Dr Gabriel Machovsky-Capuska

PhD in Ecology; BSc (Hons) in Marine Biology; Loxton Bequest Research Fellow in Nutritional Ecology;
Faculty of Veterinary Science
Charles Perkins Centre
School of Biological Sciences

B01 - J.D. Stewart Building
The University of Sydney

Telephone +61 2 9351 8020
Fax +61 2 9351 3056

Website Coastal Marine Research Group (CMRG)

Research interests

My primary research interest addresses the nutritional and sensory ecology of marine and terrestrial animals. My current research aims to understand the effects of nutrient balance on the behavior, physiology, life history and fitness of animals. My interests extend beyond pure research to include also applied goals, including the conservation of endangered species and pest management. I particularly interest on the relationship between foraging strategies, decision making process and nutrient intake. To answer these multidisciplinary questions I use a wide range of different research techniques in both the field and laboratory. These include behavioural observations and video footage analysis, deployment of miniaturised data-loggers, analyses of animal diet and faecal compositions, heavy metals and nutritional modelling. My work experience also includes research on breeding, diet and foraging behaviour of marine and terrestrial species from Argentina, Antarctica and New Zealand.

I am part of an international collaborative team led by Prof. David Raubenheimer working towards the application of the Right-angled Mixture Triangle (RMT models) as a framework for field biologists interested in nutritional ecology using marine predators, primates and common myna birds as a model system.

Teaching and supervision

Nutritional Ecology of marine and terrestrial animals (marine predators, primates and common myna birds)

Associations

  • The Australasian Society for the Study of the Animal Behaviour (ASSAB). Life member
  • International Society for Behavioral Ecology. Member

Awards and honours

  • 2011 Research Excellence Award. Institute of Advance Study and Massey University, New Zealand.
  • 2011 Invited speaker of the Australasian Society of Animal Behavior Conference in Victoria 2012.
  • 2011 Fellowship from Gordon Research Conference Neuroethology: Behavior, Evolution & Neurobiology.
  • 2008- 2012 Doctoral Scholarship from theInstitute of Natural Sciences,Massey University, New Zealand.
  • 2008 Fellowship from Australian National University. ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science. Summer Course on Animal Navigation.

In the media

Best Places for Seafood: was highlighted by the New York Times : http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/12/24/science/best-places-for-seafood-follow-a-gannet.html?from=science

(http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/saturday/audio/2533364/gabriel-machovsky-capuska-gannets.asx)

TV3 News, New Zealand (http://www.3news.co.nz/Gannets-risk-life-and-limb-just-to-eat/tabid/1160/articleID/245863/Default.aspx),

New Zealand Herald (http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10790855),

New Zealand Geographic (http://www.facebook.com/#!/NewZealandGeographic)

Australian Geographic http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/journal/gannet-dive-a-break-neck-move.htm

Massey University News (http://www.massey.ac.nz/massey/about-massey/news/article.cfm?mnarticle_uuid=8B67963E-D69E-8213-7822-DC560AE4A76D)

Selected grants

2014

  • Nutritional Ecology and real world problems.; Machovsky-Capuska G; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.
  • The cost of Protein in companion animal foods.; Machovsky-Capuska G; Margot Roslyn Flood /Bequest.
  • Plunging into a balance diet; Machovsky-Capuska G; Whitehead Bequest in Wildlife Conservation/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.

2013

  • What diet makes a successful invader?; Raubenheimer D, Machovsky-Capuska G; Whitehead Bequest in Wildlife Conservation/Faculty of Veterinary Science Bequest.
  • Do top marine predators balance their nutrient intake?; Machovsky-Capuska G; The Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney/Bridging Research Support.
  • Nutritional Ecology of Masked boobies.; Machovsky-Capuska G; Department of Environment and Heritage (NSW)/Bridging Research Support.

2011

  • Are gannets the capuchin monkeys of the ocean?; Machovsky-Capuska G; Australasian Society of Animal Behavior/Research Grant.

2009

  • National Geographic Society/Waitt Grant; Machovsky-Capuska G; National Geographic Society/Research Grant.

2008

  • Massey University Research Fund; Machovsky-Capuska G; Massey University/Research Grant.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Dassis, M., Libby, E., Wikelski, M., Schuckard, R., Melville, D., Cook, W., Houston, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2014). Foraging behaviour and habitat use of chick-rearing Australasian Gannets in New Zealand. Journal of Ornithology, 155(2), 379-387. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Libby, E., AMiot, C., Raubenheimer, D. (2014). The contribution of private and public information in foraging by Australasian gannets. Animal Cognition, 17, 849-858. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Vaughn - Hirshorn, R., Raubenheimer, D. (2013). Can gannets (Morus serrator) select their diving profile prior to submergence? Notornis, 60(3), 255-257.
  • Aidala, Z., Huynen, L., Brennan, P., Musser, J., Fidler, A., Chong, N., Machovsky-Capuska, G., Anderson, M., Talaba, A., Lambert, D., et al (2012). Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three distinct avian lineages: paleognaths, parrots and songbirds. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology, 198, 495-510.
  • Machovsky Capuska, G., Dwyer, S., Alley, M., Stockin, K., Raubenheimer, D. (2011). Evidence for fatal collisions and kleptoparasitism while plunge-diving in gannets. Ibis, 153(3), 631-635. [More Information]
  • Machovsky Capuska, G., Rosso, P., Copello, S., Casaux, R. (2008). First observation of siblicide in brown skua (Catharacta lonnbergi) at Harmony Point, Nelson Island, Antarctica. Notornis, 55(1), 43-44.

Conferences

  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Libby, E., Schuckard, R., Melville, D., Cook, W., Houston, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2012). A comparison of foraging strategies in Australasian gannets at two colonies in New Zealand. Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Howland, H., Raubenheimer, D., Hauber, M., Katzir, G. (2012). Corneal power and underwater accommodation in Australasian gannets (Morus serrator. Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Libby, E., AMiot, C., Hauber, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2012). The use of personal and social information in foraging by the Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.

2014

  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Dassis, M., Libby, E., Wikelski, M., Schuckard, R., Melville, D., Cook, W., Houston, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2014). Foraging behaviour and habitat use of chick-rearing Australasian Gannets in New Zealand. Journal of Ornithology, 155(2), 379-387. [More Information]
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Libby, E., AMiot, C., Raubenheimer, D. (2014). The contribution of private and public information in foraging by Australasian gannets. Animal Cognition, 17, 849-858. [More Information]

2013

  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Vaughn - Hirshorn, R., Raubenheimer, D. (2013). Can gannets (Morus serrator) select their diving profile prior to submergence? Notornis, 60(3), 255-257.

2012

  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Hauber, M., Libby, E., Schuckard, R., Melville, D., Cook, W., Houston, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2012). A comparison of foraging strategies in Australasian gannets at two colonies in New Zealand. Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Howland, H., Raubenheimer, D., Hauber, M., Katzir, G. (2012). Corneal power and underwater accommodation in Australasian gannets (Morus serrator. Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.
  • Machovsky-Capuska, G., Libby, E., AMiot, C., Hauber, M., Raubenheimer, D. (2012). The use of personal and social information in foraging by the Australasian gannets (Morus serrator). Australasian Society for the study of Animal Behaviour Conference, Deakin University: N/A.
  • Aidala, Z., Huynen, L., Brennan, P., Musser, J., Fidler, A., Chong, N., Machovsky-Capuska, G., Anderson, M., Talaba, A., Lambert, D., et al (2012). Ultraviolet visual sensitivity in three distinct avian lineages: paleognaths, parrots and songbirds. Journal of Comparative Physiology A: Neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology, 198, 495-510.

2011

  • Machovsky Capuska, G., Dwyer, S., Alley, M., Stockin, K., Raubenheimer, D. (2011). Evidence for fatal collisions and kleptoparasitism while plunge-diving in gannets. Ibis, 153(3), 631-635. [More Information]

2008

  • Machovsky Capuska, G., Rosso, P., Copello, S., Casaux, R. (2008). First observation of siblicide in brown skua (Catharacta lonnbergi) at Harmony Point, Nelson Island, Antarctica. Notornis, 55(1), 43-44.

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