Department of Evolutionary Zoology and Human Biology
University of Debrecen
Magyarul  |  in English
Dr Gareth Dyke

Research interests:

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist/evolutionary biologist with particular interest in the evolution of birds within theropod dinosaurs. I am interested in the transitions in avian evolution before, and after, the end Cretaceous mass extinction as well as in dinosaur reproduction and vertebrate flight.

I am currently a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Debrecen (2016-present), and was the recipient (2014-2015) of an International Fellowship from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Previously, I was based at the University of Southampton (2011-2015, Associate Professor), University College Dublin (2002-2011, Senior Lecturer), and the American Museum of Natural History (Chapman Postdoctoral Fellow; 2000-2002). I am a Research Associate of the AMNH (2002-) and the National Museum of Ireland (2011-), and was a Senior Research Fellow at Queens University Belfast (2010-2011).

Since 2004, I have been the Editor-in-Chief of the Taylor & Francis journal Historical Biology. In this role, I have led the journal from zero copy (2004), to first impact factor (2010), and to an IF of 2.059 and a ranking 9/54 in the paleobiology category (2016).

Selected publications:

Laurent, C.M., Ahmed, S.I., Boardman, R.P., Cook, R.B., Dyke, G., Palmer, C., Schneider, P., & DeKat, R. (2019). Imaging techniques for observing laminar geometry in the feather shaft cortex. Journal of Microscopy (In press)

Zitouni, S., Laurent, C.M., Dyke, G., Jalil, N. (2019). An abelisaurid ilium from the Upper Cretaceous (Cenomanian) of Morocco. PLoS ONE

Schwarz D., Kundrát, M., Tischlinger, H., Dyke, G., & Carney, R.M. (2019) Ultraviolet light illuminates the avian nature of the Berlin Archaeopteryx skeleton. Scientific Reports (2019) 9:6518 |

Loránd, S., Burai, P., Deák, B., Dyke, G., & Szabó, S. (2019). Assessing the efficiency of multispectral satellite and airborne hyperspectral images for land cover mapping in an aquatic environment with emphasis on the water caltrop (Trapa natans). International Journal of Remote Sensing

Szép, T., Dobránszky, J., Møller, A.P., Dyke, G., & Lendvai, A.Z. (2019). Older birds have better feathers: A longitudinal study on the long-distance migratory Sand Martin, Riparia riparia. PLoS ONE

Dyke, G. (2019). Does the early career ‘publish or perish’ myth represent an opportunity for the publishing industry? Learned Publishing

Fernández, S.M., Wang, X., Vremir, M., Laurent, C., Naish, D., Kaiser, K., & Dyke, G. (2019). A mixed vertebrate eggshell assemblage from the Transylvanian Late Cretaceous. Scientific Reports 9: 1944 (2019)

Vremir, M., Dyke, G., Csiki-Sava, Z., Grigorescu, D. & Buffetaut, E. (2018). A partial mandible of a giant pterosaur from the Maastrichtian of the Hațeg Basin, Romania. Lethaia DOI: 10.1111/let.12268.

Balázs, B., Bíró, T., Dyke, G., Sudhir, S. & Szilard, S. (2018). Extracting water-related features using reflectance data and principal component analysis of Landsat images. Hydrological Sciences Journal DOI:10.1080/02626667.2018.1425802

Osvath, G., Daubner, T., Dyke, G., Fuisz, T., Nord, A., Pénzes, J., Vargancsik, D., Vagasi, Cs., Vincze, O. & Pap, P. (2018). How feathered are birds? Environment predicts both the mass and density of body feathers. Functional Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.13019.

Muscutt, L, Dyke, G., Weymouth, G., Naish, D., Palmer, C. & Ganapathisubramani, G. (2017). The four flipper swimming method of plesiosaurs enabled fast and effective locomotion. Proceedings of the Royal Society, 284: 20170951.

Wang, X., Nudds, R.L., Palmer, C. & Dyke, G. (2017). Primary feather vane asymmetry is a poor metric of flight style in extant birds and should not be used to predict the flight capabilities of feathered fossils. Science Bulletin 62: 1227-1228

Barker, C.T., Naish, D., Newham, E., Katsamenis & Dyke, G. (2017). Complex neuroanatomy in the rostrum of the Isle of Wight theropod Neovenator salerii. Scientific Reports DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-03671-3.

Johnson, M.M., Young, M.T., Steel, L., Foffa, D., Smith, A.S., Hua, S., Havlik, P., Howlett, E.A., & Dyke, G. (2017). Re-description of ‘Steneosaurusobtusidens Andrews, 1909, an unusual macrophagous teleosaurid crocodylomorph from the Middle Jurassic of England. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society DOI: 10.1093/zoolinnean/zlx035

Pap, P., Vincze, O., Wekerle, B., Daubner, T., Vagasi, Cs., Nudds, R., Dyke, G., & Osvath, G. (2017). A phylogenetic comparative analysis reveals correlations between body feather structure and habitat. Functional Ecology DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12820.

Averianov, A.O., Danilov, I.G., Skutschas, P.P., Kuzmin, I.T., Sues H-D., & Dyke, G. (2016). The Late Cretaceous vertebrate assemblages of western Kazakhstan, in Khosla, A. and Lucas, S.G. (eds.), Cretaceous Period: Biotic Diversity and Biogeography. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin, 71, 5-17.

Averianov, A.O., Sues, H-D., Dyke, G., & Bayshashov, B. (2016) Hind limb bones of an ornithomimid dinosaur from the Upper Cretaceous Bostobe Formation, northeastern Aral Sea region, Kazakhstan. Palaeoworld (DOI: 10.1016/j.palwor.2016.01.003).

Hurum, J., Roberts, A.J., Dyke, G., Grundvag, S-A., Nakrem, H.A., Midtkandal, I., Sliwinska, K.K., & Olaussen, S. (2016) Bird or maniraptoran dinosaur? - a femur from the Albian strata of Spitsbergen, Arctic Norway. Palaeontologia Polonica, 67, 137-147.

Csiki-Sava , Z., Vremir, M., Vasile, Ș., Brusatte, S., Dyke, G., Naish, D., Norell, M., & Totoianu, R. (2016) The East Side Story – The Transylvanian latest Cretaceous continental vertebrate record and its implications for understanding Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary events. Cretaceous Research, 57, 662-698.

Vremir, M., Dyke, G., & Totoianu, R. (2015) Repertoire of Late Cretaceous localities from the Sebes area, Alba County (Romania). Terra Sebus. Acta Musei Sabesiensis, 7, 695-724.

Google scholar