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Christopher Vinyard Ph.D.

Professor of Anatomy

Graduate Faculty Advsg Status College of Graduate Studies



Phone: (330)325-6279

Location: D-104



1999                    Northwestern University
Ph.D., Evolutionary Biology-Integrated Graduate Program in Life Sciences

1994                    Northern Illinois University
M.A. Anthropology

1992                    Wofford College, Spartanburg S.C.
B.A. History and Sociology

Professional Experience

2011 - Present   Northeast Ohio Medical University
Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

2008 - 2011        Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology

2004 - 2008        Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine 
Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy

1998 - 2003        Duke University Medical Center
Research Associate, Department of Biological Anthropology and Anatomy

Research Interests

Functional and Evolutionary Morphology of the Mammalian Skull
Behavioral and Physiological Ecology of Feeding in Primates
The Genetic Architecture of Musculoskeletal Traits

Recent Publications

Dr. Vinyard's publications listed in PubMed

Journal Articles:

Williams, S.H., Vinyard, C.J., Wall, C.E., Doherty, A.H., Crompton, A.W. and W.L. Hylander  (2011) A preliminary analysis of correlated evolution in mammalian chewing motor  patterns. Integ. Comp. Biol. 51: 247-259.

Wall, C.E., Vinyard, C.J., Williams, S.H., Gapeyev,V., Liu, X., Lapp, H., German, R.Z. (2011)  Overview of the Feeding Experiments End-user Database (FEED).  Integ. Comp. Biol.  51:215-223.

Vinyard, C.J., Williams, S.H., Wall, C.E., Doherty, A.H., Crompton, A.W. and W.L. Hylander  (2011) A preliminary analysis of correlations between chewing motor patterns and  mandibular morphology across mammals.  Integ. Comp. Biol. 51:215-223.

Vinyard, C.J., Taylor, A.B., Teaford, M.F., Glander, K.E., Ravosa, M.J., Rossie, J.B., Ryan,  T.M., Williams, S.H. (2011) Are we looking for loads in all the right places? New  research directions for studying the masticatory apparatus of New World monkeys. Anat.  Rec. 294:2140-2157.

Vinyard, C.J., Glander, K.E., Teaford, M.F., Thompson, C.L., Deffenbaugh, M. and S.H.  Williams (2012) Methods for developing an ecological physiology of feeding in free- ranging howling monkeys (Alouatta palliata) at La Pacifica, Costa Rica. Int. J. Primatol.  In press.

Doherty, A.H., Frampton, J.D. and C.J. Vinyard (2012) Hibernation does not reduce bone cross-section or negatively impact load resistance in woodchucks (Marmota monax). J.  Morphol. In press.

Çakır, E., Koç H.,Vinyard, C.J., Essick, G., Daubert, C.R., Drake, M.A., and E.A. Foegeding  (2012) Evaluation of texture changes due compositional differences using oral  processing. J. Text. Stud. In press.

Çakır, E., Vinyard, C.J., Essick, G., Daubert, C.R., Drake, M.A., and E.A. Foegeding (2012)  Interrelations among food structure, texture preception and oral processing. Food  Hydrocolloids. In press.

Thompson, C.L., Jackson, E.M., Stimpson, C.D., Horne, W.I. and C.J. Vinyard (2011) The  influence of experimental manipulations on chewing speed during in vivo laboratory  research in tufted capuchins (Cebus apella).  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 145:402-414.

Hylander, W.L., Vinyard, C.J., Wall, C.E., Williams, S.H. and K.R. Johnson (2011) Functional  and evolutionary significance of the recruitment and firing patterns of the jaw adductors during chewing in Verreauxi’s sifaka (Propithecus verreauxi). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 145:531-547.

Hogg, R., Ravosa, M.J., Ryan, T.M. and C.J. Vinyard (2011) The functional morphology of the anterior masticatory apparatus in tree-gouging marmosets (Cebidae, Primates). J. Morphol. 272:833-849.

Foegeding E.A., Daubert C.R., Drake M.A., Essick G., Trulsson M., Vinyard C.J., and F. van de Velde (2011) A comprehensive approach to understanding textural properties of  semi- and soft-solid foods. J. Text. Studies. 42:103-129.

Çakır, E., Daubert, C.R., Drake, M.A., Vinyard, C.J., Essick, G. and E.A. Foegeding (2011) The  effect of microstructure on the sensory perception and textural characteristics of whey protein/κ-carrageenan mixed gels. Food Hydrocolloids. 26:33-43.

Armfield B.A., George J.C., Vinyard C.J. and J.G.M. Thewissen (2011) Allometric patterns of fetal head growth in odontocetes and mysticetes: Comparison of Balaena mysticetus and Stenella attenuata. Marine Mammal. Sci. 27: 819-827.

Yamashita N., Tan C.L., Vinyard C.J. and C. Williams (2010) Semi-quantitative tests of cyanide foods and excreta of three Hapalemur species in Madagascar. Am. J. Primatol. 72:56-61.

Vinyard C.J., and A.B. Taylor (2010) A preliminary analysis of the relationship between jaw-muscle architecture and jaw-muscle electromyography during chewing across  primates. Anat. Rec. 293:572-582.

Ryan T.M., Colbert M., Ketcham R.A., and C.J. Vinyard (2010) Trabecular bone structure in the mandibular condyles of gouging and non-gouging platyrrhine primates. Am. J.  Phys. Anthropol. 141:583-593.

Armfield B.A., and C.J. Vinyard (2010) An interspecific analysis of relative jaw-joint height in primates. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 142:519-530.

Zhang Y., Brodell R.T., Mostow E.N., Vinyard C.J. and H. Marie (2009) In vivo skin elastography with high definition optical videos. Skin Res. Tech. 15:271-282.

Yamashita N., Vinyard C.J., and C.L. Tan (2009) Food mechanical properties in three sympatric species of Hapalemur in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Am. J. Phys.  Anthropol. 139:368-381.

Wright B.W., Wright K.A., Chalk J., Verderane M.P., Fragaszy D., Visalberghi E., Izar P., Ottoni E.B., Constantino P., and C.J. Vinyard (2009) Fallback foraging as a way of life:  using dietary toughness to compare the fallback signal among capuchins and implications  for interpreting morphological variation. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 140:687-699.

Williams S.H., Vinyard C.J., Wall C.E. and W.L. Hylander (2009) An in vivo analysis of mandibular corpus bone strain in goats and alpacas: Implications for understanding the  biomechanics of mandibular form in selenodont artiodactyls. J. Anat. 214:65-78.

Taylor A.B. and C.J. Vinyard (2009) Jaw-muscle fiber architecture in tufted capuchins favors generating relatively large muscle forces without compromising jaw gape. J.  Hum. Evol. 57:710-720.

Taylor A.B., Eng C.M., Anapol F.C., and C.J. Vinyard (2009) The functional correlates of  jaw-muscle fiber architecture in tree-gouging and nongouging callitrichid monkeys. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 139:353-367.

Eng C.M., Ward S.R., Vinyard C.J., and A.B. Taylor (2009) The mechanics of the masticatory apparatus facilitate muscle force production at wide jaw gapes in tree- gouging common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). J. Exp. Biol. 212:4040-4055.

Williams S.H., Vinyard C.J., Glander K.E., Deffenbaugh M., Teaford M. and C.L. Thompson  (2008) A preliminary report on a telemetry system for assessing jaw-muscle function in  free-ranging primates. Int. J. Primatol. 29:1441-1453.

Vinyard C.J., Yamashita, N. and C. Tan (2008) Linking laboratory and field approaches in  studying the evolutionary physiology of biting in bamboo lemurs. Int. J. Primatol.  29:1421-1439.

Vinyard C.J., Wall C.E., Williams S.H. and W.L. Hylander (2008) Patterns of variation in jaw-muscle electromyography during mastication across primates. Integ. Comp. Biol.  48:294-311.

Vinyard C.J. and B.A. Payseur (2008) Of ‘mice’ and mammals: Utilizing classical inbred mice to study the genetic architecture of function and performance in mammals. Integ. Comp. Biol. 48:324-327.

Williams S.H., Vinyard C.J., Wall C.E. and W.L. Hylander (2007) Masticatory motor patterns in ungulates: A quantitative assessment of the Triplet model. J. Exp. Zool. Part  A: Comp. Exp. Biol. 307A:226-240.

Vinyard C.J. (2007) An interspecific analysis of covariance structure in the masticatory apparatus of galagos. Am. J. Primatol. 69:46-58.

Serrat M.A., Vinyard C.J. and D. King (2007) Alterations in the mechanical properties and composition of skin in human growth hormone transgenic mice. Conn. Tiss. Res. 48:19-26.

Wall C.E., Vinyard C.J., Johnson K.R., Williams S.H. and W.L. Hylander (2006) A preliminary  study of Phase II jaw movement and masseter muscle force during chewing in Papio  anubis.  Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 129:215-224.

Vinyard C.J., and T.M. Ryan (2006) Cross-sectional bone distribution in the mandibles of gouging and non-gouging platyrrhines. Int. J. Primatol. 27:1461-1490.

Vinyard C.J., Wall C.E., Williams S.H, Johnson K.R. and W.L. Hylander (2006) Masseter electromyography during chewing in Ring-tailed Lemurs (Lemur catta). Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 130:85-95.

McCollum M.A., Sherwood C.C., Vinyard C.J., Lovejoy C.O. and F Schachat (2006) Of muscle- bound crania and human brain evolution: The story behind the MYH16 headlines. J. Hum. Evol. 50:232-236.

Williams S.H., Wright B.W., Den Truong V., Daubert C.R. and C.J. Vinyard (2005) The  mechanical properties of foods used in experimental studies of primate masticatory  function. Am. J. Primatol. 67:329-346.

Vinyard C.J., Williams, S.H., Wall, C.E., Johnson, K.R. and Hylander, W.L. (2005) Jaw- muscle  electromyography during chewing in Belanger’s Treeshrews (Tupaia belangeri). Am. J.  Phys. Anthropol. 127:26-45.

Vinyard C.J., and J. Hanna (2005) Molar scaling in strepsirrhine primates. J. Hum. Evol. 49:241- 269.

Hylander W.L., Wall C.E., Vinyard C.J., Ross C., Ravosa M.J., Williams S.H. and K.R. Johnson  (2005) Temporalis function in anthropoids and strepsirrhines: An EMG study. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 128:35-56.

Vinyard C.J. and D. Schmitt (2004) A new technique for studying reaction forces during primate behaviors on vertical substrates. Am. J. Phys. Anthropol. 125:343-351.

Taylor A.B., and C.J. Vinyard (2004) A comparative analysis of masseter fiber architecture in  tree-gouging (Callithrix jacchus) and non-gouging (Saguinus oedipus) callitrichids. J.  Morphol. 261:276-285.

Kay R.F., Schmitt D., Vinyard C.J., Perry J.M.G., Shigehara N., Takai M. and Egi N. (2004) The paleobiology of Amphipithecidae, South Asian late Eocene primates. J. Hum. Evol.  46:3-24.

Book Chapters:

Ravosa, M.J., Hogg, R.T. and C.J. Vinyard (2010) Exudativory and primate skull form. In Burrows, A. and L.T. Nash (eds.) Evolution of Exudativory in Primates. New York:  Springer. pp 169-185.

Mork, A.L., Horton, W.E. Jr. and C.J. Vinyard (2010) A comparative analysis of the articular cartilage in the temporomandibular joint of gouging and non-gouging New  World monkeys. In Burrows, A. and L.T. Nash (eds.) Evolution of Exudativory in  Primates. New York: Springer. pp 187-210.

Vinyard C.J., Wall C.E., Williams S.H., Mork A.L., Armfield B.A., Melo L.C.O., Valença- Montenegro M.M., Valle Y.B.M., Borstelmann de Oliveira M.A., Lucas P.W., Schmitt D., Taylor A.B. and W.L. Hylander (2009) The evolutionary morphology of tree gouging  in marmosets.  In Ford S.M., Davis L.C. and L.M. Porter (eds.) The Smallest  Anthropoids: The Marmoset/Callimico Radiation. New York: Springer. 395-410.

Taylor A.B., Eng C.M., Anapol F.C. and C.J. Vinyard (2009) Tree gouging and jaw-muscle fiber architecture in callitrichids. In Davis L.C., Ford S.M. and L.M. Porter (eds.) The Smallest  Anthropoids: The Marmoset/Callimico Radiation. New York: Springer. pp 381-394.

Norconk M.A., Wright B., Conklin-Brittain, N.L. and C.J. Vinyard (2009) Mechanical and nutritional properties of food as factors in platyrrhine dietary adaptations. In Garber P.A.,  Estrada A., Bicca-Marques J.C., Heymann E. and K. Strier (eds.) South American  Primates: Testing new theories in the study of primate behavior, ecology, and  conservation. New York: Springer. pp 279-319.

Williams S.H., Wall C.E., Vinyard C.J. and W.L. Hylander (2008) Symphyseal fusion in  selenodont artiodactyls: new insight from in vivo and comparative data. In Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J. and C.E. Wall (eds.) Primate Craniofacial Function and Biology. New York:  Springer. pp 39-61.

Wall C.E., Vinyard C.J. Williams S.H., Johnson, K.R. and W.L. Hylander (2008)  Specialization  of the superficial anterior temporalis for mastication of hard foods in baboons.  In  Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J. and C.E. Wall (eds.) Primate Craniofacial Function and  Biology. New York: Springer. pp 113-124.

Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J., Wall C.E., Williams S.H., Johnson K.R. and W.L. Hylander (2007)  Jaw-muscle function and the origin of primates.  In Ravosa M.J. and Dagosto M. (eds.)  Primate Origins and Adaptations. New York: Kluwer Press. pp 179-231.

Vinyard C.J. (2008) Putting shape to work: Making functional interpretations of masticatory apparatus shapes in primates. In Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J. and C.E. Wall (eds.) Primate  Craniofacial Function and Biology. New York: Springer. pp 357-385.

Taylor A.B. and C.J. Vinyard (2008) The relationship between jaw-muscle architecture and  feeding behavior in primates: Tree-gouging and nongouging gummivorous callitrichids as a naturalistic study.  In Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J. and C.E. Wall (eds.) Primate  Craniofacial Function and Biology. New York: Springer. pp 241-262.

Hylander W.L., Vinyard C.J., Ravosa M.J., Ross C.F., Wall C.E. and Johnson K.J. (2004) Jaw  adductor force and symphyseal fusion. In Anapol F., German R., and N. Jablonski (eds.)  Shaping Primate Evolution: Papers in Honor of Charles Oxnard. Cambridge: Cambridge  University Press. pp 229-257.