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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

Billing Address

Naturhistoriska riksmuseet
Referens 2212
FE 07
SE-838 73 FRÖSÖN


Head of Department

Professor Vivi Vajda


Ewa Sjödinexternal link

Paleobotanical Collections

Vivi Vajda

Paleozoological Collections

Christian Skovsted


Permanent staff

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

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.

Christian Skovsted, Senior Curator.
Research: Early skeletal fossils.

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

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

Postdocs, guest researchers and temporary staff

Khaled Abo, Assistant.

Veneta Belivanova, Senior Assistant.
Microfossil preparation, X-ray tomography.

Wendy den Boer, Postdoctoral Researcher.

Niclas Borinder, Senior Assistant

Johannes Bouchal, Research Assistant
Research: Cenozoic palynology of the northern hemisphere.

Elena Dunca, Researcher.
Research: Trace elements in bivalve shells.

Larisa Doguzhaeva, Guest Researcher.
Research: Fossil cephalopods.

Stefan Hagenfeldt, Guest Researcher

Magnus Ivarsson, Researcher.
Research: The deep biosphere.

Artem Kouchinsky, Researcher.
Research: Cambrian stratigraphy and skeletal fossils.

Liping Liu, Senior Assistant.

Chris Mays, Postdoctoral Researcher.

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

Sam Slater, Postdoctoral Researcher.

Margret Steinthorsdottir, Researcher.

Tim Topper, Researcher.

Rihab Yousif, Senior Assistant.
Collections, research assistance.

Ph.D. students

Diana Carlsson, Ph.D. Student.

Frida Hybertsen, Ph.D Student.

Qin Yuan, Ph.D. Student


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

Christina Franzén, Curator, emerita.
Research: Fossil echinoderms.

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

Harry Mutvei, Senior Curator, emeritus.
Research: Fossil and Recent hard tissues.