Current officers


Niall Paterson, Research GeologistCASP, Cambridge, UK (Board member 2021-2023)

  • Ph.D. 2009, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
  • Paleozoic and Mesozoic palynology, stratigraphy and the energy transition
  • Main work: palynostratigraphy, paleoclimatology and paleoecology of the Permian and Triassic in the circum-Arctic and Western Europe


Katrin Ruckwied, Petrostrat, Houston, USA (2021-2022)


Stephen Stukins, Senior Curator of Micropalaeontology, Natural History Museum, London, UK (Board Member 2021-2022)

  • Ph.D. 2011, University of Aberdeen, UK
  • Mesozoic palynology; event stratigraphy; palaeoecology



Vladimir Torres Torres, Bio|Stratigrapher, ExxonMobil Upstream, Houston, USA (Board Member 2021–2022)

  • Ph.D. 2006, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Cretaceous and Cenozoic palynology & paleoecology; emphasis on tropical vegetation & Cretaceous dinos; sequence stratigraphy, processing techniques
  • Main work: improving stratigraphic frameworks and interpreting depositional environments of clastic rocks in South America

Vera Korasidis, Research Fellow & Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Australia | Research Associate, Smithsonian Institution (Board Member 2020–2022)

  • Ph.D. 2019, University of Melbourne, Australia
  • Cenozoic terrestrial palynology; vegetation dynamics in the context of palaeoclimatic and palaeoecological stress; taxonomy; geochemistry
  • Main work: paleoecology & geochemistry of Paleocene–Eocene pollen, including PETM, in North America and Australia

Julia Gravendyck, Post-Doc, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany (Board Member 2021–2023)

  • Ph.D. 2021, Freie Universität Berlin & Botanical Garden Berlin, Germany
  • Mesozoic paleobotany/palynology; taxonomy/nomenclature, vegetation dynamics & environmental stress; early angiosperm evolution
  • Main work: palynostratigraphy & paleoecology of the Triassic–Cretaceous in Europe
Student Director-at-Large

Damián Cárdenas Loboguerrero, Independant consultant and palynoogist, Columbia (Board Member 2020–2022)

  • PhD 2021, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA
  • Mesozoic and Cenozoic palynological record in the tropical Americas. Application of geometric morphometrics in palynology
  • Main work: Cretaceous and Neogene dinoflagellate cysts, pollen grains and spores from the tropical Americas

Managing Editor of Palynology

James Riding, Emeritus, British Geological Survey, Nottingham UK

  • Ph.D. 1986, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Mesozoic & Cenozoic palynology with emphasis on the Jurassic, Cretaceous & Miocene; dinoflagellates and their cysts; forensic palynology; history of palynology; plankton evolution; preparation techniques; provincialism
  • Main work: palynology of the Jurassic & Cretaceous of the world

Ex-officio members
Webmaster & Website Content

Fabienne Marret, University of Liverpool, UK
Julia Gravendyck, Leibniz University Hannover, Germany

Newsletter Editor

Jan Hennissen, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK

GSA Liaison

Francisca Oboh-Ikuenobe, Missouri University of Science and Technology, USA

IFPS Councillor

Fabienne Marret, University of Liverpool, UK

Standing committees (2021-2022)
Awards Committee

Marie Thomas (Chair), Hess Corporation, Houston, USA
Annette E. Götz, Landesamt für Bergbau, Energie und Geologie, Hannover, Germany
Jan Hennissen, British Geological Survey, Keyworth, UK

Nominating Committee Chair

Stephen Stukins, Natural History Museum, London, UK

Ballot Committee Chair

Vera Korasidis, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, USA (2020–2022)