Department of Evolutionary Paleobiology


Tomasz SZCZYGIELSKI, Ph.D. Student

Triassic turtles, genesis of Testudinata; diversity, evolution and phylogeny of reptiles




CURRICULUM VITAE



Personal data

Tomasz Sczygielski
Born 4 January 1989 in Warsaw, Poland


Academic degrees 
  • 2011 – B.Sc. in biology; The genesis of turtles (Testudines) – the current state of knowledge; Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences; scientific supervisor: Prof. Magdalena Borsuk-Białynicka, Ph.D., D.Sc.
  • 2013 – M.Sc. in biology; The genesis of turtles (Testudines) based on the new materials from the Triassic of Poland; Faculty of Agriculture and Biology, Warsaw University of Life Sciences; scientific supervisor: Tomasz Sulej, Ph.D, D.Sc.
  • 2013 – Ph.D. student at the International Doctoral Studies Course in the Biological Sciences with the PAS in Warsaw; Institute of Paleobiology PAS; scientific supervisor: Tomasz Sulej, Ph.D, D.Sc.
  • Since 2014 – Ph.D. students’ representative in the Scientific Board of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.

Scientific meetings
  • 7 IX 2010 – 4th Popular Science Session “Silesian Dinosaurs Not Only from Krasiejów” (Institute of Paleobiology PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
  • 2010-2013 – seminaries of the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS (Institute of Paleobiology PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
  • 2010-2012 – meetings of the Evolution Enthusiasts (Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS, Warsaw, Poland).
  • 2012-2016 – „journal club” seminaries (Department of Paleobiology and Evolution, Faculty of Biology, University of Warsaw, Warsaw, Poland).
  • 1-4 VI 2012 – Symposium on Turtle Evolution 2012 (Tübingen University, Tübingen, Germany).
  • 9-11 V 2014 – 4th Student Conference of Evolutionary Biology (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland).
  • 8-12 VII 2015 – 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (Opole University, Opole, Poland).
  • 17-18 VII 2015 – Young in Paleontology 7 (Sławno, Poland).
  • 20-23 VII 2015 – 5th Turtle Evolution Symposium (Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).
  • 9 XII 2015 – 5th Popular Science Session “Silesian Dinosaurs (Not Only) from Krasiejów” (Institute of Geological Sciences PAS, Cracow, Poland).
  • 20-24 IV 2016 – 7th Student Conference of Evolutionary Biology (Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland).
  • 21-13 IX 2016 – 23rd Science Conference of Paleontological Section of PGS (Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland).


Research trips and internships

  • 2010 – one month-long internship in the Museum and Institute of Zoology PAS (e.g., collection indexing, work with a scanning electron microscope).
  • 2011 – active participation in two weeks-long excavations in Lisowice.
  • 2011 – active participation in two weeks-long excavations in Krasiejów as part of the Field Paleobiology course on the University of Warsaw.
  • Since 2011 – work in the preparation room of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS (voluntary service and as part of the M.Sc. and Ph.D. studies).
  • 2012 – active participation in two weeks-long excavations in Poręba.
  • 2012 – leadership of three days-long student excavations in Poręba.
  • IX 2013 – active participation in three weeks-long excavations in the Permian of Russia (Vyazniki).
  • Since 2013 – regular reconnaissance and control field trips to the Holy Cross Mountains, southern Mazovia and Silesia.
  • 14-29 IV 2014 – research visit in Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart and in Carl-Schweizer-Museum Murrhardt (comparative studies and photographic, graphic, and descriptive documentation of the turtles and protorosaurs).
  • 2014 – leadership of the two weeks-long student excavations in Krasiejów.
  • 2015 – leadership of the two weeks-long student excavations in Poręba.
  • XII 2016 – three days-long research visit in Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (comparative studies and photographic, graphic, and descriptive documentation of the turtles, placodonts and temnospondyls).


Prizes and awards

  • 2014 – first place in best oral presentation competition of the 4th Student Evolutionary Biology Conference.


Other activities

  • V 2014 – preparation of the activities and stand, and active participation in the 18th Science Picnic in Warsaw as a representative of the Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.
  • 2014-2016 – conducting of the country-wide recruitments for the student excavation camps.
  • 7 VI 2015 – active participation in „The Lost World of Dinosaurs” picnic organized by National Geographic Poland in the Praga Park in Warsaw as a representative of the Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.
  • VII 2015-II 2016 – filming and production (video and sound editing) of three promotional video for the „Evolution in the Sea” exhibition in the Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.
  • III 2016 – help with the translation of the English-language visitor guide for the visitors of the Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.
  • VI 2016 – peer-review of the article for Cretaceous Research.
  • II 2017 – filming of the promotional video for the Museum of Evolution of the Institute of Paleobiology PAS.


Publications


Scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals

Szczygielski T., Sulej T. 2016. 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 the Linnean Society 177 (2): 395-427. [text - journal site]

Szczygielski T. 2017. Homeotic shift at the dawn of the turtle evolution. Royal Society Open Science 4: 160933. [text - journal site]


Popular science articles

Szczygielski T. 2015. Kiedy żółwie zerwały się do podmorskiego lotu (When the turtles started their subaquatic flight). Ewolucja 5: 18-27.

Szczygielski T., Sulej T. 2017. Poręba 215 mln lat temu (Poręba 215 mya). Poręba City Hall Internet page, online on 21 II 2017 (http://www.umporeba.pl/index.php/kultura/578-poreba-215-mln-lat-temu).

Conference abstracts

Sulej T., Szczygielski T. 2012. New turtles from the Triassic of Poland. Oral presentation. Symposium on Turtle Evolution 2012, Abstracts: 41. 2 VI 2012, Department of Geology, Tübingen University, Tübingen, Germany.

Szczygielski T.
2014. Tajemnica genezy żółwi (The enigma of turtle genesis). Oral presentation. VI Studencka Konferencja Biologii Ewolucyjnej, Referaty: 52. 11 V 2014, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Cracow, Poland.

Sulej T., Niedźwiedzki G., Szczygielski T., Tałanda M. 2014. A new Triassic (Ladinian) association with a large temnospondyl, sauropterygians, a gigantic prolacertiform, and an archosauriform in Miedary (Southern Poland). Poster. 74th Meeting of Society of Vertebrate Paleontology Abstracts of Papers: 237. 6 XI 2014, Estrel Berlin, Berlin, Niemcy.

Szczygielski T. 2015. Investigating the ancestral shell: preliminary data on new material of Proterochersis, the earliest fully-shelled turtle. Oral presentation. 13th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists, Abstracts: 90. 10 VII 2015, Univeristy of Opole, Opole, Poland.

Szczygielski T. 2015. Późnojurajskie żółwie z Krzyżanowic oraz geneza śladów bioerozji na ich pancerzach (The Late Jurassic turtles from Krzyżanowice and the genesis of the bioerosion traces on their shells). Oral presentation. Młodzi w Paleontologii VII, Przewodnik wycieczek terenowych, abstrakty i artykuły: 20. 17 VII 2015, Sławno, Poland.

Szczygielski T. 2015. New data on the oldest turtles: revision and reconsideration of Proterochersidae. Oral presentation. PeerJ PrePrints 3:e1059. 5th Turtle Evolution Symposium, Program and Abstracts: 12. 21 VII 2015, Museu Nacional, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Szczygielski T. 2015. Późnotriasowe żółwie z Poręby – pochodzenie i wczesna ewolucja Testudinata (The Late Triassic turtles from Poręba – the origin and the early evolution of Testudinata). Oral presentation. V Sesja Krasiejowska „Śląskie dinozaury (nie tylko) z Krasiejowa”, Abstrakty: 20. 9 XII 2015, Institute of Geological Sciences PAS, Cracow, Poland.

Szczygielski T., Tyborowski D. 2016. Żółwie Polski od triasu do dziś (The turtles of Poland from the Triassic till now). VII Studencka Konferencja Biologii Ewolucyjnej, Abstrakty: 34. 24 VI 2016, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland.

Szczygielski T. 2016. Znaczenie późnotriasowych żółwi z rodziny Proterochersidae z Polski i Niemiec dla zrozumienia najwcześniejszej ewolucji Testudinata (The impact of the Late Triassic turtles of the family Proterochersidae from Poland and Germany on the understanding of the earliest evolution of Testudinata). Oral presentation. XXIII Konferencja Naukowa Sekcji Paleontologicznej PTG. 21-13 IX 2016, Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.

Szczygielski T., Tyborowski D. 2016. Nowy durofagiczny żółw morski z jury Polski (A new durophagous marine turtle from the Jurassic of Poland). Oral presentation. XXIII Konferencja Naukowa Sekcji Paleontologicznej PTG. 21-13 IX 2016, Institute of Geology, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland.



Contact



Tomasz Szczygielski
Institute of Paleobiology PAS
ul. Twarda 51/55
PL-00-818 Warsaw, POLAND
e-mail: t.szczygielski@twarda.pan.pl, t.e.szczygielski@gmail.com
phone: (+48 22) 6978-893; room 147