Herman Pontzer

Herman Pontzer

Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology

Overview

How did the human body evolve, and how does our species' deep past shape our health and physiology today? Through lab and field research, I investigate the physiology of humans and apes to understand how ecology, lifestyle, diet, and evolutionary history affect metabolism and health. I'm also interested in how ecology and evolution influence musculoskeletal design and physical activity. Field projects focus on small-scale societies, including hunter-gatherers and subsistence farmers, in Africa and South America. Lab research focuses on energetics and metabolism, including respirometry and doubly labeled water methods.

Degrees & Credentials

  • Ph.D., Harvard University 2006

Gagnon, Christian M., et al. “Elite swimmers do not exhibit a body mass index trade-off across a wide range of event distances.Proceedings. Biological Sciences, vol. 285, no. 1882, July 2018. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rspb.2018.0684. Full Text

Finestone, Emma M., et al. “Great ape walking kinematics: Implications for hominoid evolution.American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 166, no. 1, May 2018, pp. 43–55. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajpa.23397. Full Text

Urlacher, Samuel S., et al. “Tradeoffs between immune function and childhood growth among Amazonian forager-horticulturalists.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, no. 17, Apr. 2018, pp. E3914–21. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1717522115. Full Text

Kozma, Elaine E., et al. “Hip extensor mechanics and the evolution of walking and climbing capabilities in humans, apes, and fossil hominins.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 115, no. 16, Apr. 2018, pp. 4134–39. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1715120115. Full Text Open Access Copy

Pontzer, H., et al. “Mechanics of archery among Hadza hunter-gatherers.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, vol. 16, Dec. 2017, pp. 57–64. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jasrep.2017.09.025. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman. “DEMOGRAPHY AND EVOLUTIONARY ECOLOGY OF HADZA HUNTER-GATHERERS By Nicholas Blurton Jones 508 pp. (2016). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. $130.00 (paperback).” American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 29, no. 6, Wiley, Nov. 2017, pp. e23053–e23053. Crossref, doi:10.1002/ajhb.23053. Full Text

Horiuchi, Masahiro, et al. “Measuring the Energy of Ventilation and Circulation during Human Walking using Induced Hypoxia.Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, July 2017, p. 4938. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-05068-8. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman. “Economy and Endurance in Human Evolution.Current Biology : Cb, vol. 27, no. 12, June 2017, pp. R613–21. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2017.05.031. Full Text

Edwards, Wren, et al. “Total energy expenditure in captive capuchins (Sapajus apella).American Journal of Primatology, vol. 79, no. 5, May 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajp.22638. Full Text

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Physical activity patterns and biomarkers of cardiovascular disease risk in hunter-gatherers.American Journal of Human Biology : The Official Journal of the Human Biology Council, vol. 29, no. 2, Mar. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajhb.22919. Full Text

Pages

Machanda, Z., et al. “MUSCULOSKELETAL GROWTH IN WILD CHIMPANZEES WITH IMPLICATIONS FOR SOCIAL BEHAVIOR.” American Journal of Primatology, vol. 80, WILEY, 2018.

Willis, Erik A., et al. “Is More Physical Activity Always Better? Constrained vs Additive Total Energy Expenditure Models.Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, vol. 50, no. 5, LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS, 2018, pp. 841–841.

Castillo, Eric R., and Herman Pontzer. “Locomotor-respiratory dynamics and gait frequency tuning in humans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 165, WILEY, 2018, pp. 43–44.

Urlacher, Samuel S., et al. “Direct measures of total and resting energy expenditure among Shuar forager-horticulturalist children: Evolutionary and epidemiological implications.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 165, WILEY, 2018, pp. 281–281.

Eyre, Jennifer, and Herman Pontzer. “The Effect of bi-iliac breadth on thermoregulation during running.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 165, WILEY, 2018, pp. 80–81.

Swanson, Zane S., et al. “The effect of the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) I/D polymorphism on energy expenditure in modern humans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 165, WILEY, 2018, pp. 268–268.

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Fractal patterns of physical activity in hunter-gatherers suggest universal scaling of daily movement in humans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 165, WILEY, 2018, pp. 218–19.

Schneider, Alaina L., et al. “Reduced Immune Investment with Energy Stress: Evidence from a Mouse Model.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 162, WILEY, 2017, pp. 349–349.

Otarola-Castillo, Erik R., et al. “walkR: A Software Package to Analyze the Biomechanics of Human Locomotion.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 162, WILEY, 2017, pp. 306–306.

Ramirez, Kristen R., and Herman Pontzer. “Intrinsic Manual Proportions affect the Biomechanics of Suspension.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 162, WILEY, 2017, pp. 326–326.

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