David is a Research Associate at Monash University and Museum Victoria studying the evolution of foraging behaviour in aquatic mammals.
He recently completed a PhD in zoology, studying the underwater feeding behaviours of captive and wild pinnipeds (seals). This research was supervised by Dr. Alistair Evans (Monash University) and Dr. Erich Fitzgerald (Museum Victoria) and involved performing captive feeding trials at Melbourne and Taronga Zoo to observe and record the detailed behaviours used to capture prey during underwater feeding.
David Hocking's Articles
Explainer: Why whales strand
Whale strandings have perplexed observers since the days of Aristotle. The answer as to why they do is complex and, to some degree, it's still misunderstood.
Tooth be told
A rare fossil tooth discovery has shed light on an extinct group of seals from Australia’s deep past.
Clapping underwater takes real strength. But wild grey seals can do it, to warn off competitors and attract potential mates.