Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Webinar: Using Fossil Plants and Pollen to Understand Earth's Climate History

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Palynologist Vera Korasidis aired May 1, 2020, as part of the Fossil Friday series. Watch a recording in the player above.


Palynologist Vera Korasidis talks about how we use fossil plants to understand Earth's climatic history. How do we know what ecosystems and climate were like millions of years in the past? Vera studies microscopic fossil pollen grains to learn about plants that were living alongside ancient animals, and how Earth's climate has changed in different places over time.

Teaching Resources

Resource Type
Videos and Webcasts
Grade Level
3-5, 6-8
Life Science, Paleontology