Kristi Lewton is a biological anthropologist and evolutionary anatomist, and is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Lewton received her PhD in anthropology from Arizona State University under the Institute of Human Origins faculty, and went on to be a Preceptor in Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, where she conducted research in the Skeletal Biology Laboratory.
Dr. Lewton’s research focuses on the evolution of primate locomotor systems. She studies the anatomy and biomechanics of human and non-human primate hindlimbs to understand the evolution of these structures, integrating both comparative morphometric and experimental approaches. Her current work focuses on identifying adaptations to locomotion in the pelvis; examining patterns of integration, modularity, and evolvability of the pelvic girdle in primates, carnivores, and mice; and investigating the relationship between pelvic anatomy and metabolic cost of locomotion in humans.