Indiana University Bloomington

Richard BykowskiRichard Bykowski

Research Interests

My research interests focus on the Paleoecology of Mesozoic Vertebrates including dinosaurs emphasizing morphological patterns of macroevolution.  I use geometric morphometrics to give quantitative solutions to questions about shape change in functional and constructional morphology and possible species problems in the vertebrate skeletal system.  I am also interested in analyzing how patterns of taxonomic diversity are reflected in the changing morphologies of vertebrates.

Contact

Email: rbykowsk@umail.iu.edu

Education

Current    Indiana University, currently enrolled in graduate studies
Advisor: P David Polly
2009    University of Iowa, M.S. Geology
Advisors: Ann F. Budd / Holmes Semken / Hallie Sims
2007    University of Oregon, B.S. Geological Sciences
  Honors Advisor: Gregory J. Retallack
   

Abstracts and Presentations

Bykowski, Richard and Retallack, Gregory (2007) Was Triceratops Like a Bison, Rhino or Hippo?  Oregon Academy of Science 65th Annual Meeting, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR 97361.

Bykowski, Richard (July 13, 2007) Was Triceratops Like a Bison, Rhino or Hippo?  Geological Society of the Oregon Country Friday Lecture at Portland State University, Portland Oregon.

Bykowski, Richard and Retallack, Gregory, (2007), Was Triceratops Like a Bison, Rhino or Hippo? In: Ceratopsian Symposium, Short Papers, Abstracts, and Programs, complied by Braman, D. R., p. 11-16.

Bykowski, Richard (2008) Morphometric Analysis of Species Response to Changing Ecology in Peromyscus from Late Prehistoric Archaeological Sites on the Northern Plains, USA.  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 68th Annual Meeting, Cleveland, OH.

Bykowski, Richard (2009) A Geometric Morphometric Approach to Differentiating Closely Related Rodent Species and Implications for Cryptic Species in the Fossil Record.  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 69th Annual Meeting, Bristol, UK.

Bykowski, Richard J. D., Green, Robin M., O’Donnell, Kenneth H., Smith, Michael R., and Polly, P. David (2010). Discriminating Fossils Are Not Static: An assessment of the DFA Method for Testing Stasis.  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 70th Annual Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA.

Bykowski, Richard (2011) Biting Off More Than They Could Chew: A Geometric Morphometric Approach to Theropod Feeding Ecology.  The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 71st  Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, NV.

Grants and Fellowships

Galloway/Perry/Horowitz Fellowship, Indiana University-Bloomington: 2009-2010

SVP Jackson School of Geosciences Student Member Travel Grant: 2009

Teaching

Associate Instructor for Dinosaurs & Their Relatives G114, Indiana University-Bloomington, Fall 2011.

Instructor for Paleobiology, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Summer Program, 2011

Associate Instructor for Earth Materials & Processes  G103, Indiana University-Bloomington, Summer 2010, Spring 2011.

Associate Instructor for Biology Laboratory L113, Indiana University-Bloomington, Fall 2010

Teaching Assistant for Earth History and Resources (Geosciences 012:001), University of Iowa, 2007-2009

Teaching Assistant for Paleobiology, Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) Summer Program, 2007-2010

Volunteer ESL Tutor (Math and English Grammar), St. Nicholas of Tolentine Elementary School, Chicago, IL, 2002-2003.