Department of Evolutionary Paleobiology


Tomasz SULEJ, Ph.D, D.Sc.


Triassic labyrinthodonts: phylogeny, evolution, and systematics


CURRICULUM VITAE



Personal data

Tomasz Sulej
born 6 August 1974 in Warsaw, Poland
married, three children


Academic degrees
  • 1993-1998 Study at Biology Faculty at Warsaw University
  • 1998 M.Sc. in ecology at Warsaw University (fossil amphibians)
  • 2006 Ph.D. at Institute of Paleobiology PAS (Osteology and evolution of temnospondyl metoposaur)
  • 2014 D.Sc. in Biological Sciences

The most important achievements
  • Discovery and description of a locality with the first dicynodonts known from the Germanic Basin at Woźniki (Sulej et al. 2011).
  • Description of a fauna with the oldest dicynodonts and largest theropod in Europe from Lisowice (Dzik et al. 2008)
  • Discovery and description of a locality with the oldest turtles and first Mesozoic record of  limbs in Poland from Poręba (Sulej et al. 2012).
  • Description of a new capitosaur from the Holy Cross Mountains, which was the largest tetrapod of its time (Sulej i Niedźwiedzki 2013).
  • Description of the oldest aetosaur from Europe with a presentation of aetosaurian evolution (Sulej 2010)

Didactics
  • Leading of students during student practices in Institute of Paleobiology PAN
  • Leading of students during excavations In Krasiejów, Lisowice, Woźniki, Poręba, Vyazniki (Russia) in 2000-2013
  • Leading of students during preparation of MSc paper as co-leader (twice) or as a leader (once) and in the preparation of a licentiate paper (once)

Scientific expeditions
  • 2013 leader of a large expedition to Late Permian and Early Triassic localities in Russia. These were two-weeks excavations in which 13 students from Poland were able work directly with Russian scientists.
  • 2013 leader of a large expedition to a Middle Triassic locality in Tunisia. This expedition allowed 2 students from Poland to work directly with Tunisian scientists.
  • 2010 leader of a large expedition to Late Permian and Early Triassic localities in Russia. These were two-weeks excavations in which 18 students from Poland were able work directly with Russian scientists.
  • 2008 leader of small expedition to Late Permian and Early Triassic localities in Russia.
  • 2006 expedition to a Late Jurassic locality in the Karatau Mountains of Kazakhstan.

Scientific visits in foreign institutions
  • 2013 comparative study of Late Triassic vertebrates in the collections of the Museum of Natural History and Science, Albuquerque, New Mexico and Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts (both USA).
  • 2012 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in Porto Alegre University, Porto Alegre, Brazil.
  • 2012 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in California University Berkeley, California, USA.
  • 2008 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in the Geological Museum, Calcutta, India.
  • 2007 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in the University of Tubingen, Tubingen, Germany.
  • 2007 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in the Staatliche Museum Für Naturkunde in Stuttgart, Germany.
  • 2007 comparative study of the collection the Late Triassic vertebrates in the Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom.
  • 2000–2003 participation in research grant of Prof. M. Borsuk-Białynicka, from the Polish Committee of Scientific Research on the origin and evolution of Archosauriformes based on Polish material.
  • 2000-2002 participation in a research grant of Prof. Jerzy Dzik on the Late Triassic terrestrial fauna from Krasiejów, Poland.
  • 2002 comparative study Late Triassic vertebrates in the collection of the Geological Museum, Calcutta, India.
  • 2000 comparative study of temnospondyl amphibians in the collection of the Paleontological Institute, Moscow, Russia.
  • 2000 comparative study of Late Triassic vertebrates in the collection of the Natural History Museum, Paris, France.
  • 1999 cooperation with the Paleontological Museum, Oslo, Norway in preparing the skull of a large theropod dinosaur.
  • 1998 comparative study temnospondyl amphibians in the collection of the Staatliche Museum Für Naturkunde, Stuttgart, Germany.

Participation and/or contribution in scientific meetings
  • 2001 International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology. (poster)
  • 2002 8th International Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems Cape Town. (lecture)
  • 2007 Meeting of Palaeoherpetologics (Palherp), (lecture), Stuttgart, Germany
  • 2008 International Conference on Geology Indian Scenario and Global Context Geological Studies Unit, Calcutta (lecture), India
  • 2008 9 th Paleontological Conference, (lecture), Warsaw
  • 2009 69 th Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, (lecture), Bristol, United Kingdom
  • 2012 with Szczygielski, T. Symposium on Turtle Evolution in Tubingen, Germany (lecture)

Organizational activities
  • 2011-Present, Manager of the Museum of Evolution of  the Institute of Paleobiology PAN.
  • 2008-2010, Consultant to paleontological exhibitions at the Museum of Nature and Technics in Starachowice and in Jurapark in Krasiejów.
  • 2007-2008, Participation in the founding of a new paleontological museum in Lisowice, Poland.
  • 2000-2004, Participation in the realization of a new exhibit in the Museum of Evolution of Institute of Paleobiology PAN.
  • 2000-2007, Origination and organization of the first large paleontological excavations in Poland (in cooperation with Prof. Jerzy Dzik).
Grants
  • 2013-2015 research grant from the Ministry of Science and Information on the early evolution of mammals (manager).
  • 2011-2013 research grant from the Ministry of Science and Information on the early evolution of archosaurs (manager).
  • 2008 grant National Geographic Polska for research of polish Triassic (manager).
  • 2007–2009 research grant from the Ministry of Science and Information on the evolution of herbivory in archosaurs (manager).
  • 2000–2003 participation in research grant of Prof. M. Borsuk-Białynicka, from the Polish Committee of Scientific Research on the origin and evolution of Archosauriformes based on Polish material.
  • 2000-2002 participation in a research grant of Prof. Jerzy Dzik on the Late Triassic terrestrial fauna from Krasiejów, Poland.

The most important distinctions
  • 2005 One-year fellowship granted by Foundation for Polish Science (FNP).
  • 2002 Conference grant of Foundation for Polish Science (FNP).
  • 2008 Travel Award „Discovery of the year” (together with Professor Jerzy Dzik and Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki MSc).
  • 2008 Presidential Award of the Polish Academy of Sciences, (together with Professor Jerzy Dzik  and Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki MSc).
  • 2013 nomination for the 2012 Travel Award „Discovery of the year” (together with Grzegorz Niedźwiedzki MSc).

Research interests
  • Evolution of thecodonts and temnospondyls
  • Paleontology of the Triassic



Publications



Scientific articles

Orginal papers in JCR
1.    Sulej, T. 2002. Species discrimination of the Late Triassic labyrinthodont Metoposaurus diagnosticus. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 47, 535–546. [Full text - PDF]
2.    Sulej, T. and Majer, D. 2005. The temnospondyl amphibian Cyclotosaurus from the Late Triassic of Poland. Palaeontology 48, 157–170. [Full text - PDF]
3.    Sulej, T. 2005 A new rauisuchian reptile (Diapsida: Archosauria) from the Late Triassic of Poland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 25, 78–86. [Full text - PDF]
4.    Dzik, J., Sulej, T., and Niedźwiedzki, G. 2008 A dicynodont−theropod association in the latest Triassic of Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 53: 733–738. [Full text - PDF]
5.    Brusatte, S.L., Butler, R.J., Sulej, T. and Niedźwiedzki, G. 2009. The taxonomy and anatomy of rauisuchian archosaurs from the Late Triassic of Germany and Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 54, 221–230. [Full text - PDF]
6.    Sulej, T. 2010. The skull of an early Late Triassic aetosaur and the evolution of the stagonolepidid archosaurian reptiles. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 158, 860–881. [Text - journal site]
7.    Dzik, J., Sulej, T., Niedźwiedzki, G. 2010. Possible link connecting reptilian scales with avian feathers from the early Late Jurassic of Kazakstan. Historical Biology 22, 394-402. [Text - journal site]
8.    Fostowicz-Frelik, Ł. and Sulej, T. 2010 Bone histology of Silesaurus opolensis Dzik, 2003 from the Late Triassic of Poland. Lethaia 43, 137–148. [Text - journal site]
9.    Niedźwiedzki, G., Gorzelak, P., and Sulej, T. 2011 Bite traces on dicynodont bones and the early evolution of large terrestrial predators. Lethaia 44, 87–92. [Text - journal site]
10.    Tałanda, M., Dzięcioł, S., Sulej, T., and Niedźwiedzki, G 2011 Vertebrate burrow system from the Upper Triassic of Poland. Palaios 26, 99–105. [Text - journal site]
11.    Sulej, T., Bronowicz, R., Tałanda, M. and Niedźwiedzki, G. 2011 A new dicynodont-archosaur assemblage from the Late Triassic (Carnian) of Poland. Earth & Environmental Science Transactions of The Royal Society of Edinburgh 101, 261–269. [Text - journal site]
12.    Niedźwiedzki, G., Sulej, T., and Dzik, J., 2012 A large predatory archosaur from the Late Triassic of Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57, 267–276. [Text - journal site]
13.    Sulej, T., Niedźwiedzki, G., and Bronowicz, R. 2012 A new Late Triassic vertebrate fauna from Poland with turtles, aetosaurs, and coelophysoid dinosaurs. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32, 1033-1041. [Text - journal site]
14.    Owocki, K., Niedźwiedzki , G.,  Sennikov, AG. Golubev, VK., Janiszewska, K., and Sulej, T. 2012 Upper Permian vertebrate coprolites from the Vyazniki and Gorokhovets, Vyatkian gorizont, Russian platform. Palaios 27, 867–877. [Text - journal site]
15.     Brusatte, S.L., Butler, R.J., Niedźwiedzki, G., Sulej, T.,  Bronowicz, R., Satkunas, J. 2013 First record of Mesozoic terrestrial vertebrates from Lithuania: phytosaurs (Diapsida: Archosauriformes) of probable Late Triassic age, with a review of phytosaur biogeography. Geological Magazine 150, 110–121. [Text - journal site]
16.    Sulej, T. and Niedźwiedzki, G. 2013 A new large capitosaur temnospondyl amphibian from the Early Triassic of Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58, 65–75. [Text - journal site]
17.    Desojo, J.B., Heckert, A.B., Martz, J.W., Parker, W.G., Schoch, R.R., Small, B.J., Sulej, T. 2013. Aetosauria: a clade of armoured pseudosuchians from the Late Triassic continental beds. In: S.J. Nesbitt, J.B. Desojo and R.B. Irmis (eds.) Anatomy, Phylogeny and Palaeobiology of Early Archosaurs and their Kin. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, 379.
18.     Świło, M., Niedźwiedzki, G., Sulej, T. 2014. Mammal-like tooth from the Upper Triassic of
Poland. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 59, 815–820.  [Text - journal site]
19.     Sulej, T. , Wolniewicz, A., Bonde, N., Błażejowski, B., Niedźwiedzki, G., Tałanda, M.  2014 New perspectives on the Late Triassic vertebrates of East Greenland: preliminary results of a Polish−Danish palaeontological expedition.  Polish Polar Research 35, 541–552. [Text - journal site]
20.     Niedźwiedzki, G., Brusatte, S.L., Sulej, T., Butler, R.J. 2014 Basal dinosauriform and theropod dinosaurs from the middle-late Norian (Late Triassic) of Poland: implications for Triassic dinosaur evolution and distribution. Palaeontology. 57, 1121–1142. [Text - journal site]
21.     Bajtek, P., Qvarnstrom, M. , Owocki, K., Sulej, T., Sennikov, AG., Golubev, VK., Niedźwiedzki, G. (in press) Microbiota and food residues including possible evidence of pre-mammalian hair in Upper Permian coprolites from Russia Lethaia.
22.     Szczygielski, T. and Sulej, T. (in press) Revision of the Triassic European turtles Proterochersis and Murrhardtia (Reptilia, Testudinata, Proterochersidae), with the description of new taxa from Poland and Germany Zoological Journal of Lineal Society.
23.     Lebedev, OA. Sennikov, AG. Golubev, VK. Krupina, NI. Niedzwiedzki, G. and Sulej, T. 2015 The First Find of Permian Ceratodontids (Dipnoi, Osteichthyes) in Russia. Paleontological Journal, 49, 1112–1124. [Text - journal site]



Papers out of JCR list
1.    Dzik, J., Sulej, T., Kaim, A., and Niedźwiedzki, R. 2000. Późnotriasowe cmentarzysko lądowych czworonogów w Krasiejowie na Śląsku Opolskim (Late Triassic graveyard of large Triassic tetrapods in the Opole Silesia). Przegląd Geologiczny 48, 226–235.
2.    Sulej, T. 2007. Osteology, variability, and evolution of Metoposaurus, a temnospondyl from the Late Triassic of Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica 64, 29–139. (PhD thesis) [Full text - PDF]
3.    Dzik, J. and Sulej, T. 2007. A review of the early Late Triassic Krasiejów biota from Silesia, Poland. Palaeontologia Polonica 64, 3–27. [Full text - PDF ]
4.    Niedźwiedzki, G. i Sulej, T. 2008. Lipie Śląskie koło Lisowic – okno na późnotriasowy ekosystem lądowy. Przegląd Geologiczny 56, 821–822.
5.    Shishkin, M.A. and Sulej, T. 2009. Temnospondyl amphibians of the Czatkowice tetrapod assemblage. Palaeontologia Polonica 65, 31–77.
6.    Sulej, T. 2009. Modyfikacja rekonstrukcji czaszki triasowego płaza Tatrasuchus z Tatr na podstawie interpretacji jego pokrewieństw. Przegląd Geologiczny 57, 719–722.
7.    Sulej, T., Niedźwiedzki, G., Niedźwiedzki, R., Surmik, D., Stachacz, M. 2011. Nowy zespół kręgowców z marginalno-morskich i lądowych osadów dolnego kajpru (ladyn, środkowy trias) z Miedar na Śląsku. Przegląd Geologiczny 59, 426–430.

Abstracts

1.    Sulej, T. 2001. Metoposaur dominated fossil assemblages of the late Triassic. Abstracts of the 6th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology, 21B26 July 2001, Jena.
2.    Sulej, T. 2002. New materials of the only known late Triassic rauisuchian archosaur from Europe. 8th International Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems Cape Town. Conference Abstract Book. Cape Town, 19.
3.    Sulej, T. 2008 Evolution of the Triassic temnospondyl Gerrothorax. 9th Paleontological Conference 91
4.    Sulej, T. 2009 Early dinosaurs within the vertebrate assemblages of the Germanic basin, and the paleoecology of the Late Triassic ecosystems of Poland. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology,  29, Supplement to Number 3, 187A
5.    Sulej, T. and  Niedźwiedzki, G. 2009 Kapitozaury i trematozaury (płazy tarczogłowe) z wczesnego triasu Wiór w Górach Świętokrzyskich.  Międzynarodowa Konferencja Paleontologiczna. Kręgowce kopalne Polski – morfologia, systematyka, ewolucja we Wrocławiu. Referat z Grzegorzem Niedźwiedzkim
6.    Sulej, T. and Szczygielski, T. 2012 New turtles from Triassic of Poland  In Symposium on Turtle Evolution 2012
7.    Niedźwiedzki G., Bonde N.,  Błażejowski B., Tałanda M.,  Wolniewicz A.,  Sulej T. 2014 Early sauropodomorph footprints in the Late Triassic, East Greenland. 4th International Paleontological Congress, Mendoga, Argentyna. 2014
8.    Szczygielski, T., Sulej, T, Niedźwiedzki, G. and Tałanda, M. 2014 A new Triassic (Ladinian) association with a large temnospondyl, sauropterygians, a gigantic prolacertiform, and an archosauriform in Miedary (Southern Poland). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, Berlin 2014
9.    Świło, M., Niedźwiedzki, G., and Sulej, T. 2015 Mammal-like teeth from the Upper Triassic of Poland. 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists Opole, Poland, 8-12 July 2015 – Abstracts 34
10.    Niedźwiedzki, G., Bonde, N., Tałanda, M., Wolniewicz, A., Błażejowski, B., and Sulej, T. 2015 Early sauropodomorph footprints in the Upper Triassic of East Greenland. 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists Opole, Poland, 8-12 July 2015 – Abstracts 112
11.    Pindakiewicz, M., Tałanda, M., Sennikov, A., Niedźwiedzki, G. and Sulej, T. 2015 The latest Permian - earliest Triassic microvertebrate fauna from the Vyazniki, Russia Abstracts 68 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists Opole, Poland, 8-12 July 2015 – Abstracts 112
12.    Niedźwiedzki, G., Kowalski, J., Świło, M., Owocki, K., Tałanda, M., and Sulej. T. 2015 A Late Triassic microvertebrate fauna from the Lipie Śląskie clay pit at Lisowice, Poland 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists Opole, Poland, 8-12 July 2015 – Abstracts 105

Book reviews
Sulej, T. 2002. Cornucopia. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. 47 (2), 318.

Chapters in course books [in Polish]
1.    Sulej, T. 2000. Mechaniczna preparacji makroskamieiałości W: (red. J. Dzik). Kurs preparacji skamieniałości. 15-16 grudnia 2000 roku. 3–7 Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, Warszawa.
2.    Sulej, T. 2001. Nomenklatoryczny i taksonomiczny status podgatunku w paleozoologii kręgowców. W: (red. J. Dzik) Nomenklatura i taksonomia w paleontologii. Kurs 24 listopada 2001. 11–15 Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, Warszawa.
3.    Sulej, T. 2001. Metopozaury. W: (red. J. Dzik) Paleontologiczne opróbkowanie profilów geologicznych. Kurs terenowy 18–20 maja 2001 roku. 27–31 Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, Warszawa.
4.    Sulej, T. 2001. Aetozaury. W: (red. J. Dzik) Paleontologiczne opróbkowanie profilów geologicznych. Kurs terenowy 18–20 maja 2001 roku. 34–37 Instytut Paleobiologii PAN, Warszawa.
5.    Sulej, T. 2002. Próba odtworzenia ewolucji rauizuchów w związku z nowymi danymi o teratozaurze z Krasiejowa. W: (red. J. Dzik) Metody odtwarzania ewolucji w paleontologii. IV Kurs Paleobiologii Ewolucyjnej 11 maja 2002 roku. 25–28 Wrocław.

Books for the general public [in Polish]
1.    Sulej, T. 2003. Krasiejów. Sensacyjne odkrycia triasowych pra-dinozaurów. 88pp. Przygoda Studio, Opole 2003.
2.    Dzik, J., Sulej, T. 2004. Pierwszy Polski dinozaur. 80 pp. Śląskie Wydawnictwo ADAN, Opole.
3.    Sulej, T. 2004. Krasiejów. Sensationelle Entdeckungen von triassischen Ur-Dinosauriern. 96 pp. Przygoda Studio, Opole 2004. tłum. Grzegorz Jureczko
4.    Sulej, T. 2004. Krasiejów. The ramarkable discovery of Triassic pre-dinosaurs. 96 pp. Przygoda Studio, Opole 2004 tłum. Michał Brodacki & Anna Kondarewicz

Articles for the general public [in Polish]
1.    Sulej, T. 2001. Nowe stanowisko późnotriasowych kręgowców na Śląsku Opolskim. Działalność Naukowa PAN, 11, 52–55.
2.    Sulej, T. 2004 Czy krokodyle zastąpiły fitozaury. Ewolucja 2, 43–46.
3.    Sulej, T. 2004. Krasiejów – okno na świat późnego triasu. Otoczak, 31, 2–22.
4.    Sulej, T. 2006. Two new predators from the Late Triassic of Krasiejów. Annual report 2006, Polish Academy of Sciences, 40–42.
5.    Dzik, J., Niedźwiedzki, G., Sulej, T. 2008 Zaskakujące uwieńczenie ery gadów ssakokształtnych. Ewolucja 3, 2–21.
6.    Sulej, T., Piechowski, R. Tałanda, M. 2008 Smok ze Śląska National Geographic Kids
7.    Niedźwiedzki, G., Sulej, T.  2008 Lipie Ślaskie ko ło Lisowic - okno na późnotriasowy ekosystem lądowy.  Przegląd Geologiczny 56, 821–822.
8.    Sulej, T. Niedźwiedzki, G. 2009. Świt ery dinozaurów. Academia. Magazyn Polskiej Akademii Nauk. 2, 34 –35.
9.    Tałanda M., Niedźwiedzki G., Bronowicz R., Sulej, T. 2010. Polsko-rosyjska ekspedycja do permsko-triasowych stanowisk paleontologicznych na platformie wschodnioeuropejskiej (artykuł informacyjny). Przegląd Geologiczny 58, 127–129.
10.    Sulej, T., Socha, R., Niedźwiedzki, G. 2011 Ekosystem jurajskiego jeziora Karatau i jego otoczenia. Ewolucja 4, 2–15.
11.    Sulej, T., Niedźwiedzki, G. 2011 Jak powstało ptasie pióro? Ewolucja 4, 32–36.
12.    Jachowska-Kazubska, E. and Sulej, T. 2015 Zwyczajny życiorys polskiej badaczki gobijskich dinozaurów. Ewolucja 5, 40-44.

Contact



Tomasz Sulej
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
ul. Twarda 51/55
PL-00-818 Warsaw, POLAND
e-mail: sulej@twarda.pan.pl
phone: (+48 22) 6978-869; room 632