Anna Warrener
Department of Anthropology

Mailing Address:
Department of Anthropology
Campus Box 103
PO Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

Physical Location:
Auraria Campus
North Classroom
Suite 4002

Office Hours:

Dr. Warrener is a Colorado native and received her B.A. in anthropology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She completed her Ph.D. at Washington University in St. Louis and then spent three years as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard. Her research focuses on the evolution of the human musculoskeletal system using biomechanical techniques to assess how variation in physical structure affects locomotor performance. She is specifically interested in the human pelvis and how its unique anatomy impacts both locomotion and human birth. Dr. Warrener’s research has been published in PNAS, PLOS ONE, The Anatomical Record and other peer-reviewed journals and has also been featured in the BBC documentary “What Makes Us Human” and on NPR.

2012  Ph.D. Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis     

2006  MA Anthropology, Washington University in St. Louis

2003  BA Anthropology, Summa Cum Laude, University of Colorado

Warrener AG. Childbirth and brain size: evolutionary constraints. In H. Callan (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of Anthropology. John Wiley & Sons. (in press).

Warrener AG. Hominin hip biomechanics: changing perspectives. 2017. Anatomical Record 300 (5): 932-945.

Lieberman DE, Warrener AG, Wang J, Castillo ER. 2015. Effects of stride frequency and foot position at landing on braking force, hip torque, impact peak force and the metabolic cost of running in humans. Journal of Experimental Biology 218:3406-3414.

Warrener AG, Lewton KL, Pontzer H, Lieberman DE.2015.A wider pelvis does not increase locomotor cost in humans, with implications for birth. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118903.

Barak M, Lieberman DE, Raichlen D, Pontzer H, Warrener AG, Hublin J. 2013. Trabecular evidence for a human-like gait in Australopithecus africanus. PLOS ONE DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0077687.

Dunsworth H, Warrener AG, Deacon T, Ellison P, Pontzer H. 2011.A metabolic hypothesis for human altriciality. PNAS 109:15212-15216.

Cowgill L, Warrener AG, Pontzer H, Ocobock C. 2010. Waddling and toddling: biomechanical effects of immature gait. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 143:52-61.

Blackburn Wittman AG and Wall L. 2007. The evolutionary origins of obstructed labor: bipedalism, encephalization, and the human obstetric dilemma. Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey 62:739-748.

Anth 1303 Introduction to Biological Anthropology

Anth 3512 Human Evolution

Anth 6513 Biological Anthropology Core: Modern Human Variation