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TALK: Geosciences Colloquium Speaker and Paleoecologist Caroline Stromberg (University of Washington)

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 - 4:00pm
022 Deike

Geosciences Colloquium Series Speaker, Caroline Stromberg, paleoecologist and professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington, presents “The Past is the Key to the Present: Using Fossil Plant Silica to Reconstruct the Cenozoic Assembly of Earth and Grassland Ecosystems” on Tuesday, September 17th, at 4 PM in 022 Deike. Directly preceding the talk, a Speaker’s Coffee & Cookies Reception will take place at 3:45 PM in the EMS Museum on the ground floor of Deike.

Estella B. Leopold Professor, Department of Biology, University of Washington

Curator of Paleobotany, Burke Museum of Natural History & Culture, University of Washington

Adjunct Assistant/Associate Professor, Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of Washington.



Ph.D., Integrative Biology, University of California at Berkeley

B.A./M.S., Historical Geology and Paleontology, Lund University, Sweden


Research Interests and Activities

Stromberg is a paleobotanist and paleoecologist interested in how plants have shaped Earth’s ecosystems through time. She has a special interest in the evolution of grasses and the spread of grasslands in the last 70 million years, and what that has meant for evolution for animals and other plants on earth.


Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Washington, Stromberg was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm. She also served as a Research Associate with the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and as a Paleosociety Distinguished Lecturer. Stromberg’s awards include, among other, the 2017 Paleontological Society Fellow, the 2017 Paleontological Charles Schuchert Award for work excellence and quality, and the Ecological Society of America’s Cooper Award for her outstanding contributions to the field.