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Staff and Contacts

Many researchers, curators and collection assistants work at the Department of Palaeobiology.

The staff are situated in the Palaeobiology building, behind the main museum building.


Mailing Address

Enheten för Paleobiologi
Naturhistoriska Riksmuseet
P.O. Box 50007
SE-104 05 Stockholm

Visiting Address

Svante Arrhenius väg 9
SE-114 18 Stockholm


Head of Department

Vivi Vajda

Deputy Head of Department

Lars Werdelin


Ewa Sjödinexternal link

Paleobotanical Collections

Stephen McLoughlin

Paleozoological Collections

Lars Werdelin


Permanent staff

Thomas Denk, Senior Curator.
Research: Evolution of woody flowering plants.

Therese Flink, Curator.

Jonas Hagström, Curator.
Curation of the collections, loans, documentation.

Ove Johansson, Curator.
Collections. Collections database.

Steffen Kiel, Senior Curator
Research: Invertebrate palaeobiology

Pollyanna von Knorring, Scientific Illustrator.
Scientific illustrations.

Cecilia Larsson, Curator.

Anna Lindström, Senior Assistant.
Collections, research assistance.

Steve McLoughlin, Professor, Senior Curator.
Research: Palaeozoic and Mesozoic floras.

Thomas Mörs, Senior Curator.
Research: Fossil vertebrates.

Ewa Sjödinexternal link, Junior Admin. Officer.
Economy and administration.

Vivi Vajda, Professor.
Research: Mass extinctions events and climate change, microfossils.

Lars Werdelin, Professor, Senior Curator
Research: Fossil vertebrates.

Postdocs, guest researchers and temporary staff

Benjamin Adroit, Postdoctoral Researcher

Christina Franzén, Associated Researcher
Research: Fossil echinoderms.

Stefan Hagenfeldt, Associated Researcher

Karin Helmens, Associated Researcher

Magnus Ivarsson, Researcher.
Research: The deep biosphere.

Ashley Kruger, Research Engineer

Gaëlle Van Laere, Senior Assistant

Liping Liu, Associated Researcher

Harry Mutvei, Associated Researcher
Research: Fossil and Recent hard tissues.

Susan Nehzati, Postdoctoral Researcher

Anja Nordgren, Senior Assistant

Kristoffer Palmgren, Associated Researcher

Isabelle van Rijssen, Senior Assistant

Therese Sallstedt, Postdoctoral Researcher.
Research: Proterozoic microbial communities.

Olena Shevchuk, Associated Researcher

Sam Slater, Researcher.

Margret Steinthorsdottir, Associated Researcher.

Petter Sverke, Senior Assistant

Tim Topper, Researcher

Ph.D. students

Qun Sui, Ph.D. Student

Yuanyuan Xu, Ph.D. Student


Stefan Bengtson, Professor, emeritus.
Research: Early animal evolution.

Else Marie Friis, Professor, emerita.
Research: Flowering plants