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Herman Pontzer


Herman Pontzer, professor of Anthropology at Hunter College and the City University of New York, investigates the energetics and evolution of humans and other apes. Through laboratory and field studies, Dr. Pontzer’s work seeks to understand how our bodies evolved and how our evolutionary past shapes our lives today. He conducted the first measurements of daily energy expenditure in traditional hunter-gatherers. He is currently leading a multi-year effort to measure daily energy expenditure in non-Western human populations and in living apes to understand how differences in daily energy requirements vary with respect to physical activity and diet.

Past Programs Featuring Herman Pontzer

Saturday, June 3, 2017 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm