About

Michael Boulter is one of those rare all-rounders: a scientist and a writer of popular science, one whose romance and reasoning aims to link art and science. He is especially interested in evolution and the history of understanding it.

He studied biology and geology at University College London and went on to become Professor in Palaeobiology at the University of East London. In 1995 he was awarded a Royal Society Leverhulme Fellowship. By then his research focussed on fossils of plants living from 5 million to 50 million years ago, especially around the British Isles. He was asking why so many species became extinct and how they reflected changes in climate.

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For twenty years Michael was Secretary of the International Organisation of Palaeobotany and was British member of the International Union of Biological Sciences.

In 1990 he helped begin the British Government’s Know-How fund for countries of central Europe recovering from Soviet control. Through this he directed a EEC initiative to train scientists and a NATO Advanced Study Workshop to review climate change in the Arctic.

He is well-known as author of Extinction: evolution and the end of man (2002) and Darwin’s Garden (2010). A third popular science story, abriefhistoryoflife.com is available from this web-site as a blog with 45 posts. His other blog is also here at scienceandartblog.com and receives more than 500 visitors a month.

Michael Boulter is author of more than seventy scientific research articles in refereed journals. They describe lost landscapes and floras of Europe and reveal some of the ancient forces of environmental change.

 

Praise for Extinction:
‘Boulter has an intriguing tale to tell …. It is indeed a story worth telling, and a book worth reading.’ John Gribbin, Independent
‘Engagingly argued’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Full of interesting discussions of geology, self-organisation and the doom of the dinosaurs.’ Guardian
Praise for Darwin’s Garden:
‘An enjoyable read that introduces some thought-provoking ideas about the roles of place, time and perception in the scientific process.’ Nature
‘This is an absorbing book.’ Sunday Times
‘Strong connections between this quiet spot and today’s biological sciences.’ New Scientist

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