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.

 

You can reach me at: 

abest@umass.edu

 

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Strava/Mountain Running Project

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I'm interested in exercise physiology insofar as it relates to evolutionary questions.  But, I'm also keen on the science of mountain running specifically, as a hobby of sorts. In 2017 I published a side project with Dr. Barry Braun of Colorado State University using the social media service Strava to investigate the physiology of mountain running (full text here ).

 

Here is a short list of papers dealing with the science of mountain running.  Many of these are cited in my paper linked above. 

 

Comparison of Level and Graded Treadmill Tests to Evaluate Endurance Mountain Runners

 

Performance factors in a mountain ultramarathon

 

The metabolic costs of walking and running up a 30-degree incline: implications for vertical kilometer foot races

 

Postural position and architectural foot modifications during Mountain Ultra-Marathon

 

Energetics of vertical kilometer foot races; is steeper cheaper?

 

Glycogen Utilization in Leg Muscles of Men during Level and Uphill Running

 

Lower extremity muscle activation during horizontal and uphill running

 

Linear decrease in VO2‐max and performance with increasing altitude in endurance athletes.

 

Short Trail Running Race: Beyond the Classic Model for Endurance Running Performance. (blog summary here )