Kristen Ramirez

Department of Anthropology The Graduate Center City University of New York


B.S. 2013, George Washington University




Overview of Research

My dissertation aims to address the evolution of suspensory behaviors in hominoids, and to understand the mode and capability of arboreality in early hominins. My research plan combines biomechanical experimentation with comparative osteological study to test the form-function relationship between hand morphology and body proportions, and suspensory capabilities.


Ramirez, K.R. (2016). Up in Arms: Early primate proximal ulnae show affinities with non- quadrupedal, non-primate mammalian taxa. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 159, Supp. 62: 263. [abstract]

Leung, W., Shaffer, CD., Reed, LK., Smith, ST., Barshop, W.,… Ramirez, K.,…Elgin, SC. (2015). Drosophila Muller F elements maintain a distinct set of genomic properties over 40 million years of evolution. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics DOI: 10.1534/g3.114.015966

Ramirez, K.R. and Pontzer, H. (2015). Estimates of fossil hominin quadriceps physiological cross sectional area from patellar dimensions. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 156, Supp. 60: 261. [abstract]

Ramirez, K. and B. G. Richmond. (2013) Analysis of Daasanach growth in relation to ecology and subsistence strategy. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Committee on Diversity, Undergraduate Research Symposium online supplement to the 82nd Annual Meeting, Pg. 31-32. [abstract]

Schroer, K., K. Ramirez, B. Wood. (2013) Mandibular premolar morphology is correlated with mechanically challenging diets in sympatric primates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 150, Supp. 56: 246. [abstract]