Ellen Currano is an Associate Professor of Paleobotany at the University of Wyoming. She uses fossil plants to investigate the response of ancient forest ecosystems to environmental perturbations. Her research is field-based, specimen-based, and includes collaborations with vertebrate paleontologists, paleoentomologists, botanists, geochemists, geochronologists, and stratigraphers. Ellen received her PhD from Penn State and BS from the University of Chicago, and she has served as a member of the Joint Technical Program Committee (2009-2010). Ellen is a passionate advocate for women in paleontology and co-founded “The Bearded Lady Project: Challenging the Face of Science,” a documentary film and photography project that investigates our stereotypes of what a field scientist looks like.
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