Previous Students

Megan Snyder (Class of 2017)
Advisor: Daniel Schmitt

Megan majored in Evolutionary Anthropology. She started by working in the Animal Locomotion lab for two years cataloging our video collection and digitizing joint centers in walking primates and running humans. Megan's senior honors thesis investigated osteoarthritis and gait changes in elderly sifakas.

Christopher Monti (Class of 2017)
Advisor: Angel Zeininger

Chris majored in Biochemistry. He is interested in finding micro-structural correlates to tissue stiffness and ultimately ground reaction force loading patterns beneath the hindfoot during walking. For his senior thesis project, Chris investigated the biochemistry of human heel pads. As a continuation of his thesis project, Chris will compare relative concentrations of collagen across the heel pad in a comparative sample of humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas.

Mark Cullen (Class of 2017)
Advisor: Roxanne Larsen

Mark majored in Evolutionary Anthropology. He is interested in the connection between human gait and vision. For his senior thesis project, Mark studyed gaze-behaviors in human runners as they ran toward an obstacle. Ultimately, this gaze data will be correlated with EMG data of the lower limb muscles to see when vision begins to influence muscle activation of human runners when navigating obstacles.

Taylor Trentadue (Class of 2016)
Advisor: Daniel Schmitt

Taylor double majored in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health. Her research in the Animal Locomotion Laboratory focused on a novel quantitative method for analyzing vertical ground reaction forces using Fourier coefficients. Taylor is interested in understanding how gait mechanics can reflect pathological conditions in the lower extremity. She graduated with with Distinction Honors and her thesis project was entitled "A cross-cultural comparison of gait biomechanics and musculoskeletal health," which sought to describe population-level differences in normal and pathological walking from cohorts in Madagascar and the United States.