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

Raichlen, D. A., et al. “Joint kinetics in chimpanzees and other mammals: Are large bodied primates unique?.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2007, pp. 194–194.

Pontzer, H., et al. “Contributions of muscular and skeletal morphology to locomotor performance: How much can bones tell us about locomotion?.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2007, pp. 191–191.

Pontzer, H., et al. “Niche expansion of a cryptic primate, Callimico goeldii, during polyspecific associations..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2007, pp. 191–191.

Raichlen, D. A., et al. “The energetics of quadrupedal and bipedal locomotion in chimpanzees.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 46, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2006, pp. E114–E114.

Pontzer, Herman, et al. “Is arm swing active or passive during human walking and running?.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 46, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2006, pp. E112–E112.

Pontzer, H. “Locomotor energetics and ranging ecology of fossil hominids..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2006, pp. 148–148.

Raichlen, D. A., et al. “Energetics of chimpanzee locomotion: Force production during bipedal and quadrupedal walking..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2006, pp. 150–150.

Pontzer, H. “Linking locomotor energetics to limb design in terrestrial animals.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 45, no. 6, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2005, pp. 1057–1057.

Pontzer, H., et al. “The effect of a "bent-knee" gait on trabecular orientation: an experiment test of Wolff's Law.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2005, pp. 167–167.

Lieberman, D. E., et al. “Why is the human gluteus so maximus?.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2005, pp. 138–138.

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