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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


Acting Head of Department

Christian Skovsted


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, Acting Head of Department
Research: Early skeletal fossils.

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

Therese Flink, Assistant

Stefan Hagenfeldt, Guest Researcher

Karin Helmens, Guest Researcher

Magnus Ivarsson, Researcher.
Research: The deep biosphere.

Ashley Kruger, Postdoctoral Researcher

Luoyang Li, Postdoctral Researcher

Chris Mays, Postdoctoral Researcher

Susan Nehzati, Postdoctoral Researcher

Jungang Peng, Postdoctoral Researcher

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

Sam Slater, Researcher.

Margret Steinthorsdottir, Researcher.

Tim Topper, Researcher.

Ph.D. students

Frida Hybertsen, 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.