Contact Information

Office: MH 225C

Phone: 657-278-7294

Email: jolberding@fullerton.eduOpens in new window

Jeffrey Olberding

Assistant Professor


PhD, University of South Florida

MS, University of California, Riverside

BS, University of Cincinnati

Research Areas

Research Areas: Muscle physiology; biomechanics; scaling and thermal biology of organismal movement

Current Focus: Organismal movement powered by stored elastic energy; musculoskeletal modeling; material properties of elastic structures

Courses Regularly Taught

BIOL 191B Integrated Human Anatomy & Physiology
BIOL 310 Human Physiology
BIOL 362 General Human Physiology
BIOL 468 Comparative Animal Physiology
BIOL 476 Herpetology


13. E. Mendoza M. Martinez J. P. Olberding , E. Azizi. 2023 The effects of temperature on elastic energy storage and release in a system with a dynamic

mechanical advantage latch.Journal of Experimental Biology jeb.245805. Doi in new window

12. N. P. Hyun, J. P. Olberding, et al. (2023) Spring and latch dynamics can act as control pathways in ultrafast systems.Bioinspiration and Biomimetics 18, Doi:10.1088/1748-3190/acaa7c

11) Olberding, J.P.​ , S.M. Deban. 2021 Thermal robustness of biomechanical​   processes. Journal of Experimental Biology ​  ​224: jeb228973 doi:10.1242/jeb.228973

10) Deban, S.M., J.A. Scales, S.V. Bloom, C.M. Easterling, M.K. O’Donnell, J.P.Olberding. 2020 Evolution of a high-performance and functionally robust​     musculoskeletal system in salamanders. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ​117.19. 10445-10454

9) Sutton G.P., E. Mendoza, E. Azizi, S.J. Longo, J.P. Olberding​ , and M. Ilton.​ 2019 Why do large animals never actuate their jumps with latch-mediated springs? Because they can jump higher without them. Integrative andComparative Biology​. ​59:6. 1609-1618

*in co-organized symposium at SICB 2019

8) Olberding, J.P.​   , S.M. Deban, M.V. Rosario, and E. Azizi. 2019​ ​​Modeling determinants of mechanical advantage during jumping: consequences for muscle- and spring-driven movement. ​Integrative and Comparative Biology​. 59:6. 1515-1524

*in co-organized symposium at SICB 2019

7) Longo, S.J., S.M. Cox, E. Azizi, M. Ilton, ​J.P. Olberding​, R. St Pierre, and S.N. Patek. 2019 Beyond power amplification: An emerging cross-disciplinary paradigm of latch-mediated spring actuation. ​Journal of Experimental Biology​. ​222: jeb197889 doi: 10.1242/jeb.197889

6) ​Olberding, J.P.​ and S.M. Deban. 2018 Scaling of work and power in a locomotor muscle of a frog. Journal of Comparative Physiology: B​​. 188,


5) ​Olberding, J.P.​, J.A. Scales, and S.M. Deban. 2018. Movements of vastly different performance have similar underlying muscle physiology. ​Journal of Experimental Biology​. ​221: jeb166900 doi: 10.1242/jeb.166900

4) ​Olberding, J.P.​ and S.M. Deban. 2017. Effects of temperature and force requirements on muscle work and power output. ​Journal of Experimental Biology​. ​220, 2017-2025

3)​ Olberding, J.P.​, T.E. Higham, A. Herrel, and T. Garland, Jr. 2016. Limb segment contributions to the evolution of hind limb length in phrynosomatid lizards. ​Biological Journal of the Linnean Society​. 117, 775-795.

2)​ Olberding, J.P​., L.D. McBrayer, and​​T.E. Higham. 2012. Performance and three-dimensional kinematics of bipedal lizards during obstacle negotiation. ​Journal of Experimental Biology​. 215, 247-255.

1) Jayne, B. C., ​J. P. Olberding​, D. Athreya, and M. A. Riley. 2012 Surface shape affects the three-dimensional exploratory movements of nocturnal arboreal snakes. ​Journal of Comparative Physiology: A​.  ​198, 905-913