Biographical Information

General interest in the ecology and management of pastoral systems. There is particular focus on the foraging strategy of grazing animals and the mechanics of the grazing process, together with the dynamics of plant growth and tissue turnover in grazed swards, and the use of this information to develop objective criteria for defining management strategies for grazed plant communities for either production or conservation purposes. These interests developed in the context of temperate pastures in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, but there is increasing interest in studies designed to investigate the extent to which the principles of plant and animal behaviour, and of management strategy, can be generalised across temperate and tropical pasture conditions. These studies involve substantial commitment to research projects in Latin America.