May 2-3, 2022

Duke University

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Registration ($50, payable by cash or check upon arrival) includes access to all talks, methods demonstrations, and catered coffee hours, lunches, and opening & closing receptions.

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Accommodations: Hilton Garden Inn Durham/University Medical Center

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All events in Penn Pavilion


 8:30 – 8:50  Arrival, coffee

8:50 – 9:00  Welcome & Introduction – Herman Pontzer

9:00 – 10:00  Keynote Address – Amy Luke – Measuring Energy Metabolism Across the Epidemiologic Transition: Methods, Strengths and Challenges from the Field

10:00 – 10:15  McGrosky et al. – Energy expenditure and water turnover in a pastoralist population

10:15 – 10:30 Kraft et al. – The energetics of uniquely human subsistence strategies


 10:30 – 10:45  Break


Session 1 – Methods: Doubly Labeled Water, Respirometry, Accelerometry

10:45 – 11:30  Ed Melanson – Some Like it Hot: Estrogen and Brown Fat Activity in Women

11:30 – 11:45  Ravelli et al. – Probability of failure in reaching isotopic equilibrium in urine specimens of older adults

11:45 – 12:00  Shkurovich et al. – Anticipatory Energy Expenditure in Mice


12:00 – 1:00  Lunch


Session 2 – Application: Lifestyle, Metabolism & Health

1:00 – 1:45  Dale Schoeller – The role of sleep in weight management

1:45 – 2:00  Flanagan et al. – Energy compensation and metabolic adaptation in response to aerobic exercise training

2:00 – 2:15  Whittle et al. – Persistent hypermetabolism and longitudinal energy expenditure in critically ill patients with COVID-19

2:15 – 2:30  Bobba-Alves et al. – Modeling the Energetic Cost of Stress Adaptation in Human Cells


2:30 – 2:45  Break


Session 3 – Application: Field Settings

2:45 – 3:30  Sam Urlacher – The Evolutionary Energetics of Childhood

3:30 – 3:45  Greenwald et al. – Infant Carrying Technology and Maternal Foraging Efficiency

3:45 – 4:00  Shandhi & Dunn – Cardiorespiratory Fitness Monitoring Using Wearables

4:00 – 4:05  (lightning) Ballare et al. – Ecological and energetic correlates of cultural behavior in wild western Ugandan chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii)


4:15 – 6:00  Poster Session & Happy Hour



All events in Penn Pavilion unless noted


8:30 – 8:50  Arrival, coffee

8:50 – 9:00  Welcome & Introduction – Herman Pontzer


9:00 – 9:45  John Speakman — Did declining physical activity in the last 35 years help to fuel the obesity epidemic?


Session 4.1 – Application: Life History

9:45 – 10:00  Gesquiere et al. (presented by Alberts) – The energetic consequences of living in a highly seasonal environment

10:00 – 10:15  Schrock & Sadhir et al. – Energetics and neuroendocrinology of maternal investment in lemurs

10:15 – 10:20  (lightning) Adjangba et al. – Sex-biased investment: Measuring energy expenditure in baboon mothers


10:20 – 10:45  Break


Session 4.2 – Application: Life History

10:45 – 11:30  Leanne Redman – An Energetics Assessment of Human Pregnancy and Aging

11:30 – 11:45  Finkel et al. – Old male chimpanzees decrease energetically expensive behaviors and maintain energy balance at Ngogo, Kibale National Park, Uganda

11:45 – 12:00  Salomons et al. – Age-related metabolic decline in humans & bottlenose dolphins

12:00 – 12:05  (lightning) Schultz et al. – Beyond Nutrition and Activity: proposing demographic-specific energy expenditure analysis for western lowland gorillas (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) in North American Zoos

12:15 – 1:15 Lunch


Session 5 – Application: Climate and adaptive variation

1:15 – 2:00  Cara Ocobock – Physiological Cold-climate Adaptations Among Reindeer Herders from Sub-Arctic Finland

2:00 – 2:15  Sarma et al. – Energy expenditure and neuroendocrine response when acclimatizing to novel and challenging environments

2:15 – 2:30  Niclou et al. – Brown adipose tissue is metabolically activated at wide temperature range in Samoans


2:30 – 4:30  Energetic Lab Tour & Hands-On Demonstrations

Doubly Labeled Water, Respirometry, Metabolic Chamber, Accelerometry


4:30 – 4:45  Closing Remarks: Pontzer


5:00 – 6:00  Closing Reception (French Science Center Patio)




Chair in Zoology, The School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen

Amy Luke, PhD

Professor, Public Health Sciences; Director of Community and Global Health Research, Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health, Loyola University Chicago

Ed Melanson, PhD

Professor, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus; Director, Energy Metabolism Lab

Cara Ocobock, PhD

Assistant Professor, University of Notre Dame
Director, Human Energetics Laboratory; Fellow, Eck Institute for Global Health; Fellow, Institute for Educational Initiatives; Concurrent Faculty, Department of Gender Studies

Leanne Redman, PhD, MS

Professor; Director, Reproductive Endocrinology and Women’s Health Laboratory; Co-Scientific Director, Energy Metabolism Core Laboratory, Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Samuel Urlacher, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology, Baylor University
Director, Human Biology and Health Lab; Co-Director, Shuar Health and Life History Project; CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar, Child and Brain Development Program


NSF, Triangle Center for Evolutionary Medicine (TriCEM), Sable Systems International, COSMED USA, Inc.


More Information: If you’re interested in attending, or in receiving further updates regarding workshop, email Dr. Amanda McGrosky (amanda.mcgrosky@duke.edu).