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, H. “The effect of limb length on locomotor performance.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 44, no. 6, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2004, pp. 623–623.

Lieberman, D. E., et al. “An experimental test of Wolffs law in the knee.” Integrative and Comparative Biology, vol. 44, no. 6, OXFORD UNIV PRESS INC, 2004, pp. 592–592.

Pontzer, H. “The effect of leg length on human locomotor performance.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2004, pp. 161–62.

Wrangham, R. W., and H. Pontzer. “Chimpanzee juveniles constrain their mothers' gregariousness.” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-BLACKWELL, 2004, pp. 211–12.

Devlin, M. J., et al. “Trabecular bone orientation in flexed versus extended postures in guinea fowl: A test of Wolffs Law..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2003, pp. 88–89.

Pontzer, H. “Climbing behavior and locomotor energetics in wild chimpanzees: Implications for hominin locomotor evolution..” American Journal of Physical Anthropology, WILEY-LISS, 2003, pp. 170–170.

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