Staff Spotlight

Dr. Richard C. Hulbert

Richard Hulbert headshotVertebrate Paleontology Collections Manager
206 Dickinson Hall
Museum Road & Newell Drive
GainesvilleFL 32611



Ph.D. University of Florida, 1987

Florida Museum Vertebrate Paleontology


Research Interests

Systematics, evolution, biochronology, and biogeography of Neogene and Quaternary North American mammals; ungulate community evolution and paleoecology; taphonomy and multivariate morphometrics of fossil vertebrates; geochronology and stratigraphy of the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains.


Current Field Work

Conducts field work at Miocene, Pliocene, and Pleistocene vertebrate fossil localities in Florida, Georgia, and Tennessee.



Jason Bourque, Fossil Preparator

Arthur Poyer, Associate Scientist


Representative Publications

Mörs, T., and R. C. Hulbert Jr. 2010. Anchitheriomys Roger, 1898 orAmblycastor Matthew, 1918 (Rodentia, Castoridae)? Taxonomic implications of a mandible from the Miocene of Florida. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30(6):1899–1902.

Hulbert Jr., R. C. 2010. A new early Pleistocene tapir (Mammalia: Perissodactyla) from Florida, with a review of Blancan tapirs from the state. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 49(3):67-126.

Eagle, R. A., E. A. Schauble, A. K. Tripati, T. Tütken, R. C. Hulbert Jr., and J. M. Eiler. 2010. Body temperatures of modern and extinct vertebrates from 13C-18O bond abundances in bioapatite. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 107(23):10377-10382.

Schubert, B. W., R. C. Hulbert, Jr., B. J. MacFadden, M. Searle, and S. Searle. 2010. Giant short-faced bears (Arctodus simus) in Pleistocene Florida USA, a substantial range extension. Journal of Paleontology 84(1):79-87.

Hulbert Jr., R. C., G. S. Morgan, and A. Kerner. 2009. Collared peccary (Mammalia, Artiodactyla, Tayassuidae, Pecari) from the late Pleistocene of Florida. Pp. 543-555 in L. B. Albright III (ed.), Papers on Geology, Vertebrate Paleontology, and Biostratigraphy in Honor of Michael O. Woodburne. Museum of Northern Arizona Bulletin 65. Flagstaff, Arizona.

Hulbert Jr., R. C., S. C. Wallace, W. E. Klippel, and P. W. Parmalee. 2009. Cranial morphology and systematics of an extraordinary sample of the late Neogene dwarf tapir, Tapirus polkensis (Olsen). Journal of Paleontology 83(2):238–262.

MacFadden, B. J., and R. C. Hulbert Jr. 2009. Calibration of mammoth (Mammuthus) dispersal into North America using rare earth elements of Plio-Pleistocene mammals from Florida. Quaternary Research 71(1):41-48.

Webb, S. D., R. C. Hulbert Jr., G. S. Morgan, and H. F. Evans. 2008. Terrestrial mammals of the Palmetto Fauna (early Pliocene, latest Hemphillian) from the Central Florida Phosphate District. Pp. 293-312 in X. Wang and L. G. Barnes (eds.), Geology and Vertebrate Paleontology of Western and Southern North America. Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County Science Series, Number 41.

MacFadden, B. J., J. Labs-Hochstein, R. C. Hulbert Jr., and J. A. Baskin. 2007. Revised age of the late Neogene terror bird (Titanis) in North America during the Great American Interchange. Geology 35(2):123-126.

Hulbert Jr., R. C., and F. C. Whitmore. 2006. Late Miocene mammals from the Mauvilla local fauna, Alabama. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 46(1):1-28.

Hulbert Jr., R. C. 2005. Late Miocene Tapirus (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) from Florida, with description of a new species, Tapirus webbi. Bulletin of the Florida Museum of Natural History 45(4):465-494.

Green, J. L., and R. C. Hulbert Jr. 2005. The deciduous premolars of Mammut americanum (Mammalia, Proboscidea). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 25(3):702-715.

Hulbert Jr., R. C. 2001. The Fossil Vertebrates of Florida. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 384 pp.