2018 WCC

Amy Atwater


Amy Atwater, Paleontology Collections Manager - Registrar

Amy Atwater grew up in Eugene, Oregon and spent her summers in the John Day Fossil Beds National Monument where she fell in love with paleontology and outdoor recreation. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Geological Sciences and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Oregon Clark Honors College. At the UO she studied the drivers of Plio-Pleistocene mammalian diversity of the Great Basin and the Great Plains of the United States and studied body size changes in Eocene primates. Amy received her Master’s at the University of Texas at Austin where she studied Eocene mammals from West Texas and Southern California as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. For her Master’s thesis, Amy described three new genera of Eocene primates, known as omomyids, from the Friars Formation of San Diego County.

Amy worked as a park ranger at Arches National Park for two seasons. In 2013, Amy worked at Denali National Park and Preserve as a paleontologist/GIS specialist where she created a suitability analysis to locate dinosaur tracks in the park. During the summer of 2016, Amy was a paleontology intern for Big Bend National Park and helped with the opening of the park’s new Fossil Discovery Exhibit.

Amy became the Paleontology Collections Manager – Registrar at the Museum of the Rockies during the fall of 2017. She enjoys working with the spectacular MOR fossil collections and sharing her passion for paleontology with the community. Email Amy.

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PUBLICATIONS

Atwater, A.L. and Davis, E.B. 2011. Topographic and climate change differentially drive Pliocene and Pleistocene mammalian beta diversity of the Great Basin and Great Plains provinces of North America. Evolutionary Ecology Research, 13, 833-850.

ABSTRACTS

Atwater, A.L., Kirk, E.C., 2017 New Middle Eocene Omomyines (Primates, Haplorhini) from the Friars Formation of San Diego County, Southern California. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Calgary, Canada.

Atwater, A.L., Kirk, E.C., 2017 Tiny Old Dead Human-Like Animals Found in Rocks and What They Tell Us about How Life Changes Over a Long Time. Up Goer Five Session: Communicate Your Science Using English's Ten Hundred Most Common Words: American Association of Physical Anthropology Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.

Atwater, A.L. February 2017 From Only the Eocene to Getting the Whole Scene: my time as a paleontology intern at Big Bend National Park. Houston Geological Society

Atwater, A.L., Kirk, E.C. 2016 New Uintan omomyoids (Primates, Haplorhini) from Southern California and the implications for North American primate richness during the Middle Eocene. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Atwater, A.L. 2016 Dental, spatial, and temporal variability in the Eocene primate Omomys (Primates, Omomyidae). New Directions in Anthropology conference at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kirk, E.C., Atwater, A.L., Campisano, C.J., Egberts, S.E., & Lundeen, I.K. 2016 An Eocene primate frontal from the Devil’s Graveyard Formation, Texas. American Association of Physical Anthropology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

Kirk, E.C., Atwater, A.L., Campisano, C.J., Egberts, S.E., & Lundeen, I.K. 2016 A new primate partial cranial specimen from the Late Middle Eocene of the Tornillo Basin, Texas. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Salt Lake City, UT.

Wetherell, M.M., Atwater, A.L., Thomson, K.D., Wetherell, L., Kirk, E.C., Stockli, D. 2016 Paleoenvironmental reconstruction and geochronology of the lower and middle members of the Devil’s Graveyard Formation (Tornillo Basin, Texas). Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Atwater, A.L., Kirk, E.C. 2015 Dental variability in Omomys (Primates, Omomyoidae) and the validity of O. lloydi. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Dallas, TX.

Atwater, A.L., Capps, D. 2013 Dinosaur Trackway Site Prediction Model in Denali National Park Using Remote Sensing, Geographic Informational Systems (GIS), Databases and Suitability Analysis. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Denver, CO.

Atwater, A.L., Holroyd, P.A., & Davis, E.B. 2013 New Evidence that Omomyid Diet, not Body Size, was Affected by Global Climate Change. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Los Angeles, CA.

Atwater, A.L., Holroyd, P.A., & Davis, E.B. 2012 Intrinsic and Extrinsic factors in North American primate evolution and extinction. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Raleigh, NC.

Atwater, A.L., Eller, A., Edwards, T., Wilks, M., Martin, D., Bengel, A., White, F.J., Frost, S.R. 2012 Pace of dental eruption in young juvenile Macaca mulatta. American Association of Physical Anthropology Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Atwater, A.L., & Davis, E.B. 2011 Topographic and climate change differentially drive Pliocene and Pleistocene mammalian beta diversity of the Great Basin and Great Plains provinces of North America. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Atwater, A.L., & Davis, E.B. 2010 Topographic Change and Plio-Pleistocene Beta Diversity of the North American Great Basin and Great Plains. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Emery, M., Levering, D.A., Famoso, N.A., & Atwater, A.L. 2010 The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry Paleontology Research Team: 60 years of fieldwork and classroom education in macroevolution and climate change. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Atwater, A.L., & Davis, E.B. 2010 Effects of Topographic Change on Pliocene and Pleistocene Beta Diversity of the Great Basin and great Plains Provinces of North America. Oregon Academy of Science Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.

Atwater, A.L., Davis, E.B., & Levering, D. 2009 No Oreodont Body Size Change in Response to Climatic Change Between the Oligocene and Miocene of the John Day Basin. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Portland, OR.