Author: Laura Soul

Laura Soul

Laura Soul is the Deep-Time Science Education Specialist in the Paleobiology department at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. 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 works with the Education and Outreach team on citizen science activities and projects for the National Fossil Hall.

The National Museum of Natural History’s “Earth Temperature History Symposium” convened leading paleoclimate scientists to draw a comprehensive temperature curve of Earth’s past climates. (Lucia RM Martino, Smithsonian)
Ginkgo biloba leaves could be the key to reconstructing past changes in carbon dioxide and climate (Rich Barclay, Smithsonian).