Amy Chew is a functional anatomist and vertebrate paleontologist with teaching and research interests in human and comparative vertebrate anatomy; mammal evolution and paleoecology; climate change; stable isotope geochemistry and macro-evolutionary theory.
Chew gained a BSc in Paleontology and an MSc in Physical Anthropology from the University of Toronto, and a PhD in Functional Anatomy and Evolution (Phi Beta Kappa) from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Anatomy at SUNY Stony Brook.
Chew has an ongoing research program in mammal paleontology including annual fieldwork in the Early Eocene (~56 million year old) terrestrial deposits of the Bighorn Basin in northwestern Wyoming. She is presently engaged in a large, collaborative project to investigate the effects of ‘hyperthermal’ (rapid global warming) events (PETM, ETM2 and H2) on mammal faunas of the early Paleogene of western North America.
Chew has extensive experience teaching human anatomy for multiple health professions, including recent curricular innovation using online and digital media for which she received an Award of Excellence (2015) and Outstanding Educator award (2014).