Kevin Hatala

Kevin Hatala

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Kevin Hatala is interested in postcranial functional morphology and the evolution of human gait. Specifically, he is interested in combining experimental biomechanical studies with analyses of the fossil record to better understand the evolutionary history of human locomotion.


BS, Biological Anthropology & Anatomy, with Distinction, cum laude, Duke University, 2009

Year Entered GW Program: 2009
Advisor: Brian G. Richmond

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


2012-2014 Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant, “A novel experimentally-based investigation of Plio-Pleistocene fossil hominin footprints.”

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 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