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Mathew Wedel, PhD


Assistant Professor, Anatomy

College of Podiatric Medicine

E-Mail: mwedel@westernu.edu

Phone: 909-469-6842 | Website: http://sauroposeidon.wordpress.com
Join year: 2008

Education

2007 Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California, Berkeley, CA
Advisors: Kevin Padian and Bill Clemens
Title: Postcranial pneumaticity in dinosaurs and the origin of the avian lung


2001 M.S., Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Advisor: Richard L. Cifelli
Title: The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in the Sauropoda


1997 B.S., cum laude, Zoology, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
Advisor: Richard L. Cifelli
Title: A new sauropod from the Early Cretaceous of Oklahoma

Professional Experience

INVITED TALKS AND SYMPOSIA

October 18, 2014. “How to measure a dinosaur.” National Fossil Day, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA.

July 5, 2014. “Flip-top heads, air-filled bones, and teenage pregnancy: how the largest dinosaurs got so big.” Summer Paleontology Program, Raymond M. Alf Museum of Natural History, Claremont, CA.

February 4, 2014. “Photographic specimens and composing illustrations.” Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton, CA.

July 9, 2013. “Cosmic collision: asteroids and dinosaurs.” AstroCamp, Idyllwild, CA.

April 4, 2013. “What paleontologists do.” Claremont Kiwanis Club, Claremont, CA.

May 2, 2012. “What pneumaticity tells us about sauropods, and vice versa.” A. Watson Armour III Research Seminar, Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.

April 8, 2012. “Flip-top heads, air-filled bones, and teenage pregnancy: how sauropod dinosaurs got so big.” Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Los Angeles, CA.

December 11, 2011. “Sauropod pneumaticity: a report from the front lines.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

March 23, 2011. “All-time giants: how the largest dinosaurs got so big.” National Fossil Day, San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA.

November 11, 2010. “Impacts and the history of life: an observer’s perspective.” AstroCamp, Idyllwild, CA.

July 27, 2010. “The evolution of gigantism in whales and sauropods: contrasting solutions to common problems.” Evolution of Gigantism symposium, ICVM, Punta del Este Uruguay.

February 11, 2010. “Professional ethics in paleontology.” Webb Schools, Claremont, CA.

July 18, 2009 – “Cosmic catastrophe: asteroids vs. dinosaurs.” San Bernardino County Museum, Redlands, CA.

April 25, 2009 – “The evolution of dinosaurs.” Tree of Life workshop, Jepson Herbarium, Berkeley, CA.

November 20, 2008 – “A new sauropod dinosaur from the Early Cretaceous of Utah.” Museum für Naturkunde der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

November 16, 2008 – “Vertebral pneumaticity and the repeated evolution of long necks in sauropods.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

November 14, 2008 – “Confessions of an air-head: pneumatic bones and sauropod lungs.” DFG 533 ‘Evolution of Sauropod Gigantism’ workshop, University of Bonn, Germany.

November 20, 2005 – “Carving your Thanksgiving dinosaur.” Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA.

October 22, 2005 – “What pneumaticity tells us about ‘prosauropods’, and vice versa.” Evolution of Giants symposium, 65th SVP meeting, Mesa, AZ.

October 3, 2001 – “The evolution of vertebral pneumaticity in the Sauropoda.” Sauropod Evolution and Paleobiology symposium in honor of John S. McIntosh, 61st SVP meeting, Bozeman, MT.

April 26, 2001. “Sauroposeidon and air sac systems in dinosaurs.” Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, Norman, OK.

March 22, 2001. “Vertebral pneumaticity in dinosaurs: evolution and implications.” Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA.

PROFESSIONAL CONSULTING (employer, supervisor, duties)

2014 – Capstone Press, Shelly Lyons, research, fact checking, and proofing art for upcoming product

2013 – Mega Brands America, Inc., Theresa Wong, fact checking and proofing art for upcoming product

2012-2013 – Scholastic, Inc., Sam Nisson, research, fact checking, and proofing art for upcoming product

2011 – Capstone Press, Shelly Lyons, research, fact checking, and proofing art for Dinosaur Timeline book

2011 – Capstone Press, Christine Peterson, research, fact checking, and proofing art for dinosaur book series

2011 – Scholastic, Inc., Megan Butler, research, fact checking, and proofing art for iPad app The Magic School Bus: Dinosaurs

2010 – Scholastic Inc., Jennifer Contrucci, research, fact checking, and proofing art for Nintendo Digging Dinosaurs video game

2009-11 – Capstone Press, Aaron Souter, fact checking and proofing art forDinosaur Wars book series

2008 – Scholastic, Inc., Megan Butler, research, fact checking, and proofing art for upcoming video game

2007-08 – Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc., Julia Petchey, research, fact checking, and proofing illustrations for book T. Rex’s Mighty Roar

2006-07 – University of California Museum of Paleontology, Judy Scotchmoor, revising and writing content for UCMP taxa pages

2005 – Lawrence Hall of Science, Brooke Smith, research, fact checking, signage, and public demonstrations for exhibit Big Dinos Return

2003 – Leapfrog Enterprises, Inc., Wesley Hall, research, fact checking, and proofing illustrations for book Leap and the Lost Dinosaur

PROFESSIONAL SERVICE

Academic editor for PeerJ since March, 2014.

Selected by Proceedings B as a Top Reviewer in 2009.

Over 75 peer reviews for Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, AMNH Novitates, Anatomical Record, Biological Reviews, Biology Letters, Bonner Zoologische Beiträge, BYU Geology Studies, Cretaceous Research, Eclogae Geologicae Helvetiae, Historical Biology, Journal of Experimental Zoology, Journal of Morphology, Journal of Systematic Paleontology, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, III Latin-American Congress of Vertebrate Paleontology, Naturwissenschaften, Neues Jahrbuch, Palaeontologica Electronica, Palaeontology, PaleoBios, PeerJ, PLoS ONE, Proceedings B, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, and Indiana University Press.

Academic Interests

I am a vertebrate paleontologist, and my main areas of interest are sauropod dinosaurs and the evolution of pneumatic (air-filled) bones in dinosaurs and birds. I study the evolutionary origin of pneumatic bones in archosaurs, the respiratory systems of sauropods and other dinosaurs, and the evolution of large size and long necks in sauropods. 

Teaching Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy, Western Univ. of Health Sciences, 2014-

  • Gross Anatomy Lecture and Lab - ongoing
  • Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices - ongoing (intro anatomy lectures)

Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Western Univ. of Health Sciences, 2008-2014

  • Gross Anatomy Lecture and Lab - 11 terms (5 summer, 6 fall)
  • Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices - 3 terms (intro anatomy lectures)
  • Research Capstone Course for MS program - 2 terms

Instructor, School of Natural Science and Writing Program, UC Merced, 2007-2008

  • Introduction to Ecology 1 semester
  • Human Anatomy Laboratory 1 semester
  • Contemporary Biology 1 semester
  • Core 1, The World at Home 1 semester

Graduate Student Instructor, Department of Integrative Biology,UC Berkeley,2002-2007

  • Biology and anatomy labs 10 semesters

National Science Foundation Graduate Teaching Fellow, UC Berkeley, 2004-2005

  • Exploring California Biodiversity 2 semesters

Instructor, Department of Zoology, University of Oklahoma, 2001

  • Introduction to Zoology 1 semester

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Zoology,University of Oklahoma,1998-2001

  • Zoology and anatomy labs 7 semesters


 

Courses

Intensive Summer Anatomy Course, lecture and lab (team taught)

Medical Gross Anatomy, lecture and lab (team taught)

Podiatric Medical Principles and Practices, intro anatomy lectures 

Research Grant

Research Grants (source, title, amount)

2006, UC Dept. of Integrative Biology,Pneumatic hiatuses in dinosaurs,$4730

2005, UC Dept. of Integrative Biology, Micro CT of pneumatic bones in birds, $3760

Jurassic Foundation, Postcranial pneumaticity in sauropods, $1500

Sigma Xi GIAR, Pneumatization in birds: micro CT, $780

2004, UC Dept. of Integrative Biology, Development of pneumaticity in birds, $2825

UCMP Samuel Welles Fund, Origin and evolution of pneumaticity, $1000

UC Museum of Paleontology, The canalis supramedullaris of sauropods, $299

2003, UC Dept. of Integrative Biology, Development of pneumaticity in birds, $4700

UC Dept. of Integrative Biology, Evolution of pneumaticity in dinosaurs, $200

2000, OU Graduate College, Evolution of pneumaticity in sauropods, $300

OU Graduate Student Senate, Evolution of pneumaticity in sauropods, $100

1997, OU Honors Council, A new sauropod dinosaur from Oklahoma, $200

OU Honors Council, A new sauropod from the Antlers Fm., $200

 

Awards

2010 – Honorable Mention, Most-Cited Paper in 2010, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica

2009 – Wedel (2009a) is one of the Top 20 Most Downloaded Papers in the Journal of Experimental Zoology

2009 – Top Reviewer, Proceedings of the Royal Society, Series B

2006 – Fourth International Award in Palaeontology Research, Fundación Conjunto Paleontológico de Teruel – Dinópolis, Spain

2005 – George D. Louderback Award, UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley

2004 – Teaching Effectiveness Award, University of California, Berkeley

2004 – Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, UC Berkeley Dept. of Integrative Biology

2004 – First Place, University of Oklahoma Graduate College Student Poster Session

Community Organizations

President, Pomona Valley Amateur Astronomers