Professor of Biology

B.A. - University of Virginia
M.A. - State University of New York at Stony Brook
Ph.D. - State University of New York at Stony Brook


Phone - 540-568-6930
Fax - 540-568-3333
Office - Bioscience 2016C

Office Hours

Courses:   Human Anatomy (BIO 290), Forensic Anatomy (BIO 325), Advanced Human Anatomy (BIO 410), Clinical Anatomy for Physician Assistants (BIO 413/513), Biomechanics (BIO 490)


Research Interests:  Biomechanics.  Functional morphology and biomechanics of the primate hindlimb.

I am interested in the functional morphology and biomechanics of the primate hindlimb and the processes by which animals use and adapt to different locomotor regimes and substrates. I am investigate the evolution of bipedalism, by studying the relationship between form and function in modern primate feet in order to reconstruct behavior in fossil specimens.  I also have clinical interests in diabetic foot problems and athletic footwear, particularly in understanding the etiology of plantar ulceration and overuse injuries and developing strategies for early detection and prevention.

2017    Wunderlich, R.E. and *Ischinger, S.B.  Foot use during vertical climbing in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes). Journal of Human Evolution, 109, 1-10.

2016    Hatala, K. G., Wunderlich, R. E., Dingwall, H. L., & Richmond, B. G. Interpreting locomotor biomechanics from the morphology of human footprints. Journal of human evolution, 90, 38-48.

2016    Vereecke, Evie E., and Roshna E. Wunderlich. "Experimental Research on Hand Use and Function in Primates." The Evolution of the Primate Hand. Springer New York, 2016. 259-284.

2014    Wunderlich, R.E., A. Tongen, *J. Gardiner, C.E. Miller, D. Schmitt.  Dynamics of locomotor transitions from arboreal to terrestrial substrates in Verreaux’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi).  Integrative and Comparative Biology.  doi:10.1093/icb/icu110

2013    *Hatala, K.G., *H.L. Dingwall, R.E. Wunderlich, B.G. Richmond.  The relationship between plantar pressure and footprint shape.  Journal of Human Evolution.

2013    *Dingwall, H.L., *Hatala, K.G., R.E. Wunderlich, B.G. Richmond. Hominin stature, body mass, and walking speed estimates based on 1.5 million-year-old fossil footprints at Ileret, Kenya.  Journal of Human Evolution.

2013    *Hatala, K.G., *H.L. Dingwall, R.E. Wunderlich, B.G. Richmond. Variation in Foot Strike Patterns among Habitually Barefoot Runners. PLOS One.

2011    Wunderlich, R.E., R.R. Lawler, *A. Williams.  Field and experimental approaches to the study of locoomotor ontogeny in Propithecus verreauxi.  Primate Locomotion: Linking In Situ and Ex Situ Research, editors: K D’Août & EE Vereecke, 135-153.

2010    Tongen, A., R.E. Wunderlich.  Biomechanics of Running and Walking. Mathematics and Sports, 43.

2010    Brazen, D.M.*, M.K. Todd, R.E. Wunderlich, C. Peterson, J.P. Ambegaokar. The effect of lower body fatigue on knee joint stability in collegiate athletes: A gender comparison.  Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine 20(4): 286-292.

2010      Kivell, T.L., D. Schmitt, R.E. Wunderlich.  Hand and foot pressures in the aye-aye (Daubentonia madagascariensis) reveal novel solutions to the problem of walking on gracile hands. Journal of Experimental Biology 213(9): 1549-57.

2010      Patel, B.A., R.E. Wunderlich. Dynamic pressure patterns in the hands of olive baboons (Papio anubis) during terrestrial locomotion: Implications for cercopithecoid primate hand morphology. Journal of Anatomy 293(4): 710-718.

2009     Jungers, W.L., W. E. H. Harcourt-Smith, R. E. Wunderlich, M. W. Tocheri, S. G. Larson, T. Sutikna, Rhokus Awe Due & M. J. Morwood.  The foot of Homo floriesiensis.  Nature 459(7243): 81-84.

2009    Wunderlich, R.E. and W.L. Jungers.  Manual pressures during knuckle-walking in chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes).  American Journal of Physical Anthropology 139(3): 394-403.

2007    Wunderlich, R.E. and J.C. Schaum*. Kinematics of bipedalism in Propithecus verreauxi.  Journal of Zoology Vol. 272 (2): 165- 175.

2005    Jungers, W.L., P. Lemelin, L.R. Godfrey, R.E. Wunderlich, D.A. Burney, E.L. Simons, P.S. Chatrath, H.F. James, G.F.N. Randria.  The hands and feet of Archaeolemur: metrical affinities and their functional significance.  Journal of Human Evolution 49: 36-55.

2002      Bus, S., Q.X. Yang, J.H. Wang, M.B. Smith, R.E. Wunderlich, P.R. Cavanagh.  Intrinsic muscle atrophy in the feet of people with diabetic neuropathy: An MRI study.  Diabetes Care 25(8): 1444-1450.

2001      Jungers, W.L., L.R. Godfrey, E.L. Simons, R.E. Wunderlich, B.G. Richmond, P.S. Chatrath.  Ecomorphology and Behavior of Giant Extinct Lemurs from Madagascar.  In Reconstructing Behavior in the Primate Fossil Record, Plenum Press, 371-411.

2000    Wunderlich, R.E., P.R. Cavanagh.  Gender differences in adult foot shape: implications for shoe design.  Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 33(4): 605-611.

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