Chatham University

Biology Faculty and Staff

Kevin Hatala, Ph.D.

Kevin Hatala, Ph.D.

k.hatala@chatham.edu
Assistant Professor of Biology
Joined Chatham : 2016

Academic Areas of Interest

Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Anatomy, Biomechanics, Paleontology

Education

  • Ph.D., Human Paleobiology, The George Washington University (Washington, DC)
  • B.S., Biological Anthropology & Anatomy (Minor: Chemistry), Duke University (Durham, NC)

Publications

  • Hatala KG, Roach NT, Ostrofsky KR, Wunderlich RE, Dingwall HL, Villmoare BA, Green DJ, Braun DR, Harris JWK, Behrensmeyer AK, Richmond BG (2017). Hominin track assemblages from Okote Member deposits near Ileret, Kenya and their implications for understanding fossil hominin paleobiology at 1.5 Ma. Journal of Human Evolution. doi: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.08.013.
  • Key AJM, Dunmore CJ, Hatala KG, Williams-Hatala EM (2017). Flake morphology as a record of manual pressure during stone tool production. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 12, 43-53.
  • Hatala KG, Demes B, Richmond BG (2016). Laetoli footprints reveal bipedal gait biomechanics different from those of modern humans and chimpanzees. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 283, 20160235.
  • Hatala KG, Roach NT, Ostrofsky K, Wunderlich RE, Dingwall HL, Villmoare BA, Green DJ, Harris JWK, Braun DR, Richmond BG (2016). Footprints preserve direct evidence of group behavior and locomotion in Homo erectus. Scientific Reports 6, 28766.
  • Hatala KG, Wunderlich RE, Dingwall HL, Richmond BG (2016). Interpreting locomotor biomechanics from the morphology of human footprints. Journal of Human Evolution 90, 38-48.
  • Roach NT, Hatala KG, Ostrofsky K, Villmoare BA, Reeves JS, Du A, Braun DR, Harris JWK, Behrensmeyer AK, Richmond BG (2016). Pleistocene footprints show intensive use of lake margin habitats by Homo erectus groups. Scientific Reports 6, 26374.
  • Williams-Hatala EM, Hatala KG, Hiles S, Rabey KN (2016). Morphology of muscle attachment sites in the modern human hand does not reflect muscle architecture. Scientific Reports 6, 28353.
  • Jungers WL, Grabowski MW, Hatala KG, Richmond BG (2016). The evolution of body size and shape in the human career. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 371, 20150247.
  • Liutkus CM, Zimmer BW, Carmichael SK, McIntosh W, Deino A, Hewitt SM, McGinnis KJ, Brett J, Mana S, Deocampo D, Richmond BG, Hatala KG, Harcourt-Smith WEH, Pobiner BL, Metallo A, Rossi V (2016). Radioisotopic age, formation, and preservation of late Pleistocene Homo sapiens footprints at Engare Sero, Tanzania. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 463, 68-82.
  • Grabowski MW, Hatala KG, Jungers WL, Richmond BG (2015). Body mass estimates of hominin fossils and the evolution of human body size. Journal of Human Evolution 85, 75-93.
  • Hatala KG, Dingwall HL, Wunderlich RE, Richmond BG (2013). The relationship between plantar pressure and footprint shape. Journal of Human Evolution 65, 21-28.
  • Hatala KG, Dingwall HL, Wunderlich RE, Richmond BG (2013). Variation in foot strike patterns during running among habitually barefoot populations. PLoS One 8(1), e52548.
  • Dingwall HL, Hatala KG, Wunderlich RE, Richmond BG (2013). Hominin stature, body mass, and walking speed estimates based on 1.5 million-year-old fossil footprints at Ileret, Kenya. Journal of Human Evolution 64, 556-568.

Awards

  • NSF SBE Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellowship (PI) - Computer science meets anthropology: a novel approach to reconstructing locomotion from fossil hominin footprints (2014-16). Amount: $202,470.
  • NSF DDIG (co-PI) - Fossil footprints and the dynamics of footprint formation: Implications for the evolution of human gait (2012-14). Amount: $14,925.
  • Wenner-Gren Foundation, Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (PI) - A novel experimentally-based investigation of Plio-Pleistocene fossil hominin footprints (2012-14). Amount: $9,142.
  • The Leakey Foundation, General Research Grant (co-PI) - Fossil hominin footprints and the dynamics of footprint formation (2012-14). Amount: $9,000.
  • Evolving Earth Foundation, Research Grant (PI) - A snapshot of the anatomy, locomotion, and social behavior of early modern humans as evidenced by fossil footprints at Engare Sero, Tanzania (2012). Amount: $2,457.

Organizations

Presentations

  • Presentations from past 3 years (2015-17):
  • Hatala KG, Williams-Hatala EM, Scibilia T, Hiles S, Rabey KN. Problems in predicting anatomy and inferring behavior from the gross morphology of the flexor pollicis longus insertion site. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162 (S64), 212 (2017).
  • Brown P, Hatala KG, Dingwall HL, Richmond BG, Wunderlich RE. Foot structure and function in habitually unshod children. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Undergraduate Research Symposium, New Orleans, LA (2017).
  • Williams-Hatala EM, Hatala KG, Gordon M, Kasper M, Kivell TL. The biomechanics of stone tool behaviors and implications for the evolution of the human hand. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162 (S64), 411 (2017).
  • Du A, Zipkin AM, Hatala KG, Renner E, Baker JL, Bianchi S, Bernal KH, Wood BA. A taxonomic scale-explicit analysis of brain size evolution in the hominin clade. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162 (S64), 166 (2017).
  • Rabey KN, Moskal R, Hatala KG, Williams-Hatala EM. Up-Goer Five: The relationship between the soft pink things and the hard white things. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 162 (S64), 324 (2017).
  • Hatala KG, Perry D, Gatesy SM. Wading, and seeing, through mud: A biplanar x-ray study of human foot motion and footprint formation within deformable substrates. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159 (S62), 169-170 (2016).
  • Perry D, Hatala KG, Gatesy SM. Paleoanthropology in motion: Using x-rays to study subsurface foot motion during human footprint formation. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Undergraduate Research Symposium, Atlanta, GA (2016).
  • Roach NT, Hatala KG, Ostrofsky K, Villmoare B, Reeves J, Du A, Braun DR, Harris JWK, Behrensmeyer AK, Richmond BG. Homo erectus paleoecology and behavior based on 1.5 million year old footprints from northwestern Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 159 (S62), 270 (2016).
  • Williams-Hatala EM, Key A, Stephens NB, Hatala KG, Kivell T. Predictions for an osteological signature of stone tool behaviors in hard tissue anatomy. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Atlanta, GA (2016).
  • Behrensmeyer AK, Du A, Villasenor A, Patterson D, Richmond BG, Hatala KG, Roach NT. Hominins in context – paleogeography and ecology of the Okote Member, Koobi Fora Formation, East Turkana. PaleoAnthropology 2016, A3-A4 (2016).
  • Hatala KG, Richmond BG. Earliest direct evidence of modern human-like foot function from 1.5 Ma hominin footprints at Ileret, Kenya. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156 (S60), 160 (2015).
  • Grabowski MW, Hatala KG, Jungers WL, Richmond BG. Did an increase in body size play a role in the origin of Homo? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156 (S60), 150 (2015).
  • Roach NT, Hatala KG, Ostrofsky KR, Behrensmeyer AK, Reeves J, Richmond BG. Hominin paleoecology and land use based on 1.5 Ma footprint surfaces at Ileret, Kenya. PaleoAnthropology 2015, A28 (2015).
  • Richmond BG, Roach NT, Hatala KG, Ostrofsky K, Behrensmeyer AK, Bobe R, Braun DR, Reeves J, Kiura P, Villmoare BA. What can footprint assemblages tell us about early hominin habitat preferences and social behavior? American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156 (S60), 266-267 (2015).
  • Richmond BG, Roach NT, Hatala KG, Ostrofsky K, Behrensmeyer AK, Reeves J, Bobe R, Kiura P, Harris JWK, Braun DR. Hominin paleoecology and use of lake margin environments in the early Pleistocene. Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution, London, UK (2015).
  • Villmoare BA, Grabowski MW, Roach NT, Hatala KG, Williams-Hatala EM. Facing the facts: Foods versus fists. A test of the Carrier and Morgan adaptive model for early hominin cranial structure. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 156 (S60), 313-314 (2015).
  • Williams-Hatala EM, Hiles S, Hatala KG, Rabey KN. Relationships between muscle architectural anatomy and the morphology of entheses in the thenar and hypothenar regions of modern humans. Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, St. Louis, MO (2015).
  • Behrensmeyer AK, Du A, Villasenor A, Patterson D, Richmond BG, Hatala KG, Roach NT. Evidence for shifting base levels and climatic vs. tectonic controls on the fossil record of the Okote Member, Koobi Fora Formation, East Turkana. Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, Baltimore, MD (2015).