Patricia A. Kramer

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Personal Information
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Patricia A.
Associate Professor
Contact Information
Office Building: 
Condon Hall 711
Office Phone: 
206 616-2449
Academic Information
Research Summary: 
My principal research interest is the study of locomotor energetics from the perspective of mechanical engineering. To do this, I utilize many tools, including motion capture, SimMechanics (a module within Matlab) and kinematic/kinetic analysis using OpenSim. I use the motion capture capabilities of the Human Motion Analysis Laboratory of the Dept of Rehabilitative Medicine and I collaborate with researchers in the Departments of Orthopaedics and Sport Medicine and Mechanical Engineering. My research is, however, firmly grounded in modern evolutionary theory.
<p>I teach a 2 quarter course on Human Evolution in the Winter and Spring of odd numbered years. Thus, the next time it will be taught is 2015. &nbsp;I also teach courses in biomechanics, energetics and comparative osteology. &nbsp;</p> <p>In 2015-2016 academic year, I plan to teach Nonhominin Paleoprimatology and Biomechanics of Locomotion.</p> <p>I also routinely teach a freshman course in Human Biological Diversity in Fall quarter. &nbsp;</p>
Biocultural Anthropology
<p>Human and non-human primate fossils and locomotion, osteoarthritis and aging of the musculoskeletal system, biomechanics and energetics of locomotion</p>
Selected Publications
<p>Been E, G&oacute;mez-Olivencia A, Kramer PA (2014) Lumbar lordosis in extinct hominins: Implications of the pelvic incidence. American Journal of Physical Anthropology,154:307-14.</p>
<p>Bailey JF, Fields AJ, Liebenberg E, Mattison JA, Lotz JC, Kramer PA. (2014) Comparison of vertebral and intervertebral disc lesions in aging humans and rhesus monkeys. Osteoarthritis and Cartilage.</p>
<p>Lautzenheiser, SG, Kramer PA. Linear and angular measurements of the foot of modern humans: a test of Morton&rsquo;s foot types. Anatomical Record.</p>
<p>Been E, Kramer PA, Pessah H, Peleg S. (2013) Sacral orientation in hominin evolution. Advances in Anthropology, 3:133-41.</p>
<p>Kramer, PA. (2012) Brief Communication: Could Kadanuumuu and Lucy have walked together comfortably? American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 149:616-621.</p>
<p>Kramer PA and Sylvester AD. (2012) Humans, geometric similarity and Froude number: Is &quot;reasonably close&quot; really close enough? Biology Open, 1-10.</p>
<p>Duncan AE, Colman RJ, Kramer PA. (2012) Sex Differences in Spinal Osteoarthritis in Humans and Rhesus Monkeys (Macaca mulatta). Spine, 37:915-922</p>
<p>Kramer PA. The effect on energy expenditure of walking on gradients or carrying burdens. J Human Biology 22:497-507.</p>
<p>Been E, Barash A, Marom A, Aizenberg I, Kramer PA. A new model for calculating the lumbar lordosis angle in early homnids and in the spine of the Neanderthal from Kebara. Anatomical Record 7:1140-1145.</p>
<p>Kramer PA and Sarton-Miller I. (2008) The energetics of human walking: is Froude Number (Fr) useful for metabolic comparisons? Gait and Posture. 27:209-215.</p>
<p>Kramer PA and Eck GG (2000) Locomotor Energetics and Leg Length in Hominid Bipedality. Journal of Human Evolution, 38:651-666.</p>
<p>Kramer PA (1998) The Costs of Human Locomotion: Maternal Investment in Child Transport. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 107:71-86.</p>

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