Eric Dewar is an Associate Professor of Biology.  He holds a B.S. in biology and music from Tufts University, an M.S. in geology from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in organismic and evolutionary biology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Eric’s teaching at Suffolk includes a year-long sequence in Anatomy and Physiology for science majors as well as “Humans and the Evolutionary Perspective,” a course developed for liberal arts students that strives to introduce what evolution can tell us about humanity’s nature, relatives, and possible futures.

Eric is a vertebrate paleontologist who uses the fossil record to study the evolutionary history of mammals that lived between 75 and 25 million years ago.  During this time interval, mammals came out from the shadow of the dinosaurs and radiated into an ecologically diverse group with a worldwide distribution.  Eric’s research seeks to describe the ecological structure of fossil mammal communities in order to understand how they weathered several major climate change events.

When not looking at fossil teeth, writing about evolution, or training new squinty anatomists, Eric spends time with his young children Elspeth and Ronan and also plays the trumpet, except during naptime.

Contact Information:

Biology Department

Suffolk University, Beacon Hill, Boston, MA 02114  • (617) 994-6465

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