Marcella J. Myers

Professor of Biology, Carondelet Scholar, Director of the Women's Health Integrative Research Center

<div class="line" id="line-1"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 100%;">I am a Professor in the Department of Biology at St. Catherine University and Faculty Senate President-Elect. I am also a Carondelet Scholar and Director of the Women's Health Integrative Research (WHIR) Center. I work in the areas of physiology and physical anthropology (PhD from UW-Madison), with a particular focus on the locomotor physiology and biomechanics of humans in contemporary as well as early human populations. I teach Comparative Physiology, Measuring Human Locomotion, Biology of Women, and Sophomore and Senior Seminar.</span></div> <div class="line" id="line-3"><br></div> <div class="line" id="line-5"><span style="font-family: Arial; font-size: 100%;">My research is done collaboratively with undergraduate students and immerses them in all aspects of the experimental process: protocol design, data collection, analysis, and publishing and presenting results. My research looks at factors influencing the metabolic cost of walking and running in humans, particularly while carrying “loads” (children, belly fat, backpacks, or during pregnancy). Recently, my collaborators and I have focused on the energy flux in females and their offspring, including thermoregulation in mothers and their infants and the costs of carrying infants and toddlers. Through my work at the WHIR Center we are also studying a novel gait training device aimed at improving walking speed and symmetry in elders.</span></div>
Department
Biology
Research Interest
Biological Anthropology;
Walking Energetics;
Falls Prevention;
Walking Speed;
Child-carrying;
Women