Palaeoecology and palaeoenvironments of the Late Permian Zechstein Sea and it’s hinterlands.

Martha Gibson


Start Year: 2016, Cohort 3

Host University: The University of Sheffield

Department: Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Supervisors: Prof. Charles H. Wellman; Tristan Pottas, Sirius Minerals

Academic profile

Education: MBiolSci, 1st Class; University of Sheffield, 2011-2015.

Work experience:

NEXT Retail LTC. Cramlington, Team Coach, 2015-2016. Girlguiding UK, Qualified Leader, 2007-present.
TWAM, Great North Museum: Hancock, Spineless Exhibition Volunteer, Sept-Dec 2016.
University of Sheffield, Student Recruitment, Calling Campaign Team Member, Mar 2015
University of Sheffield, Animal and Plant Sciences, UCAS Open Day Representative, 2014-2015.
University of Sheffield, Mollusc Specialist/Fossil Collection Curator 2013-2014.
Total S.A., Paris, June 2011.
University of Newcastle, DOVE Marine Lab, Easter Internship, Apr 2010.

Skills and relevant qualifications: Palynological processing and analysis


ACCE PhD Research Topic

Palaeoecology and Palaeoenvironments of the Late Permian Zechstein Sea and its hinterlands.

This study will undertake the first modern palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental analysis of Zechstein deposits of the UK and adjacent North Sea basin. The Zechstein Sea underwent cycles of isolation and evaporation causing dramatic changes in terrestrial vegetation and marine phytoplankton, but the causes behind the cyclicity are unclear. This project will integrate palynological data with macropalaeontological, sedimentological and stratigraphical studies to investigate whether climate change was responsible for the cyclicity.