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Department of Paleobiology

  • Kathy Hollis
  • Collections Manager
  • Phone:   202-633-1357
  • Fax:   202-786-2832
  • E-mail Address:   hollisk at SI dot edu
  • Mailing Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    PO Box 37012, MRC 121
    Washington, DC 20013-7012
  • Shipping Address:
    Smithsonian Institution
    National Museum of Natural History
    10th & Constitution NW
    Washington, DC 20560-0121


B.A. Geology, College of Wooster, 2003
M.S. Geology, Ohio State University, 2005
M.S. Museum Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2008

Research Interests and Responsibilities

Kathy leads the collections management team that cares for the National Fossil Collection, one of the largest fossil collections in the world. Her work involves balancing accessibility and accountability for these fossils, which are held in public trust. She is passionate about getting the scientific data about what fossil organisms lived when and where out of collection drawers and making those data digitally accessible and searchable online. Kathy brakes for fossil echinoderms.