Human Biology Association · SoS 175- Dr. Alison Murray: Bones, puberty, and activity levels in human females

Dr. Alison Murray joins Chris and Cara to discuss how activity levels during puberty have lifelong effects on bone structure in human females.


Dr. Murray’s research examines the evolutionary and behavioral mechanisms shaping variations in human bone and body composition, as well as sex differences within it. To do so, she/they combine the study of archaeological skeletal remains with engineering-based musculoskeletal computer modeling and the experimental study of living humans, including athletes and control subjects.

Her paper discussed on today’s show, titled “Tibial cortical and trabecular variables together can pinpoint the timing of impact loading relative to menarche in premenopausal females,” can be found here:

Follow Dr. Murray @ali_murray & Dr. Murray’s research group @PhaseUVIC on Twitter


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