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In Press: Best, A. Why does strength training improve endurance performance? American Journal of Human Biology.

Best, A., Lieberman, D. E., & Kamilar, J. M. (2019). Diversity and evolution of human eccrine sweat gland density. Journal of Thermal Biology.

Best, A. and Kamilar, J.M. (2018).  The evolution of eccrine sweat glands in human and nonhuman primates. Journal of Human Evolution, 117(4), 33- 43.

Best A, Holt B, Troy K, Hamill J (2017). Trabecular bone in the calcaneus of runners. PLoS ONE12(11): e0188200.

Best, A., & Braun, B. (2017). Using a novel data resource to explore heart rate during mountain and road running. Physiological Reports, 5(8), e13256.


Godfrey, L. R., Crowley, B. E., Muldoon, K. M., Kelley, E. A., King, S. J., Best, A. W. and Berthaume, M. A. (2016), What did Hadropithecus eat, and why should paleoanthropologists care?. American Journal of Primatology, 78: 1098–1112. doi:10.1002/ajp.22506  

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I'm Drew - a high school biology teacher and endurance athlete who decided to become a scientist. I am currently a PhD candidate in biological anthropology at the University of Massachusetts where I study human evolutionary physiology.


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