Hominins and their landscape: irregular terrain and habitual terrestrial bipedalism in genus Homo


Alexantra Allen

Email: allena@liv.ac.uk

Start Year: 2014, 1st cohort

Host University: The University of Liverpool

Department: Institute of Aging and Chronic Disease

Supervisors: Kristiaan D’Août

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Academic profile

Education:  BSc (Hons) Biological Science with Anthropology (1st Class Hons), Oxford Brookes University, 2010-2013;

Work Experience

 During my undergraduate studies I held a number of voluntary and paid roles. These included a research assistant position attached to a large-scale gait project, an internship within a clinical exercise & rehabilitation unit working with neurological populations and two years in a student support role.

Skills and relevant qualifications

This project involves a combination of GIS mapping skills and gait analysis. I have undertaken advanced training in ArcGIS to develop my understanding of software application and use. Regarding gait analysis, I am particularly interested in the use of methods that are highly mobile and allow wireless data recording in the field. Alongside other members of the research group, I am involved in validation of a new IMU & EMG system for biomechanical studies and plan to subsequently implement these methods within my PhD project.

 

ACCE PhD Research topic

Hominins and their landscape: irregular terrain and habitual terrestrial bipedalism in genus Homo

This project seeks to investigate if variability in human walking is associated with adaptability to move over complex terrain and to consider the impact of this on our understanding of terrestrial bipedalism in hominin ancestors.