DAVID R CARRIER portrait
  • Professor, Biology

Publications

  • Morris, J. S., J. S. Ruff, W. K. Potts and D. R. Carrier. (2017). A disparity between locomotor economy and territory-holding ability in male house mice. Journal of Experimental Biology 220, 2521-2528. Published, 07/2017.
  • Carrier, D. R. and C. Cunningham. (2017). The effect of foot posture on capacity to apply free moments to the ground: implications for fighting performance in great apes. Biology Open 6, 269-277. Published, 06/2017.
  • Kilbourne, B. M. and D. R. Carrier. (2016). Manipulated Changes in Limb Mass and Rotational Inertia in Trotting Dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) and Their Effect on Limb Kinematics. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part A: Ecological Genetics and Physiology 325, 665-674. Published, 12/01/2016.
  • Panagiotopoulou, O., P. Spyridis, H. Mehari Abraha, D. R. Carrier and T. C. Pataky. (2016). Architecture of the sperm whale forehead facilitates ramming combat. PeerJ 4, e1988. Published, 04/05/2016.
  • Morris, J. S. and D. R. Carrier. (2016). Sexual selection on skeletal shape in Carnivora. Evolution 70, 767-780. Published, 04/01/2016.
  • Carrier, D. R., N. Schilling and C. Anders. (2015). Muscle activation during maximal effort tasks: evidence of the selective forces that shaped the musculoskeletal system of humans. Biology open bio-014381. Published, 10/2015.
  • Horns, J., R. Jung and D. R. Carrier. (2015). In vitro strain in human metacarpal bones during striking: testing the pugilism hypothesis of hominin hand evolution. Journal of Experimental Biology 218, 3215-3221. Published, 08/2015.
  • David R. Carrier and Michael H. Morgan Biological Reviews Volume 90, Issue 1, pages 330–346, February 2015. Published, 02/2015.
  • Carrier, D. R., Anders, C. and Schilling, N. 2011. The musculoskeletal system of humans is not tuned to maximize the economy of locomotion. PNAS doi: 10.1073/pnas.1105277108. Published, 11/07/2011.
  • Carrier, D. R. 2011. The advantage of standing up to fight and the evolution of habitual bipedalism in hominins. PLoS ONE 6(5): e19630. doi:10.1371/ journal.pone.0019630. Published, 05/18/2011.
  • Walter, R. M. and Carrier, D. R. 2011. Effects of fore-aft body mass distribution on acceleration in dogs. J. Exp. Biol. 214, 1763-1772. Published, 05/15/2011.

Research Statement

My research is focused on understanding the ways in which biomechanics has influenced the evolution of vertebrates. I have longstanding and continuing interests in the ontogeny of the musculoskeletal system; integration of locomotion and ventilation; ventilatory mechanisms; and limb biomechanics. Recently, I have become increasingly interested in anatomical specialization for aggressive behavior. My emphasis has been on 

  1. understanding functional tradeoffs between specialization for rapid and economical running versus specialization for aggressive behavior, and
  2. the role that aggressive behavior has played in the evolution of the musculoskeletal system of great apes and hominins.

Presentations

  • University of New Orleans, Department of Biological Sciences. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 04/2018.
  • University of California, Irvine, Center for Exercise Medicine and Sport Science. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 02/2018.
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology Society, Annual Conference, Plenary Speaker. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 05/2017.
  • Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2016. Invited Talk/Keynote, Presented, 11/01/2016.