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.
|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
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.