Associate Professor
Department of Biology

Phone: 617-994-6465
Fax: 617-573-8245
Office: Somerset Building, Rm. 626


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

Research Interests

  • Vertebrate Paleontology and Evolution
  • Evolutionary morphology of mammals, especially early Cenozoic ungulates and carnivores
  • Reconstruction of mammalian dietary ecology using dental microwear and craniodental morphology
  • Effectiveness of podcasting student study groups in learning anatomy and physiology

Selected Publications

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 at Professional Meetings (selected from last 5 years)

Dewar, E.W. and C.A. Crocker. 2013. Is Skull Shape Related to Aggressive Displays in Seals? Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2013, 113.

Dewar, E.W. 2013. Your voice sounds fine: Making podcasts to promote learning. FASEB Journal 27:960.11.

Dewar, E.W., C.E. Elder, T. Le, and P. Sharma. 2013. Enamel use wear of small carnivores: effects of magnification and scale. FASEB Journal 27:518.3.

Dewar, E.W. and S.M. Hernandez. 2013. Dental microwear and diet of white-tailed deer through its North and Central American Range. FASEB Journal 27:518.4.

Dewar, E.W. 2012. Writing about vertebrate paleontology and morphology as a way to improve college students’ scientific writing skills. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32(3):87.

Dewar, E.W., A.R. Maceli, and H.M. Pietrantonio. 2010. Vertebrate paleontology as the cornerstone of a first-year college seminar. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3):98-99.

Papazian, J. and E.W. Dewar. 2010. Reconstructing the diets of Eocene ungulates with morphometrics of tooth crest lengths. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31(3):170.

Regional Presentations with Students (selected from last 5 years)

Bauchiero, A.V., Livingstone, J.P., Crocker, C.A., and Dewar, E.W. 2014. Is skull shape related to aggressive displays in pinnipeds? Eastern New England Biology Conference, North Andover, MA.

Buckley, M.V., Osimanti, C.E., and Dewar, E.W. 2014. Pelvic morphology and locomotion: How widespread is the obstetric dilemma? Eastern New England Biology Conference, North Andover, MA.

Grocott, O.R., Leclerc, M.C., and Dewar, E.W. 2014. Association between limb bone proportions and locomotor behaviors in artiodactyls. Eastern New England Biology Conference, North Andover, MA.

Murray, B.J., Kallamata, E., Sood, A., Hartnett, M.M., and Dewar, E.W. 2014. Eye of the Tiger: Is Carnivoran Skull Morphology Dependent on Predatory Style? Eastern New England Biology Conference, North Andover, MA.

Farrell, S.S., B.J. Murray, and E.W. Dewar. 2013. The effects of exhibit and troop size on territorial behaviors of Lemur catta in captivity. Eastern New England Biology Conference, Boston, MA.

Dodge, H.M., A.T. Falce, and E.W. Dewar. 2013. Evolutionary Morphology of the Scapula and Humerus in Swimming Mammals. Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, Biddeford, ME.

Hartnett, M.M. and E.W. Dewar. 2013. Orbital Morphometrics of Visually-dependent Carnivorans and Primates. Northeast Undergraduate Research and Development Symposium, Biddeford, ME.

Morrow-McLernan, C. and E.W. Dewar. 2010. Regional differences in obesity prevalence and related diseases in Spain. Eastern New England Biology Conference, Bridgewater, MA.

Courses Taught

BIO 105 - Humans and the Evolutionary Perspective
BIO 201 - Biology’s Big Questions
BIO 203/L203 - Anatomy & Physiology I
BIO 204/L204 - Anatomy & Physiology II
BIO 273 - Biostatistics
BIO 302 - Writing for Research
BIO 337 - Evolution