The CPS board

Active board members

Frøydis Eide, Norway, president

  • Dr scient/PhD; Biostratigrapher/Geologist
  • Graduated at University of Bergen, Norway, 1977
  • Seven years of work experience from university
  • Main areas of work: biology, palynology, systematics, Quaternary vegetation history, research, teaching
  • 32 years of work experience from petroleum industry
  • Main areas of work: Mesozoic biostratigraphy and reservoir geology, research and exploration

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

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

Heikki Seppä, Finland, IFPS representative

  • Professor of Quaternary Geology
  • My research focuses on Quaternary environmental changes, mostly on past climate changes and ecological dynamics. I have conducted research in the high latitudes, in the Boreal biome of Europe and North America, and in South America. Originally, I am a pollen analyst, but at present I use a whole suite of proxies and methods and collaborate with biogeographers, climatologists, modellers and statisticians

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

Friðgeir Grímsson, Austria, substitute

  • Text

Sissel Kvernes, Norway, substitute

  • Text

Kaj Raunsgaard Pedersen, Denmark, substitute

  • Text