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Nancy Stevens, Ph.D.

Professor, Functional Morphology & Vertebrate Paleontology
Department of Biomedical Sciences
Patient Centered Continuum (PCC) Director
Email
133 Life Sciences Building
740-597-2785


Biographical Sketch

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D. in Anthropological Sciences, Stony Brook University, 2003.
  • M.S. in Anthropology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1999.
  • M.Phil. in Biological Anthropology, University of Cambridge, England, 1994.
  • B.S. in Anthropology, Honors College, Michigan State University, 1992.

Appointments

  • Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University. 2014-present.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University. 2011-2014.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University. 2003-2011.
  • Adjunct Professor and Advisory Board Member, African Studies Program, Ohio University, 2003-present.
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Anthropology, Ohio University, 2003-present.
  • Research Associate, Michigan State University Museum Natural History Division, 2004-present.
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Ohio University, 2001-2003.
  • Assistant Director, Women in Science and Engineering, SUNY- Stony Brook, 1999-2001.

Teaching

Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine

  • Lecturer, Laboratory instructor—CPC Year 1-2, Musculoskeletal and Endocrinology Blocks, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, 2005-present.
  • Course Director, Topics in Biomedical Science—PCC Year 3-4. College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, 2003-2004.
  • Course Director, Biomedical Sciences—PCC Year 1. College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, 2002-2003.
  • Problem-Based Learning Facilitator, Small Group: Year One Patient-Centered Continuum. College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, 2001-present.
  • Case-Based Learning Facilitator, Small Group: Year Two Clinical Presentation Continuum, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Ohio University, 2001-2003.

Evolutionary biology/functional morphology content

  • Instructor, BIOS Graduate Program, Mammalian Evolution.
  • Invited lecturer, Anthropology department, Introduction to Biological Anthropology, Primate Conservation, 2014-present.
  • Invited lecturer, Environmental Studies graduate program, 2014-present.
  • Invited lecturer, Outdoor Education program, Ecotourism course, 2014-present.
  • Invited lecturer, Museum Studies Certificate Program, 2013-present.
  • Co-Instructor, Introduction to African Studies grad course (co-instructor S. Howard), 2009.
  • Co-Instructor, Department of Geology, Paleoecology course (co-instructor A. Stigall), 2009.
  • Faculty participant, BIOS Graduate Program, seminar courses in Conservation Biology, Functional Morphology, Macroevolution, Allometry, Mineralized Tissues, Bone Mechanics 2005-present.
  • Honors Tutorial College advisor, Topics in functional morphology, Research Techniques, Mammalian adaptations. Ohio University. 2005-present.
  • Field school co-instructor: Evolutionary ecology of the primates of Uganda, 2008-2009.
  • Course Coordinator, An Introduction to Research. Women in Science and Engineering, SUNY-SB, 2001.
  • Course Instructor, Topics in Primate Evolution. Dept. of Anthropology, SUNY-SB, 1999.
  • Laboratory Instructor, Introduction to Biology. Biological Sci. Program, SUNY-SB, 1998-1999.

Research and Training

Laboratory experiences

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in vertebrate locomotor biodynamics laboratory at Ohio University, Fall 2001-2003
  • Dissertation research on prosimian locomotor kinematics, Duke University Primate Center, 1998-2000.
  • Dental radiography, thin sectioning, microscopy, SUNY-SB, 1995.
  • Thesis research on proboscidean molecular genetics, University of Cambridge, England 1993-1994.
  • Human osteology workshop at Universities of London and Cambridge, Summer 1991.
  • Zooarchaeology and paleoecological reconstruction of materials from southern Africa, Michigan State University, 1990-1991.

Field experiences

  • Vertebrate paleontology, Rukwa Rift Basin, Tanzania, 2002- present.
  • Vertebrate paleontology, Mesozoic-Cenozoic deposits, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2013-present.
  • Vertebrate Paleontology, Paleogene of Western Turkana, Kenya, 2013-present.
  • Vertebrate Paleontology, Early Miocene Tinderet localities, Kenya, 2013-present.
  • Vertebrate paleontology and trackway research, Chinje Formation, Zimbabwe, 2010-present.
  • Vertebrate paleontology, Imo, Ameke, Ogawashi Asaba geological formations, Nigeria, 2008-present.
  • Paleogene paleontology, Dhofar Region, Sultanate of Oman, 2007-2008.
  • Locomotor ecology of endangered primates, Kibale and Bwindi NPs, Uganda, 2007-present.
  • Mesozoic – Cenozoic paleontology, Hawdraumaut, Aden regions, southern Yemen, 2006-2008.
  • Paleogene vertebrate paleontology, Cabinda, Angola, 2006.
  • Locomotor ecology of endangered primates, Cuc Phuong NP, Vietnam, 2005-present.
  • Vertebrate paleontology, Etjo Formation, NW Namibia, 2003-2008.
  • Behavioral ecology, primate functional morphology, SE Madagascar, 1996-present.
  • Participant on field research in Jebel Qatrani Formation of Egypt (1998-9); Maeverano Formation of Madagascar (1996, 2003); Morrison Formation of Colorado (1998); Kirkwood Formation of South Africa (1997); Kalahari caves of Botswana (1997); Bridger Formation of Wyoming (1992-3); Neolithic Archaeology in Italy (1990).
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Museum experiences

  • Research Associate, National Museums of Kenya
  • Research Associate, Michigan State University Museum Natural History Division, 2004-present
  • Adjunct Curator, Michigan State University Museum, 2005-2006
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1998
  • Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI, 1994- 1995
  • Sedgwick Museum of Geology, University of Cambridge, England, 1994
  • University of Michigan Natural History Museum, Ann Arbor, MI, 1992-1993
  • Michigan State University Museum, East Lansing, MI, 1990-1993

Leadership / Mentorship experiences

  • Director, PCC Curriculum, OU College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2004-present.
  • Coordinator, PCC Curriculum, OU College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2002-2003.
  • Assistant Director, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE), SUNY-SB, 1999-2001.

Society Memberships and Professional Service

  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • International Primate Congress
  • Society for Integrative and Comparative Biologists
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists
  • Geological Society of America
  • International Congress of Vertebrate Morphologists
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Physical Anthropology
  • Reviewer, American Journal of Primatology
  • Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Biology
  • Reviewer, Folia Primatologica
  • Reviewer, Journal of Human Evolution
  • Reviewer, Journal of Experimental Zoology
  • Reviewer, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology
  • Reviewer, PLoS ONE
  • Grant Reviewer, National Science Foundation
  • Grant Reviewer, National Geographic Foundation Committee for Research and Exploration
  • International Development and Biodiversity Committee, International Primate Congress, 2006-present
  • Chair, Program for Scientists from Economically Developing Nations, Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2008-present
  • Member, Development and Membership Committees, Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2007-present
  • Chair, Morris F. Skinner Award Committee, Society of Vertebrate Paleontologists, 2007-2008

Research Funding

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Jurassic Foundation
  • LSB Leakey Foundation
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Science Foundation
  • PaleoSociety
  • Sigma Xi
  • Ohio University:
    • OU Research Council Award
    • OU Baker Award
    • OU Research Challenge Grant
    • OU College of Osteopathic Medicine

Service Activities

  • Contributor, www.arkive.org –a not-for-profit conservation initiative that aims to increase awareness of the world’s biodiversity as an official partner of the World Conservation Union (IUCN).
  • Rukwa Rift Basin Project website , featuring research outputs and science educational outreach materials for undergraduate/K-12/general public. Site explores environmental change through time, highlighting new developments in our knowledge about the East African Rift System via research findings in the Rukwa Rift.
  • National Science Foundation multimedia science educational outreach website featuring recent finds from the Rukwa Rift Basin project.
  • Local science outreach, East and West Elementary Schools, Athens, Ohio, 2005-present.
  • Scientific exhibit development for general audiences at National Museums of Tanzania, Michigan State University, Dairy Barn Cultural Arts Center, 2005-present
  • Outreach science education, rural underserved schools in Mbeya region, Tanzania. 2004-present
  • Judge, Southeast Ohio Science Fair, 2004-5.
  • Project Leader, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) High School Program, Stony Brook, NY: Introduction to Anatomy and Forensic Anthropology. 2001.
  • Project Leader, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Undergraduate Program, SUNY at Stony Brook, NY: Introduction to Human Osteology and Skeletal Biology, 2000.

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