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

Pontzer, Herman. “Constrained Total Energy Expenditure and the Evolutionary Biology of Energy Balance..” Exercise and Sport Sciences Reviews, vol. 43, no. 3, July 2015, pp. 110–16. Epmc, doi:10.1249/jes.0000000000000048. Full Text

Pontzer, H. “Energy Expenditure in Humans and Other Primates: A New Synthesis.” Annual Review of Anthropology, vol. 44, no. 1, Jan. 2015, pp. 169–87. Scopus, doi:10.1146/annurev-anthro-102214-013925. Full Text

Warrener, Anna G., et al. “A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for the evolution of childbirth..” Plos One, vol. 10, no. 3, Jan. 2015. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0118903. Full Text

Raubenheimer, David, et al. “Macronutrient contributions of insects to the diets of hunter-gatherers: a geometric analysis..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 71, June 2014, pp. 70–76. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2014.02.007. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Primate energy expenditure and life history..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, no. 4, Jan. 2014, pp. 1433–37. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1316940111. Full Text

Pontzer, H., et al. “Foot strike patterns and hind limb joint angles during running in Hadza hunter-gatherers.” Journal of Sport and Health Science, vol. 3, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 95–101. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jshs.2014.03.010. Full Text

Wood, B. M., et al. “Mutualism and manipulation in Hadza-honeyguide interactions.” Evolution and Human Behavior, vol. 35, no. 6, Jan. 2014, pp. 540–46. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.evolhumbehav.2014.07.007. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Bipedal and quadrupedal locomotion in chimpanzees..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 66, Jan. 2014, pp. 64–82. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2013.10.002. Full Text

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Evidence of Levy walk foraging patterns in human hunter-gatherers..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 111, no. 2, Jan. 2014, pp. 728–33. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1318616111. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman. “Early hominin paleoecology. Edited by MattSponheimer, Julia A.Lee-Thorp, Kaye E.Reed, and PeterUngar. 368 pp. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado. 2013. $70.00 (cloth), $56.00 (e-book)..” American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 26, no. 1, Wiley, Jan. 2014, pp. 103–103. Crossref, doi:10.1002/ajhb.22486. Full Text

Pages

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Sitting, squatting, and the evolution of human inactivity.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 261–62.

Edwards, Wren, et al. “Energy expenditure and physical activity levels in captive tufted capuchins (Cebus apella).” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 136–136.

Kozma, E. E., et al. “Determinants of Energetic Costs of Climbing in Humans.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 56, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2016, pp. E116–E116.

Kozma, Elaine E., et al. “Energetics and Muscle Use of Human Climbing.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 196–196.

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Energetics and Economics of Foraging in Humans and other Apes.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 255–255.

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Humans, the high-energy ape: hominoid energetics and life history evolution.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 255–255.

Trumble, Benjamin C., et al. “Energetic costs of testosterone: higher testosterone is associated with greater lean muscle mass and total energetic expenditure among Tsimane forager-horticulturalists.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 307–08.

Ramirez, Kristen R., and Herman Pontzer. “Estimates of fossil hominin quadriceps physiological cross sectional area from patellar dimensions.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 261–261.

Machanda, Zarin, et al. “Musculoskeletal growth patterns in wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 209–209.

Laird, Myra F., et al. “Chewing efficiency variation with food material properties and masticatory morphology in humans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 156, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2015, pp. 197–197.

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