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Sam Slater



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E-mail: sam.slater@nrm.se

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MSci University of Birmingham, UK and Uppsala University, Sweden, 2011

Ph.D. University of Sheffield, UK, 2016

Research Interests

I am interested in how terrestrial ecosystems have changed through time. My research is primarily focused on ancient vegetation dynamics during the Jurassic Period, an episode in Earth’s history that was characterized by a much warmer climate than today.

By using the extensive fossil record of spores and pollen, I aim to apply statistical analyses to track changes in the flora and landscape in high-resolution. To date, this work has centred on Jurassic sequences from the UK and the North Sea. Future research projects will investigate vegetation change across climatic events in Earth’s history to further understand the consequences of such events on terrestrial ecosystems.


  • 2016 – The Micropalaeontological Society Charles Downie Award.
  • 2011 – Micropalaeontological Society Prize Student Award.
  • 2011 – University of Birmingham MSci Project Prize.
  • 2007 and 2008 – Price Waterhouse Coopers Merit Prize.