The CPS board

Active board members

Thomas Denk, Sweden, president

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Else Marie Friis, Sweden, EIC Grana

  • Graduated in geology (major) and botany (minor) from the University of Aarhus 1975/1980
  • Professor of Palaeobotany (since 1987)
  • Head of the Department of Paleobotany (since 1987) and of the Department of Palaeobiology (since 2013), Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
  • Research areas: Paleobotany and palynology

Julia Gravendyck, Germany

  • Currently Post-Doc at Leibniz University Hannover (Institute of Geology), Germany
  • PhD 2021, Freie Universität Berlin & Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum, Germany
  • Mesozoic paleobotany and palynology; taxonomy & nomenclature, vegetation dynamics in the context of environmental stress; evolution of earliest angiosperms
  • Main areas of work: palynostratigraphy & paleoecology of the Triassic–Cretaceous in Northern Europe and the Lower Cretaceous of Portugal

Niina Kuosmanen, Finland

  • PhD in geology (2016) from University of Helsinki
  • Postdoctoral researcher at Czech University of Life Sciences Prague since 2016
  • Main research areas: Paleoecology, Quaternary vegetation history, Forest ecology and disturbances
  • Main topics: Holocene boreal forest dynamics, climate-, fire- and human impact on boreal vegetation change, Holocene disturbance dynamics in boreal and temperate forests

Sofie Lindström, Denmark, treasurer

  • PhD/Associate Professor
  • Graduated from Lund University 1989/1994
  • Twenty-two years of experience within university, consultancy/oil industry and survey work
  • Senior Researcher at GEUS – Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland since 2008
  • Main areas of work: Late Palaeozoic-Mesozoic palynology, palynostratigraphy, palaeoecology/ -climatology, basin development and correlations
  • Topics: ecosystem evolution & palaeoclimatology
  • Website and geo-blog

Christian Pott, Germany, secretary

  • PhD 2007, University of Münster, Germany
  • Head of the Palaeontology Unit at the LWL- Museum of Natural History, Münster, Germany
  • 2008-2017: Researcher at the Palaeobiology Dept, Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm
  • Mesozoic palaeobotany; reproductive and vege- tative architecture of Bennettitales and Nilsso- niales, their evolution, biology,  biogeography
  • Current studies cover Upper Triassic-Lower Cretaceous floras from Svalbard, Austria, Sweden, China, Australia and Antarctica

Katarzyna Śliwińska, Denmark

  • PhD (2011) from Aarhus University
  • Researcher at GEUS (Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland) since 2011
  • Main research areas: late Paleogene climate history of the North Atlantic region and the North Sea Basin; Early Cretaceous dinocyst biostratigraphy of the high Arctic region
  • Expertise: biostratigraphy, palynology, palynofacies, biomarkers


Anne E. Bjune, Norway, substitute

  • Dr scient/PhD: Palaeoecologist/Biologist
  • Graduated from University of Bergen, Norway, 2004
  • Senior researcher at Uni Research Climate, Bergen, Norway, from 2004-2016
  • Since August 2016 - Associate Professor at University of Bergen
  • Main areas of work: biology, palaeoecology, Quaternary vegetation and climate history, research and teaching
  • Main topics: Holocene pollen and plant microfossils, climate-, vegetation-, and tree-line-history, land use and human impact, modern pollen deposition and its relation to current vegetation

Sissel Kvernes, Norway, substitute

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Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen, Denmark, substitute

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