Richard J. D. Bykowski

Dr. Rich Bykowski

Richard J. D. Bykowski

Limited Term Assistant Professor of Geology

Office: Herty 1104B



Academic Background

PhD: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN (2014)

Major: Vertebrate Paleontology

Individualized Minor: Soil Science

M.Sc: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (2009)

Major: Vertebrate Paleontology/Geosciences

B.Sc (with Departmental Honors): University of Oregon, Eugene, OR. (2007)

Major: Vertebrate Paleontology/Geological Sciences


Research Interests

I am a vertebrate paleontologist and I study the ecology of non-avian dinosaurs using Geometric Morphometrics. I am primarily interested in answering three broad questions:

  • How might the ecology of carnivorous dinosaurs changed as they grew?

Dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex sometimes went through dramatic anatomical changes as they grew-up. I am interested in understanding how they coexisted with adults of their own species and exploited prey resources.

  • How might have carnivorous dinosaurs responded to a changing prey biota during the Jurassic and Cretaceous?

During the Jurassic and Early Cretaceous, gigantic, long-necked sauropods dominated the landscape in North America; but by the latest Cretaceous, the ecosystem was dominated by smaller horned, duck-billed, and armored dinosaurs. I am interested in understanding how predatory dinosaurs evolved in response to this.

  • How did dinosaur species coexist across an ecosystem?

I am interested in understanding what the fossil record can tell us about niche partitioning and ecosystem occupation of non-avian dinosaurs (both herbivores and carnivores) in North America.


Teaching & Outreach

  • Georgia Southern University
    • 1121 Introduction to the Earth
    • 1340 Principles of Environmental Geology
    • 1122 Historical Geology
  • Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth Summer Programs
    • Course Instructor & Course Mentor for Paleobiology

Last updated: 9/20/2018

DEPARTMENT OF GEOLOGY AND GEOGRAPHY • P.O. Box 8149 • Statesboro, GA 30460 • (912) 478-0667