University of Aberdeen
Current Position Research Fellow
Telephone +44 (0) 1224 273 637
Departments School of Biological Sciences
Quadrat Core Themes Environmental Management
Methods I Use Bio / Geo / Chemical Analytical


Key Research Interests

  • Animal and human energetics
  • Physiological adaptation to different environments
  • Behavioural modifications caused by environmental stress
  • Effect of diet on body composition (human and animal)
  • Measurement of activity, diet and health in school children and adults

Recent Key Papers

  • Huang, Yi; Mendoza, Jazmin Osorio; Hambly, Catherine; Li, Baoguo; Jin, Zengguang; Li, Li; Madizi, Moshen; Hu, Sumei; Speakman, John R; (2020) Limits to sustained energy intake. XXXI. Effect of graded levels of dietary fat on lactation performance in Swiss mice. JEB, 223.
  • Albalawi, Ahmad; Hambly, Catherine; Speakman, John R; (2020) Frequency of Restaurant, Delivery and Takeaway Usage Is Not Related to BMI among Adults in Scotland. Nutrients, 12.
  • Riek, Alexander; Stölzl, Anna; Bernedo, Rodolfo Marquina; Ruf, Thomas; Arnold, Walter; Hambly, Catherine; Speakman, John R; Gerken, Martina; (2019) Energy expenditure and body temperature variations in llamas living in the High Andes of Peru. Scientific Reports, 9.

Summary Title of Current Studentships

  • Environmental and social influences on milk production in dairy cows.
  • Impacts of the thermic effect of food on feeding behaviour in mice: a test of the heat dissipation limits theory.
  • Impacts of Sugar Sweetened Beverage Consumption on Body Weight Regulation.
  • Evaluation of the use of Metabolomics and DNA Metabarcoding in improving the dietary and energy intake assessment.
  • The association between proximity and the density of fast food restaurants around secondary schools and pupils’ health and eating behaviour.
  • The association between the densities of different types of food outlets, their usage and how these may contribute to daily calorie intake and obesity in UK adults.
  • Reconstructing human diet in Scotland from the late iron Age to High medieval period using stable isotope analysis of bone collagen.