Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Kathy Hollis

Kathy Hollis's last day with the Smithsonian was on February 29, 2024. She has moved on to accept the position of Director of Collections at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. 

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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.

Department / Division
  • B.A. Geology, College of Wooster, 2003
  • M.S. Geology, Ohio State University, 2005 
  • M.S. Museum Studies, University of Colorado-Boulder, 2008
  • Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections
  • Geological Society of America
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