Dr Martha Hall

Dr Martha Hall

FISH INTEL Project Manager

School of Biological and Marine Sciences (Faculty of Science and Engineering)



Delivering technical support to teaching and research activities in predominantly (Physical) Geography but also including Chemistry and Earth & Environmental Sciences, within the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences (SoGEES). This involves working in a laboratory environment and supporting the organisation of equipment for practical classes, fieldwork activities and associated stores. On occasion it further involves providing support in the field.


2008 – 2013
PhD in Geological Sciences (Palaeontology), University of Plymouth

Thesis entitled “Effects of the Late Permian mass extinction on chondrichthyan palaeobiodiversity and distribution patterns”.

2006 – 2008
MSc in Biogeology (Earth Sciences), Utrecht University

"Biogeology is the study of interactions between the Earth's biological, hydrological, and terrestrial systems."

2003 – 2006
BSc in Biology, Utrecht University

Professional background

After completing my PhD, I have gained experience in environmental consultancy with URS, worked in asset data management with the University of Exeter and South West Water (using GIS), and further worked as a water quality technician with South West Water. In relation to these roles, I have completed professional training on Phase 1 Habitat Surveying, Bat Surveying, and National Water Hygiene.



Research interests

"Biogeosciences is a field of science in which global, regional and local ecosystems are viewed in the context of a changing System Earth. The variation in spatial and temporal scales studied within the domain of Biogeosciences makes it a key discipline for a better understanding of our planet in the past, the present and the future. Understanding changes on various temporal scales will play a crucial role in our understanding of socially relevant issues in the years ahead. The challenge in Biogeosciences is to effectively combine expertise from biology and earth sciences in truly collaborative research." Darwin Center

Vertebrate palaeontology
Fossil dentitions, including tooth morphology and enameloid microstructure (using Scanning Electron Microscopy).




ROMANO, C., KOOT, M.B., KOGAN, I., BRAYARD, A., MINIKH, A.V., BRINKMANN, W., BUCHER, H. and KRIWET, J. (2016), Permian–Triassic Osteichthyes (bony fishes): diversity dynamics and body size evolution. Biological Reviews, 91(1): 106-147. DOI:10.1111/brv.12161

ENAULT, S., GUINOT, G., KOOT, M.B., CUNY, G. (2015), Chondrichthyan tooth enameloid: past, present, and future, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 174(3): 549–570. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/zoj.12244

KOOT, M.B., CUNY, G., ORCHARD, M.J., RICHOZ, S., HART, M.B. and TWITCHETT, R.J. (2015), New hybodontiform and neoselachian sharks from the Lower Triassic of Oman, Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 13(10): 891-917. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2014.963179

KOOT, M.B., CUNY, G., TINTORI, A. and TWITCHETT, R.J. (2013), A new diverse shark fauna from the Wordian (Middle Permian) Khuff Formation in the interior Haushi‐Huqf area, Sultanate of Oman. Palaeontology, 56(2): 303-343. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-4983.2012.01199.x

in Acknowledgements:
PAIJMANS, J.L.A. et al. (2017), Evolutionary History of Saber-Toothed Cats Based on Ancient Mitogenomics, Current Biology, 27(21): 3330-3336. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2017.09.033