Research : Biomechanics and functional morphology, kinematics and kinetics of primate locomotion, influence of body size on locomotion and the structure of the musculoskeletal system, long bone loading patterns.
Dr. Demes' primary research interest is the interaction between function and form in the primate locomotor system which she studies using methods of biomechanics and functional morphology. In the Stony Brook Primate Locomotion Laboratory she collects three-dimensional kinematics and substrate reaction force data and uses them to characterize the functional demands of gaits on the musculoskeletal system of monkeys, apes, and humans. Current research addresses the facultative bipedal locomotion of nonhuman primates (capuchin monkeys and chimpanzees) with the goal of better understanding the evolutionary changes related to the adoption of habitual bipedal posture and gait in early hominins.
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