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

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

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. 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

Pontzer, Herman. “The crown joules: energetics, ecology, and evolution in humans and other primates..” Evolutionary Anthropology, vol. 26, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 12–24. Epmc, doi:10.1002/evan.21513. Full Text

Sparrow, Leah M., et al. “Gait changes in a line of mice artificially selected for longer limbs..” Peerj, vol. 5, Jan. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.7717/peerj.3008. Full Text

Hora, Martin, et al. “Body size and lower limb posture during walking in humans..” Plos One, vol. 12, no. 2, Jan. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0172112. Full Text

Pages

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.

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.

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.

Urlacher, Samuel S., et al. “Objectively Measured Childhood Physical Activity among Small-scale Populations.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 162, WILEY, 2017, pp. 389–389.

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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