About Nicholas Minter
I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of the Environment, Geography and Geosciences at the University of Portsmouth. I graduated from the University of Bristol with a BSc in Geology and Biology in 2003 before going on to complete a PhD in palaeontology and sedimentology from the same institution. I held postdoctoral research positions at the University of Bristol and University of Saskatchewan before joining the University of Portsmouth in 2013.
I specialize in studying co-evolution between life and the planet. I work at the interface among palaeontology, behavioural ecology and sedimentology; focussing on organism-sediment interactions, both when they were alive (trace fossils) and dead (taphonomy). I use these data to tell us about the make-up of ecosystems through time, and to understand potential biases in what we are presented with in the fossil record in order to understand and the responses of the biosphere to major events in the history of the Earth. These include evolutionary radiations, colonization events and mass extinctions. My research involves field, lab, collections, and database studies; studying organism-sediment interactions ranging from half a billion years old through to conducting actualistic experiments and observations with modern animals, and across deep marine to desert environments.