Daniel Oliver Schmitt

Daniel Oliver Schmitt

Professor in the Department of Evolutionary Anthropology

External address: 
203 Biological Sciences Buildi, 130 Science Drive, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: 
Duke Box 90383, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-5664


My primary interest is in the evolution of primate locomotion. I am studying the mechanics of movement in primates and other vertebrates in the laboratory to understand the relationship between movement and postcranial morphology, and the unique nature of primates among mammals. Current projects include the origins of primate locomotion and the evolution of vertebrate bipedalism.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., State University of New York at Stony Brook 1995

Somers, TJ, Blumenthal, JA, Guilak, F, Kraus, VB, Schmitt, DO, Babyak, MA, Craighead, LW, Caldwell, DS, Rice, JR, McKee, DC, Shelby, RA, Campbell, LC, Pells, JJ, Sims, EL, Queen, R, Carson, JW, Connelly, M, Dixon, KE, Lacaille, LJ, Huebner, JL, Rejeski, WJ, and Keefe, FJ. "Pain coping skills training and lifestyle behavioral weight management in patients with knee osteoarthritis: a randomized controlled study." Pain 153.6 (June 2012): 1199-1209. Full Text

Allen, KD, Mata, BA, Gabr, MA, Huebner, JL, Adams, SB, Kraus, VB, Schmitt, DO, and Setton, LA. "Kinematic and dynamic gait compensations resulting from knee instability in a rat model of osteoarthritis. (Published online)" Arthritis Res Ther 14.2 (April 17, 2012): R78-. Full Text Open Access Copy

O'Neill, MC, and Schmitt, D. "The gaits of primates: Center of mass mechanics in walking, cantering and galloping ring-tailed lemurs, Lemur catta." Journal of Experimental Biology 215.10 (2012): 1728-1739. Full Text

Workman, C, and Schmitt, D. "Positional Behavior of Delacour's Langurs (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Northern Vietnam." International Journal of Primatology 33.1 (2012): 19-37. Full Text

Allen, KD, Shamji, MF, Mata, BA, Gabr, MA, Sinclair, SM, Schmitt, DO, Richardson, WJ, and Setton, LA. "Kinematic and dynamic gait compensations in a rat model of lumbar radiculopathy and the effects of tumor necrosis factor-alpha antagonism. (Published online)" Arthritis Res Ther 13.4 (August 26, 2011): R137-. Full Text

Hanna, JB, and Schmitt, D. "Comparative Triceps Surae Morphology in Primates: A Review." Anatomy Research International 2011 (2011). (Academic Article) Full Text