Marcelo Mota

Marcelo Mota

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Doctoral Researcher

Contact details

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Marcelo is developing his doctoral research in a collection of cutting samples from five wells drilled by British Petroleum from Cretaceous-Paleogene of Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, Brazil. All samples are available in the palaeontological collection of the Natural History Museum (NHM) of London. The project is based on both, calcareous nannofossils and palynological studies. At the same time, he is conducting a palynological study on core samples from Paleogene of Mississippi, USA, in order to compare with the brazilian data.


  • 2015 – MSc in Earth Sciences – Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil
  • 2011 – BSc in Geology – Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil


Marcelo completed his undergraduate studies in Brazil, during which collaborated with the preparation of a catalogue of the Scientific Collection of Macrofossils of the Federal University of Pernambuco and the geological mapping of Pacatuba, a city located in the state of Sergipe, Brazil.

During his Masters, he studied samples from the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin, preparing slides in order to analyze the content of calcareous nannofossil, investigate the biostratigraphic framework and make palaeobathymetric inferences.

Doctoral research

PhD title
The Cretaceous-Paleogene Biostratigraphy and Palaeoceanography of the Eastern Brazilian Margin and the Gulf Coast Plain, USA
Dr Tom Dunkley Jones


Research interests

  • Calcareous Nannofossils from Cretaceous and Paleogene
  • Palynomorphs from the Eocene-Oligocene Transition
  • Global changes in Palaeoclimatology through Cretaceous-Paleogene