Dr. Andrew Best

Assistant Professor, Biology

Andrew Best
(413) 662-5158
Center for Science & Innovation 225C


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, 2021

M.A., University of Massachusetts, 2016

M.A., Quinnipiac University, 2006

B.A., Saint Michael’s College, 2004

Courses Taught

BIOL 101: Biology Seminar for Majors

BIOL 330-01: Journal Article Discussion

BIOL 342: Anatomy and Physiology I

BIOL343: Anatomy and Physiology II

BIOL 330: Journal Article Discussion

BIOL 440: Exercise Physiology

BIOL 484: Biomechanics

Research Interests

I am a biological anthropologist asking evolutionary questions about human physiology. Specifically I am interested in the role of sweating in human evolution; variation in sweat characteristics in contemporary human populations; and the evolution of human metabolism, including energetic limits to endurance performance. More information about my research projects can be found on my personal website.



(for a current list, see Google Scholar or my website)

Best, A. (2021). Why does strength training improve endurance performance? American Journal of Human Biology.

Dorshorst, T., Gold, C., & Best, A. (2021). The 90th annual meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists. Evolutionary Anthropology: Issues, News, and Reviews, 30(4), 230-232.

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