Applied Exercise Science Laboratory

Administrative Research Center, Room A53

3100 Marine Street, Room A53
Administrative Research Center, 554 UCB
Boulder, CO 80309-0554
Lab Phone: 303-735-0358
Fax: 303-735-4125

Research Interests

  • The focus of the Applied Exercise Science Laboratory (AESL) is to examine
    changes associated with long- and short-term physical activity and to determine
    the role of these changes in improving health and athletic performance.


  • Director: William C. Byrnes, Ph.D.
  • Doctoral Students: Eric Homestead, James Peterman, Jesse Goodrich.
  • Masters Students: Alex Cross, Sewan Kim.
  • BA/MS Students: Kalee Morris.
  • Undergraduate Students: Lauren Davis, Nicholas Milburn, Jenna Turner, Nancy Best, Mackenzie Whitcomb, Uma Hatangadi.
  • Collaborators: Rodger Kram, Ph.D., Locomotion Laboratory, University of Colorado Boulder; David Allen, Ph.D., Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, University of Colorado Boulder; Edward Melanson, Ph.D., Division of Endocrinology, Metabolism, and Diabetes, University of Colorado - School of Medicine; Randall Wilber, Ph.D., Performance Services, United States Olympic Committee; Walter Schmidt, Ph.D. and Nadine Wachsmth, Ph.D., Department of Sports Medicine, University of Bayreuth, Germany; Kenneth P. Wright Jr., Ph.D., Sleep and Chronobiology Laboratory, University of Colorado at Boulder.
Measuring the energetics of load-carrying in Nepal

Current Research Projects

  • To investigate how interventions that promote physical activity and limit sedentary sitting impact cardiometabolic risk factors.
  • To examine the factors that influence the energetics of exercise.
  • To investigate hemoglobin mass adaptations to short-term environmental perturbations.
  • To investigate the role of connective tissue in exercise-induced muscle damage and repair in humans.
  • To examine interactions between hemoglobin mass, arterial oxygen saturation, and maximal oxygen uptake.
  • To investigate the role of airflow resistance on physiological responses during exercise.


Recent Publications