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Year Started at JMU: 2001
Contact Info

Research Description

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.

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

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  • PhD, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • MA, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • BA, University of Virginia
Select Publications
  • 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.

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