Current Students

Previous Students

Jennifer Ling (Class of 2018)
Advisor: Angel Zeininger

Jen is an Evolutionary Anthropology major interested in looking at the kinematics of New World Monkey brachiation and anatomy. For her senior thesis project she is looking at how the morphology and anatomy of the wrist in New World Monkeys contribute to the energetic efficiency of brachiation. 

 Breanna Polascik (Class of 2018)
 Advisor: Daniel Schmitt

Breanna is majoring in Evolutionary Anthropology, minoring in Chemistry and Psychology, and is pre-med. She is interested in the biomechanics of dance. Her senior thesis research focuses on tap dancing; exploring the relationship between years of tap dancing experience and the impact forces and shock waves generated at the foot while tapping. These forces could lead to career-ending bone and joint injuries. This research will help dancers and instructors develop strategies to mitigate injury risks. 

Noor Tasnim (Class of 2018)
Advisors: Daniel Schmitt and Angel Zeininger

Noor double majors in Evolutionary Anthropology and Global Health. His research consists of a comparative analysis of foot morphology between unshod and shod populations from cohorts in Madagascar and the United States, respectively. He is currently examining how these differences in foot shape attribute to differences in gait, vertical ground reaction forces, and the onset of foot and lower limb injuries. Noor presented his findings as an ePoster at the Consortium of Universities for Global Health (CUGH) conference. 

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.