Dr. Kirk Johnson

Thu, Apr 19, 7:00 pm
101 Roberts Hall
Speaker Name: 
Dr. Kirk Johnson
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Dr. Kirk Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and a paleontologist. Dr. Johnson's research focuses on fossil plants and the extinction of the dinosaurs, and he has led expeditions in 11 countries and 19 states that resulted in the discovery of more than 1,400 fossil sites. 

Before coming to the Smithsonian, Dr. Johnson was vice president and chief curator at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. In 2013, he was appointed by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to the Interagency Arctic Research Policy Committee. He is also a member of National Geographic's Committee for Research and Exploration and an elected Fellow of the Paleontological Society.

Dr. Johnson has a bachelor's degree in geology and fine art from Amherst College, a master's degree in geology and paleobotany from the University of Pennsylvania, and a doctorate in geology and paleobotany from Yale University. He completed postdoctoral research at the University of South Australia and served as a Crosby lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 


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