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, et al. “Metabolic adaptation for low energy throughput in orangutans..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 107, no. 32, Aug. 2010, pp. 14048–52. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.1001031107. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Locomotor anatomy and biomechanics of the Dmanisi hominins..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 58, no. 6, June 2010, pp. 492–504. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2010.03.006. Full Text

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Understanding hind limb weight support in chimpanzees with implications for the evolution of primate locomotion..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 138, no. 4, Apr. 2009, pp. 395–402. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajpa.20952. Full Text

Pontzer, H., et al. “Control and function of arm swing in human walking and running (Journal of Experimental Biology 212 (523-534)).” Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 212, no. 6, Mar. 2009. Scopus, doi:10.1242/jeb.030478. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Control and function of arm swing in human walking and running..” The Journal of Experimental Biology, vol. 212, no. Pt 4, Feb. 2009, pp. 523–34. Epmc, doi:10.1242/jeb.024927. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, and Jason M. Kamilar. “Great ranging associated with greater reproductive investment in mammals..” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 106, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 192–96. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.0806105106. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Biomechanics of running indicates endothermy in bipedal dinosaurs..” Plos One, vol. 4, no. 11, Jan. 2009. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0007783. Full Text

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “The metabolic cost of walking in humans, chimpanzees, and early hominins..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 56, no. 1, Jan. 2009, pp. 43–54. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.09.001. Full Text

Carter, Melinda L., et al. “Skeletal pathology in Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii in Kibale National Park, Uganda..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 135, no. 4, Apr. 2008, pp. 389–403. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajpa.20758. Full Text

Raichlen, David A., et al. “The Laetoli footprints and early hominin locomotor kinematics..” Journal of Human Evolution, vol. 54, no. 1, Jan. 2008, pp. 112–17. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.07.005. Full Text

Pages

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Primate energy expenditure and life history..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 150, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2013, pp. 223–223.

Raichlen, David A., et al. “Aerobic activity in the Hadza hunter-foragers of Tanzania.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 147, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 243–243.

Pontzer, Herman. “Relating foraging ecology to locomotor economy and limb length in living apes and fossil hominins.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 147, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 239–239.

Laird, Myra F., and Herman Pontzer. “Biomechanical relationships between chewing efficiency and dental morphology in modern humans..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 147, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 188–188.

Schroepfer, Kara K., et al. “Energy expenditure in semi free-ranging chimpanzees measured using doubly labeled water..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 147, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2012, pp. 263–263.

Maki, J. M., and H. Pontzer. “The relative contributions of the body and the throwing arm to throwing velocity in softball and baseball players.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 51, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2011, pp. E223–E223.

Ocobock, C., et al. “A new multivariate model for predicting daily energy expenditure in active human populations.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 51, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2011, pp. E102–E102.

Dunsworth, Holly, et al. “LIFE HISTORY JUST ISN'T HIP: HUMAN EVOLUTION WITHOUT AN 'OBSTETRIC DILEMMA'.” Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 31, SOC VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGY, 2011, pp. 102–102.

Wood, Brian M., et al. “Keeping their friends close? Contrasting models of social association in Hadza hunter-gatherers.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 144, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2011, pp. 314–314.

Ocobock, Cara, et al. “Daily energy expenditure in highly active humans in a natural temperate environment..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 144, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2011, pp. 227–227.

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