Laura Soul is a Deep-Time postdoctoral fellow in the Paleobiology department at the National Museum of Natural History. She is a recent transplant to the USA, coming from the UK after completing her PhD at the University of Oxford. Her research focuses on using fossils to understand and model how evolution and extinction happen on very long timescales. She has studied everything from large ocean-going reptiles from the Jurassic to tiny bats and rodents from the present. She also coordinates citizen science projects for the Paleobiology department and produces the Palaeocast podcast.