Current Students

Megan Snyder 
Advisor: Daniel Schmitt

Megan is a Senior majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. She has been 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 will investigate osteoarthritis in elderly humans and primates.

Christopher Monti 
Advisor: Angel Zeininger

Chris is a Senior majoring 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 will investigate the biochemistry of heel pads. His project will compare relative concentrations of collagen across the heel pad in a comparative sample of humans, chimpanzees, and gorillas.

Mark Cullen
Advisor: Roxanne Larsen

Mark is a Senior majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology. He is interested in the connection between human gait and vision. For his senior thesis project, he will be studying gaze-behaviors in human runners as they run 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.

Previous Students

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.