Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History director Kirk Johnson examines what was once a Late Cretaceous landscape, in North Dakota’s Hell Creek Formation in July 2013.

Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History director Kirk Johnson examines what was once a Late Cretaceous landscape, in North Dakota’s Hell Creek Formation in July 2013.

Natural history offers a window into the planet’s past, and a hint about what’s yet to come as the climate changes. Kirk Johnson is a paleobotanist and director of the National Museum of Natural History. His own research explores an age when forests, not ice, capped the Earth’s poles. He joins us to share what natural history can teach us about the future and what’s going on at one of the world’s most-visited museums.

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  • Kirk Johnson Sant Director, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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