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Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University

Martin studies modern and fossil (especially late Cenozoic) marine dinoflagellate cysts for their intrinsic value in understanding the development of modern plankton, and for their utility in solving stratigraphic and palaeoecological problems. He maintains an association with the Quaternary Palaeoenvironments Group at the University of Cambridge.

Specific research interests and activities include:

Palynology and the deep-sea record, particularly ODP Leg 105 (Baffin Bay and the Labrador Sea) and ODP Leg 144 (western Pacific) where he served as shipboard palynologist, and the North Atlantic DSDP Sites 603 and 610.

Eemian (last interglacial) dinoflagellates of the Baltic Sea, as part of the EC-Funded BALTEEM project.

Late Cenozoic dinoflagellates of the Black Sea, Mediterranean and Paratethys

High-latitude Cenozoic palynology (e.g. East Canadian Arctic, Spitsbergen, Alaska, Sakhalin Island: spores, pollen, dinoflagellates)

Plio-Pleistocene palynology (spores, pollen, dinoflagellates) of the southern North Sea basin

Dinoflagellate cyst record of the Early–Middle Pleistocene transition in the Mediterranean

Neogene dinoflagellates worldwide

Morphology, taxonomy and nomenclature of living and late Cenozoic dinoflagellates


  • –present
    Professor of Earth Sciences, Brock University