Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Phone: 617-994-6465
Fax: 617-573-8245
Office: Donahue Building, Rm. 514


PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
MS, University of Colorado, Boulder
BS, Tufts University

Research Interests

  • Evolutionary patterns of mammals, especially early Cenozoic ungulates and carnivores
  • Reconstruction of mammalian dietary ecology using dental microwear and craniodental morphology
  • Field reconnaissance and recovery of Cretaceous and Paleogene mammals
  • Multivariate ecological ordination of fossil communities
  • Effectiveness of podcasting student study groups in learning anatomy and physiology


Middleton, M.D. and E.W. Dewar. 2004. New mammals from the early Paleocene Littleton Fauna (Denver Basin, Colorado), pp. 59-80 in S.G. Lucas, K.E. Zeigler, and P.E. Kondrashov (eds.), Paleogene Mammals, New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 26.

Dewar, E.W. 2003. Diversity of dental function within the Littleton fauna (early Paleocene), Colorado: evidence from body mass, tooth structure, and tooth wear. PaleoBios 23(1):1-19.

Professional Activities

  • Membership Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Curriculum and Instruction Committee, Human Anatomy and Physiology Society

Presentations and Posters

Dewar, E.W. 2009. Durophagivores vs. mixed feeders: niche differentiation using stereoscopic dental microwear. Annual Meeting of the Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology 2009:45.

Dewar, E.W. 2008. Paleoecological disparity of Chadronian faunas between the White River Group and Renova Formation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 28(3):72A.

Dewar, E.W. 2007. The taxonomic stability of large mammals in the White River Chronofauna masked their changing dietary ecology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(3):68A.

Dewar, E.W. 2006a. Comparison of dental microwear among species of carnivorous, herbivorous, and durophagous fossil mammals. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(3):56A.

Dewar, E.W. 2006b. Developments in dietary reconstruction of carnivores using low-magnification stereomicroscopy of dental microwear. Abstracts of the American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting 2006.

Hitchcock, A.C., E.W. Dewar, and M.C. Coombs. 2006. Dietary reconstruction of creodonts and niche overlap with carnivorans. Abstracts of the American Society of Mammalogists Annual Meeting 2006.

Dewar, E.W. 2005. What’s an omnivore? Generating more ecologically meaningful dietary categories using dental microwear. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(3):51A.

Dewar, E.W. 2004. Microwear of carnivorous mammals described with low-magnification dental stereomicroscopy. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24(3):52A.

Dewar, E.W. 2003. Multivariate analysis of mammalian communities: membership and species lineage ranges in the Tertiary of North America. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(3):45A-46A.

Dewar, E.W. 2001. Archaic ungulate adaptive radiations as seen through changes in Late Cretaceous and Early Tertiary mammalian communities. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21(3):45A.

Dewar, E.W. 1997. Dietary inferences for archaic ungulates from the Early Puercan Littleton Local Fauna (Denver Formation, Colorado). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 17(3):42A-43A.

Courses Taught

BIO 105 - Humans and the Evolutionary Perspective
BIO 203/L203 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 204/L204 - Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 273 - Biostatistics
BIO 409 - Senior Seminar