The central focus of my research is on the foraging energetics of women. I use direct focal and behavioral observation, paired with energetic monitoring (heart rate and respirometry methods), to accurately measure the cost of foraging activities among a population of women within Botswana's Okavango Delta. By analyzing foraged foods for macronutrient composition, I can asses the nutritional gain achieved from such energetic expenditures, testing the relationship between time and energy in female foraging. By working with women in the Okavango Delta, I have also been able to pursue hypotheses related to habitat type and choice, as well as seasonality. Women from my study villages occupy landscapes ranging from flooded riverine forest, to dry woodland sandveld (dry sandy savanna), providing unique opportunities to test foraging success within a single population, across very distinct habitats and seasons.
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