Associate Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology
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.
Pontzer, Herman. “A unified theory for the energy cost of legged locomotion..” Biology Letters, vol. 12, no. 2, Feb. 2016. Epmc, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2015.0935. Full Text
Yetish, Gandhi, et al. “Natural sleep and its seasonal variations in three pre-industrial societies..” Current Biology : Cb, vol. 25, no. 21, Nov. 2015, pp. 2862–68. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2015.09.046. Full Text
Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Energy expenditure and activity among Hadza hunter-gatherers..” American Journal of Human Biology : The Official Journal of the Human Biology Council, vol. 27, no. 5, Sept. 2015, pp. 628–37. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajhb.22711. Full Text
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
Finestone, Emma M., et al. “Videographic analysis of kinematics in great apes: To what extent are gait and posture conserved?.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 143–143.
Thurber, C., et al. “Metabolic limits and adaptation in humans: Daily energy expenditure in Race Across the USA athletes..” American Journal of Human Biology, vol. 28, no. 2, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 298–298.
Laird, Myra F., and Herman Pontzer. “Gape cycle kinematic variance and occlusal topography in modern humans.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 159, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2016, pp. 200–200.
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.
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.