Kevin Hatala

Kevin Hatala is interested in the evolution of locomotion within the hominin clade. His dissertation research combines biomechanical experimentation with paleontological fieldwork to develop functional interpretations of recently-discovered fossil hominin footprint sites. He also studies relationships between morphology and locomotion among modern taxa, and the evolution of postcranial form among fossil hominins.

2012-2014 National Science Foundation, Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, “Fossil footprints and the dynamics of footprint formation: Implications for the evolution of human gait.”

2012-2014 Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “A novel experimentally-based investigation of Plio-Pleistocene fossil hominin footprints.”
2012-2014 The Leakey Foundation, General Research Grant, “Fossil hominin footprints and the dynamics of footprint formation.”

2012 Evolving Earth Foundation, “A snapshot of the anatomy, locomotion, and social behavior of early modern humans as evidenced by fossil footprints at Engare Sero, Tanzania.”

2011 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention

2010 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, Honorable Mention

2010 Lewis N. Cotlow Field Research Fund

2009 Trinity College Research Fund, Duke University

2009 Undergraduate Research Support Grant, Duke University

Year Entered Program: 2009
Advisor Brian G. Richmond
Education Duke University, 2009, B.S., Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, with Distinction, cum laude
Publications Go to Publications Page
Research Experience 2010-present Koobi Fora Field School and Research Project, Rutgers University and the National Museums of Kenya

2010-present Engare Sero Footprints Project, Engare Sero, Tanzania

2010 UNLV Short Course in X-ray Reconstruction of Moving Morphology (XROMM)

2009 Undergraduate Honors thesis: ‘Activity-related changes in geometry of the proximal femur: A study of two Near Eastern samples.’ Duke University, Advisor: Dr. Steven Churchill

2008 NSF-REU in Biocultural Anthropology, University of Notre Dame


Posted in Uncategorized, October 8th, 2010