Paleobiology Collections Manager

Paleobology collection manager Kathy Hollis standing next to a large Triceratops obtusus fossil. Storage shelves behind her.
Kathy Hollis with Triceratops obtusus, collected in 1890 by John Bell Hatcher. Photo by Adrienne Block.

Kathy Hollis is the collections manager in the Smithsonian’s Department of Paleobiology. As a kid she would give rocks as gifts, assuming everyone thought rocks were as cool as she did.  She majored in geology at the College of Wooster in Ohio and went on to finish a master’s in geology at the Ohio State University in 2005.

It was at Ohio State that Kathy realized her love for museum collections. She finished a master’s in Museum Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2008 specializing in collections care and museum-based research. Kathy has been at the Smithsonian since 2010 and helps to care for one of the largest fossil collections in the world. Her work involves getting the information about what organisms lived when and where out of the collection drawers and making it digital, accessible, and searchable online. Kathy brakes for fossil echinoderms.