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Amy Chew, PhD


Associate Professor of Anatomy

College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific

E-Mail: achew@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-706-3516 | Join year: 2007

Education

PhD Functional Anatomy and Evolution, Johns Hopkins University, 2005

MSc Physical Anthropology, University of Toronto, 1998

BSc Paleontology (Minor in Physical Anthropology), University of Toronto, 1996
 

Professional Experience

Field Work
 

Co-director 

2007-present

Johns Hopkins/WU Bighorn Basin, WY, paleontological expeditions (with KD Rose)

Member

1995-2005

USGS/Johns Hopkins and Johns Hopkins paleontological expeditions to the Bighorn Basin, WY (director: KD Rose)

Member

2006-2008

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Wind River and Bridger Basin, WY, paleontological expeditions (director: R Stucky)

Member

2001

Duke/Johns Hopkins University Costa Rican expeditions (study Alouatta palliata) (directors: K Glander and M Teaford)

Professional Presentations

Silcox MT, Rose KD and AE Chew. 2014. Early Eocene microsyopine microsyopids (Mammalia, Primates) from the southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming: evidence for cladogenetic speciation and evolutionary response to climate change. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology74th Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts: 230.       

 Rankin BD, JW Fox, CR Barrón-Ortiz, AE Chew, PA Holroyd, Ja Ludtke, X Yang and JM Theodor 2014. Using the extended price equation to analyze species selection in mammalian body size evolution across the Paleocene/Eocene Thermal Maximum. Geological Society of America.

Chew AE. 2014. Faunas in flux during the successive hyperthermals of the early Eocene. Geological Society of America.

Chew AE. 2014. Mammal faunal response to the ETM2 and H2 hyperthermals. Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene.

Chew AE. 2013.Mammalian Faunal Response to the ETM2 and H2 Hyperthermal Events in the Central Part of the Bighorn Basin, WY. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 73rd Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts: 105.

Chew AE. 2013. Measuring Fossil Diversity and its Relationship to Climate Change in Deep Time: a Case Study from the Early Eocene.Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology Annual Meeting Abstracts: P3.104.

Chew AE and KB Oheim. 2011. Spatially Constrained Rarefaction and Geographic Information Systems: Mitigating the Effects of the Species-Area Relationship in Diversity Analyses. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 71st Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts: 87-88A. (Symposium: Vertebrate Diversity Patterns and Sampling Bias).

Kraft RA, NE Levin, BH Passey, KD Rose, and AE Chew. 2011. Early Eocene Paleoenvironments in Wyoming Based on Stable Isotope Ecology of Fossil Mammals. Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 43(5): 164.

Chew AE. 2010. Approaching True Diversity in Fossil Communities Using a Combination of Rarefaction Methods and the PIE Evenness Index. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 70th Annual Meeting Program and Abstracts: 71A. (Symposium: Advances in Paleoecology: Geochemistry, Microwear, and Beyond).

Stucky RK, AE Chew and M Hailu. 2009. Alpha Species Diversity in Early-Middle Eocene Mammalian Communities (Wa5-Br2) of the Bighorn, Bridger and Wind River Basins, Wyoming: High Species Diversity Correlates with Global Warming during the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29(Suppl. to No. 3): 187A.

Chew AE. 2009. Early Eocene Mammal Faunal Response to Temperature Change in the Bighorn Basin. Climatic and Biotic events of the Paleogene International Conference Programme and Abstracts: 98.

Chew AE. 2008. Changes in Body Size and Trophic Structure across the Wasatchian (early Eocene) Mammal Fauna of the Willwood Formation, Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. California Paleontology Conference: PaleoBios 28(Suppl. to No. 1): 3A.

Chew AE and KB Oheim. 2007. Teasing Apart the Effects of Taphonomic and Sampling Bias on Species Diversity Estimates Using GIS. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 27(Suppl. to No. 3): 58A.

Chew AE. 2006. Species Interactions and Habitat Preferences in the Early Eocene Mammal Fauna of the Central Bighorn Basin, WY. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 26(Suppl. to No. 3): 49-50A. (Alfred Sherwood Romer Prize Session).

Chew AE. 2006. Evidence of Pulsed Turnover and Variability Selection in an Early Eocene Mammal Fauna from the Central Bighorn Basin, WY. Society for the Study of Evolution Annual Meetings, Stony Brook, NY.

Clyde WC, Snell KE, Koch PL, Bowen GJ, Chew AE and SL Wing. 2006. Is ELMO in the Bighorn Basin?Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene International Conference Volume of Abstracts: 26.

Chew AE. 2005. Mammalian Faunal Turnover in the Early Eocene of the Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(Suppl. to No. 3): 44A.

Chew AE. 2003. Early Eocene Perissodactyls from the Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 23(Suppl. to No. 3): 40A.

Chew AE. 2002. The Performance of Four Indices of Congruence between Stratigraphy and Cladistic Topology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 22(Suppl. to No. 3): 43A.

Chew AE. 2001. Preliminary Biostratigraphic Analysis of the Central and Southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Climate and Biota of the Early Paleogene International Conference.

Gagnon M and AE Chew. 1998. Bovids as Paleoecological Indicators. Determining Diet and Habitat Preferences in Extant Species.Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 18(Suppl. to No. 3): 44A.

Gagnon M and AE Chew. 1996. Computer-Based Image Analysis as a Tool in Bovid Ecomorphology. American Journal of Physical Anthropology. Suppl. 22: 108.

Gagnon M and AE Chew. 1995. Computer Image Analysis of Bovid Ecomorphology using CD-ROM Technology. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 15(Suppl. to No. 3): 30A.

Academic Interests

Curricular development, including flipped classrooms and online modules.

Teaching Experience

Western University of Health Sciences, Pomona CA:

 

Course Creator and Director

2011-present

Head and Neck Anatomy with Facilitation Training (Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences)

Faculty team member

2007-present

Gross Anatomy

Faculty team member

2009-present

Interprofessional Education

Course Director

2008-2012

Head and Neck Anatomy (College of Osteopathic Medicine)

Course Director

2010-2012

Head and Neck Anatomy (Colleges of Dental and Podiatric Medicine, Optometry)

Faculty team member

2010-2012

Intensive Summer Anatomy Course

Faculty team member

2011

GI System

 

State University of New York at Stony Brook, Long Island:

 

Teaching Assistant / Lecturer

2005-2007

Anatomy of Head, Neck and Trunk (College of Dentistry)

 

Eastern High School, Baltimore MD:

 

Guest lecturer

2003

Anatomy of the Eye

 

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore MD:

 

Teaching Assistant

2001-2002

Human Gross Anatomy

Teaching Assistant / Lecturer

2000

Introduction to Biological Anthropology

 

University of Toronto, Toronto Canada:

 

Teaching Assistant

1997

Primate Evolution

Courses

Course Director: Head and Neck Anatomy with Facilitation Training (Graduate College of Biomedical Sciences)

Medical Gross Anatomy

Interprofessional Education

Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is based on communication of the mystery and wonder of the human body and instillation of critical thinking and communications skills.

Research Interest

I am a paleoecologist with a focus on climate and environmental change and their impacts of mammal faunal evolution in deep time.

Research Grant

Funded Research Grants

Chew AE. 2014. National Geographic Society, Waitt Program: In Pursuit of a Lost Paradise: Using Remote Sensing to Locate New Faunal and Isotopic Records of the Early Eocene Climatic Optimum. (Amount requested: $10,080).

Chew AE. 2007. NSF/SGP: Collaborative Research Grant 0739718. Collaborative Research: Effects of Climatic/Environmental Change on the Early Eocene Mammal Fauna of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.  (Amount transferred to Western University of Health Sciences: $76,400).

Chew AE. 2006. NSF/SGP: Collaborative Research Grant 0616430. Collaborative Research: Effects of Climatic/Environmental Change on the Early Eocene Mammal Fauna of the Bighorn Basin, Wyoming.  (Amount awarded: $84,200).

Chew AE. 2003. NSF/BCS: Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant 0303768. Paleoecological Modeling and the Evolution of Early Eocene Primates in the Bighorn Basin, WY. (Amount awarded: $8,400).

Awards

Outstanding Educator, 2014

Phi Beta Kappa, 2005

Johns Hopkins University Graduate Student Fellowship, 1999-2004

Matheson Scholarship for study at the University of Michigan, 1999 (declined to pursue study at the Johns Hopkins University)

Ontario Graduate Scholarship for study at the Master s level, 1997

Ontario Scholar, 1986-91
 

Organizations

Society of Vertebrate Paleontology

The Paleontological Society

Society for the Study of Evolution

Society of Integrative and Comparative Biology, Division of Evolutionary Ecology

Committees

COMP Admissions Committee, 2007-2014 (Secretary, 2011-2012).

GCBS - MSMS program Curriculum Committee, 2010-2011.

GCBS - MSMS program Admissions Committee, 2014-present.

Community Organizations

Pomona Health Careers Ladder flipped curriculum, 2012 – recorded online module.

John D. Cooper Archaeology and Paleontology Curation Center (Cal State Fullerton), 2011-2012 – voluntary curator.

City of Pomona Public Works Department, 2011-2012 – Pomona Bicycle Master Plan and Active Transportation Plan.

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, 2002-2004 – voluntary curator.

Worland, WY, Bureau of Land Management, 2008, 2012 – two educational talks.

Denver Museum of Nature and Science Community Outreach, 2006-2008 – mentor in Volunteer Paleontology Study Group.

Publication

Selected Publications

D'Ambrosia, AR, Clyde, WC, HC Fricke and AE Chew. 2014. Stable isotope patterns found in early Eocene equid tooth rows of North America: Implications for reproductive behavior and paleoclimate: Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 414: 310-319.

Chew AE. 2014. Mammal faunal response to the ETM2 and H2 hyperthermals. Rendiconti online della Società Geologica Italiana31: 40-41.

Chew AE and KB Oheim. 2013. Diversity and climate change in the middle-late Wasatchian (early Eocene) Willwood Formation, central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Palaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 369: 67-78.

Chew AE. 2013. The Paleocene-Eocene biotic turnover event. In Grzimek’s Animal Life Encyclopedia – Extinction,edited by N MacLeod, JD Archibald and P Levin. Farmington Hills, MI, Gale Cengage. P 513-521.

Rose KD, AE Chew, RH Dunn, MJ Kraus, HC Fricke and SP Zack. 2012. Earliest Eocene Mammalian Fauna from the Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum at Sand Creek Divide, southern Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. University of Michigan Papers on Paleontology 36: 154pp. http://deepblue.lib.umich.edu/handle/2027.42/89881

Chew AE. 2009. Paleoecology of the Early Eocene Willwood mammal fauna from the Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. Paleobiology 35(1): 13-32.

Chew AE and KB Oheim. 2009. The use of GIS to determine the effects of common taphonomic biases on paleoecological statistics of vertebrate fossil assemblages. Palaios 24: 367-376.

Chew AE. 2009. Early Eocene mammal faunal response to temperature change in the Bighorn Basin, Wy." In Climatic and Biotic Events of the Paleogene, eds EM Crouch, CP Strong and CJ Hollis. Wellington, NZ: GNS Science Miscellaneous Series 18: P 21-25.

Secord R, SL Wing and AE Chew. 2008. Stable isotopes in early Eocene mammals as indicators of forest canopy structure and resource partitioning. Paleobiology 34 (2): 282-300.

Clyde WC, W Hamzi, JA Finarelli, SL Wing, D Schankler and AE Chew. 2007. A basin-wide magnetostratigraphic framework for the Bighorn Basin, Wy. Geological Society of America Bulletin 119 (7-8): 848-859.

Chew AE. 2007. Mammalian Evolution. Quarterly Review of Biology 82(3): 251-255.

Chew AE. 2005. Biostratigraphy, Paleoecology and Synchronized Evolution in the Early Eocene Fauna of the Central Bighorn Basin, Wyoming. PhD thesis, Johns Hopkins University, 661p.

Gagnon M and AE Chew. 2000.Dietary preferences in extant African bovidae. Journal of Mammalogy 81(2): 490-511.

 Manuscripts in Submission

Chew AE. Mammal faunal response to the Paleogene hyperthermals ETM2 and H2. Climate of the Past.

Rankin BD, JW Fox, CR Barrón-Ortiz, AE Chew, PA Holroyd, Ja Ludtke, X Yang and JM Theodor. Using the Extended Price Equation to Examine Patterns of Body Size Change in Latest Paleocene and Earliest Eocene Mammals from the Bighorn and Clark's Fork Basins, Wyoming. Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

 Manuscripts in Preparation

Passey BH, Chew AE, Kraft R, Rose KD and N Levin. Differential water use ecology recorded in oxygen isotopes of 54 million-year-old mammals. Earth and Planetary Sciences Letters.