annual Conference. 

With over 25 years of experience in applying ecological and evolutionary theory in the study of animal and human nutrition, Professor Raubenheimer’s lecture on Nutritional Geometry will utilise theory from ecology and evolution to better understand how animals adapt to the food and diet available to them.

His lecture, ‘Examining the critical roles of specific appetites in animal and human nutrition’, takes centre stage on the 10th of April at 9am, and will be an insightful and educational look into animal science and the relationship between the nutritional ecology of humans and animals.  

Professor Raubenheimer will join conference-goers all the way from The University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, where he has worked since 2013 as Leonard P Ullmann Chair in Nutritional Ecology. Attendees will get an exclusive chance to gain insight into the most up-to-date research surrounding animal nutrition.

This year’s Hammond Lecture with Professor Raubenheimer is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who is involved in the animal science sector. It will be of particular importance to those who study or work with animal nutrition, providing valuable knowledge for anyone from students through to seasoned scientists. His lecture will be equally as relevant to those working within the livestock sector as to those interested in the study of undomesticated animal species. 

What makes his lecture particularly interesting is the link that Professor Raubenheimer will forge between animal and human specific appetites, and how his research is helping us to understand this relationship in regard to health and disease treatment. Professor Raubenheimer has spent time studying countless species over the years, including wild animals like spiders, sharks, and giant pandas, but also farm animals. From this research he has been able to deduce that they all possess one common quality: an innate ability to cherry-pick foods that have the potential to provide them with a nutritionally balanced diet.


A very highly regarded scientist in the field of animal science, Professor Raubenheimer has had his work referenced the world over, and the British Society of Animal Science is thrilled to be playing host to his lecture. His influence in this growing area of study is extensive, and his studies are playing a vital role in developing a new approach to animal and human nutrition-related problems.

Throughout his scientific career, Professor Raubenheimer has published a remarkable number of works, comprising 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).

To register for tickets and find out more about the line-up of speakers, including Professor Cathy Dywer, Dr Hannah van Zanten, Dr Trevor Alexander and more, Click HERE

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