Dr Martha Hall

Dr Martha Hall

Marine Institute Project Manager

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



I deliver project management on behalf of academic staff involved in the Marine Institute, while still providing ongoing project management of the FISH INTEL project, an international partnership aimed at influencing fisheries management across the English Channel, supported by the ERDF via the EU Interreg FCE programme.

I previously worked as a Project Assistant with the University of Exeter, before becoming a technician at South West Water (GIS & water quality testing). I returned to the University in 2018, working as Technician, and later as Senior Technician, in the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences until 2022. As part of this role, I participated in the ERDF-funded ReCon Soil project, run by the Sustainable Earth Institute, and provided technical support to many other projects prior to that. I also provided key support to the C-SIDE project, a NERC-funded national partnership investigating carbon storage in saltmarsh habitats, as research technician in the radionuclide facility CoRIF between 2019 and 2023. I became qualified in Project Management (PRINCE2 Practitioner) in 2021.


2008 - 2013  PhD in Geological Sciences (marine vertebrate palaeontology; Chondrichthyes), University of Plymouth (UK)
2006 - 2008  MSc in Biogeology (Earth Sciences), Utrecht University (NL)
2003 - 2006  BSc in Biology, Utrecht University (NL)



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).




TAYLOR, A., KALNINS, A., KOOT, M.B., JACKSON, R., TOLOZA, A., SAID AHMED, H., GODDARD, R., BLAKE, W.H. (2023), Portable gamma spectrometry for rapid assessment of soil texture, organic carbon and total nitrogen spatial patterns in agricultural soils. Journal of Soils and Sediments. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s11368-023-03488-w

ROWNEY, F., FYFE, R., BAKER, L., FRENCH, H., KOOT, M.B., OMBASHI, H., TIMMS, R. (2023), Historical anthropogenic disturbances explain long-term moorland vegetation dynamics. Ecology and Evolution, 13(3): 17pp. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1002/ece3.9876

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 (in Acknowledgements)

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



Conferences organised

FISH INTEL project closing conference for partners and stakeholders, University of Plymouth (Mar 2023)
55th Annual Meeting Palaeontological Association, Plymouth (UK, Dec 2011)
Postgraduate Society short conference series (6x), University of Plymouth (2009–2011)