Dr. Erin Williams-Hatala
In this episode the Knowbodies were extremely excited to learn from Dr. Hatala about the Human hand, her involvement as a researcher and her captivating perspective on the evolution of human behavior that has molded the adaptations our hands poses today. In this podcast you we explore the following topics:
Dr. Hatala’s BIOGRAPHY
I was born in Ann Arbor, MI and lived there through high school. I moved to Grinnell, IA to attend Grinnell College where I studied Anthropology and Archaeology. In 2005 I joined the Hominid Paleobiology Doctoral Program in The George Washington University’s Center for the Advanced Study of Hominid Paleobiology, in Washington, DC. I received a Masters in Anthropology in 2007, a MPhil in Hominid Paleobiology in 2009, and a PhD in the same discipline in 2011. My dissertation and research as a NSF and L’Oreal USA for Women in Science postdoctoral fellow focused on human functional anatomy, the influence of biomechanical regiments on the evolution of human upper limb anatomy, and the biomechanics of making and using Paleolithic tools. I am very excited about beginning a new phase of research with a group of international collaborators, investigating the anatomy, functional anatomy, and biomechanics of (mainly tool-using) non-human primates.
Williams-Hatala, EM. “Biomechanics of the human hand: from stone tools to computer keyboards.” in The Evolution of the Primate Hand: Perspectives from Anatomical, Developmental, Functional and Paleontological Evidence. Kivell, TL; Lemelin, P; Richmond, BG; and Schmitt, D (eds). Springer, New York, NY. In press