Dr Martha Richter

Martha Richter
  • Collections Manager
  • Earth Sciences department
  • Vertebrates and Anthropology Palaeobiology
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment history

2008 - present  Vertebrates, Anthropology and Micropalaeontology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum, London (UK)

2006-2008 Vertebrates and Anthropology Collections Manager, Natural History Museum, London (UK)

2005-2007 Guest lecturer on Metazoan Micropalaeontology (micro-vertebrate remains) at the UCL/NHM (London) Micropalaeontology MSc - Modules/Short Courses on Microfossil Groups 

2004-06 Fossil Fish Curator, Natural History Museum, London (UK)

2001-04 Lecturer for Postgraduate Studies in Geology, and Visiting Researcher, Grade I (F) at the Department of Geology, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), Brazil

1991-01 Postgraduate Supervisor for the Postgraduate Course in Earth Sciences (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

2000-01 Visiting Researcher, Departament of Palaeontology and Stratigraphy, Institute of Earth Sciences (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, Brazil

1985-00 Head of the Laboratory of Palaeontology, Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio Grande do Sul (PUCRS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil (http//www.mct.pucrs.br)

1991-93 Adjunct Professor, Departmento of Zoology UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

1986 Assistant Reader, Department of Zoology UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Brazil

1982 Visiting Reader, Department of Geosciences, Universidade Federal do Amazonas (UFA), Manaus, Brazil

Qualifications

1998-99     Postdoctoral studies in Permian Fish Palaeontology. Geologisches Institut,
                     Eberhard-Karls Universität Tübingen (Germany) (CNPq/Brazil Fellowship).

1991          Ph.D in Palaeontology/Biology. King's College London, University of London.
                    Thesis: ‘A new marine ichthyofauna from the Permian of the Paraná Basin of
                    Southern Brazil’ (CNPq/ Brazil Fellowship)

1981          Master in Earth Sciences (Mestrado em Geociências).  Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do
                    Sul  (UFRGS),  Brazil.

1977           BSc. in Biological Sciences (Licenciatura Plena em Ciências Biológicas).
                   Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS), Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil.

Publications

RICHTER, M. 1983. Ultra-estrutura de dentes de Paleoniscídeos (Pisces) do Grupo Passa Dois. Iheringia, Sér. Geol., Porto Alegre, (8):131-145.
RICHTER, M. 1984. Dental histology of a Characoid fish from the Plio-Pleistocene of Acre, Brazil. Zoologica Scripta, Oslo, 13 (1):69-79.
LIMA, M.C.S.L.; RICHTER, M. & LAVINA, E.L. 1984. Paleoictiologia da Formação Santa Maria (Grupo Rosário do Sul), Triássico, RS, Brasil. In: CONGRESSO BRASILEIRO DE GEOLOGIA, 33º, Rio de Janeiro, Sociedade Brasileira de Geologia, 1984, Anais, 1:563-577.
RICHTER, M. 1985a. Paleoictiologia do Rio Grande do Sul: Características da tafofauna e afloramentos fossilíferos. Iheringia , Sér. Geol., Porto Alegre, (10):29-45.
RICHTER, M. 1985b. Situação da pesquisa paleoictiológica no Paleozóico brasileiro. MME/DNPM, Sér. Geol. (27), Paleontol./Estrat. (2), Coletânea de Trabalhos Paleontológicos, Brasília, p. 105-110.
RICHTER, M. 1985c. Estudos paleoictiológicos na Península Antártica. Boletim do Instituto Brasileiro de Estudos Antárticos, Rio de Janeiro, (6):12-16.
RICHTER, M.: PICCOLI, A.E.M. & LIMA, M.C.S.L. 1985d. Variação morfológica de restos de Paleoniscídeos (Pisces) no Permiano da Bacia do Paraná. MME/DNPM, Sér. Geol. (27), Paleont./Estrat. (2), Coletânea de Trabalhos Paleontológicos:111-122.
RICHTER, M. 1987. Osteichthyes and Elasmobranchii (Pisces) da Bacia de Pelotas, Quaternário do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil. Paula-Coutiana, Porto Alegre, (1):17-37.
RICHTER, M. 1987. Acregoliathidae (Osteichthyes, Teleostei) a new family of fishes from the Cenozoic of Acre State, Brazil. Zoologica Scripta , Oslo, 18:311-319.
RICHTER, M. & THOMSON, M.R.A. 1989. The first Aspidorhynchidae (Pisces:Teleostei) from Antarctica. Antarctic Science, Cambridge, l (1):57-64.
RICHTER, M. & WARD, D. 1990. Fish remains from the Santa Marta Formation (Late Cretaceous) of James Ross Island, Antarctica. Antarctic Science, Cambridge, 2 (1):67-76.
POPLIN, C.; WANG, Y.; RICHTER, M. & SMITH, M.M. 1991. An enigmatic actinopterygian (Pisces:Osteichthyes) from the Upper Permian of China. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London, 103:1-20.
VARTY, N., BENCKE, G.A., BERNARDINI, L de M., Da CUNHA, A.S., FONTANA, C.S., GUADAGNIN, D.L., KINDEL, A., KINDEL,E., RAYMUNDO, M.M., RICHTER, M., ROSA, O.A. and TOSTES, C.S. (1994). Conservação do papagaio-charão Amazona pretrei no sul do Brasil: Um Plano de Ação Preliminar. Divulgações do Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia/UBEA/PUCRS. (1): 71 pp.
RICHTER, M. & SMITH, M.M. 1995. A microstructural study of the ganoin tissue of selected lower vertebrates. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, London, 114:173-212.
RICHTER, M. 1995. The use of Actinopterygian scales as a tool in the Palaeozoic stratigraphy. II LatinAmerican Conodont Congress. Córdoba, 1992. Abstracts: 6. Boletin de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Cordoba, 60(3/4):545-553.
LAVINA, E.L.; RICHTER,M. & MALABARBA, M.C.S.L. 1995 Relatório do 1º Workshop de Integração da Geologia e Paleontologia de Vertebrados no RS. Comunicações do Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS, sér. Ciências da Terra, (1):3-11.
TURNER, S. BLIECK, A.; GAGNIER; JANVIER, P. & RICHTER, M. 1995. Bibliography on Palaeozoic Fishes. II Latinamerican Conodont Congress, Córdoba, 1992. Boletin de la Academia Nacional de Ciencias, Cordoba, 60(3/4):555-558.
DUFFIN, C.; RICHTER., M. ; NEIS, P. 1996. Shark remains from the Late Carboniferous of the Amazon Basin, Brazil. Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie Mh., Stuttgart, H.4:232-256.
RICHTER, M. & BREITKREUZ, C. 1997. Permian fish remains from the Peine Formation of northern Chile. Modern Geology, 21 (1/2):171-184.
RICHTER, M. & LANGER, M.C. 1998. Fish remains from the Upper Permian Rio do Rasto Formation (Paraná Basin) of southern Brazil. (presented at the 10th. Gondwana Congress, CapeTown, 1998). Published in the Journal African Earth Sciences :158-9.
VIANA, M.S.S. & RICHTER, M. 1998. Preservation of biomineralized tissues of fishes from the Santana Formation (Lower Cretaceous of the Araripe basin, NE-Brazil). Acta Geologica Leopoldensia, 21(46/47):91-100.
SCASSO, R.A.; RICHTER, M. & DIAS, E.V. 1999. Fish bearing outcrops from the Upper Jurassic of the Antarctic Peninsula and its paleoenvironment. Actas de la 4ª Jornadas sobre Investigaciones Antarticas, Dirección Nacional del Antártico, Buenos Aires, 2, p. 318-320.
RICHTER, M.; NEIS, P.A. & SMITH, M.M. 1999. Acanthodian and Actinopterygian fish remains from the Itaituba Formation, Late Carboniferous of the Amazon Basin, Brazil, with a note on acanthodian ganoin. Neues Jahrbuch für Palaontologie und Geologie, Mh.Stuttgart, 1999 (12):728-744.
LANGER, M.C.; ABDALA, N.F.; RICHTER, M. & BENTON, M. 1999. A sauropodomorph dinosaur from the Upper Triassic (Carnian) of South-Brazil. Comptes Rendus de l’Academie de Sciences, Paris, Earth & Planetary Sciences, 329, 511-517.
REIF, W-E. & RICHTER, M. 2001. Revisiting the Lepidomorial Theory of Dermo-skeleton morphogenesis. Neues Jahrbuch für Palaontologie und Geologie, Abh., Stuttgart, 219(3):285-304.
VEGA-DIAS, C.; DIAS, E. V. & RICHTER, M. 2001. Actinopterygian remains from the Rio do Rasto Formation, Paraná basin of Brazil. Acta Geologica Leopoldensia, São Leopoldo, 23(51):23(51)21-31.
DIAS, E.V. & RICHTER, M. 2002. Paleohistology of the dermal scales of Australerpeton cosgriffi (Amphibia) from the Permian of the Paraná Basin, southern Brazil Anais da Acad. brasil. Ciências, 74(3)477-490.
RICHTER, M. 2002. A ray-finned fish (Osteichthyes) from the Late Permian of the State of Santa Catarina (Paraná Basin), southern Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, (2):56-61.
MILLER, C.G., RICHTER, M. & DO CARMO, D.A. 2002. Fish and ostracod remains from the Santos Basin (Cretaceous to Recent), Brazil. Geological Journal, 37, 297-316.
RICHTER, M. 2005. A new xenacanthid shark (Chondrichthyes) from the Teresina Formation, Permian of the Paraná Basin, southern Brazil. Revista Brasileira de Palaeontologia, 8(2):140-158.
Mutter, R. J. & RICHTER, M. 2007. Acanthodians from the Middle-Late Permian of Brazil. Geological Journal, 42 (2), 213-224.
RICHTER, M. 2007. First record of Eugeneodontiformes (Chondrichthyes:Elasmobranchii) from the Paraná Basin, Late Permian of Brazil. In: I.S.Carvalho et al. (eds) 2007. Paleontologia: Cenários de Vida . Ed. Interciência, Rio de Janeiro, vol. 1:149-156.
Mutter, R.; RICHTER, M. & Toledo, C.E. 2007. In pursuit of causes for the greatest mass extinction: the Permo-Triassic Boundary in the southern Hemisphere – part 1. Vierteljahrsschrift der Naturforschenden Gesselschaft, Zürich, 152(3): 1-8.
RICHTER, M. & Toledo, C.E.V. 2008. The first Triassic Dipnoi from South America. In: Cavin, L., Longbottom & RICHTER, M. (eds) 2008. Fishes and the break-up of Pangaea Geological Society Special Publication, London, 295, : 43-54.

Books/Book chapters & edited volumes

RICHTER, M. (org.) 1998. Conservação da Biodiversidade e o Desenvolvimento Sustentável de São Francisco de Paula - Um Plano de Ação Preliminar. EPECÊ, Porto Alegre, 108 pp.
RICHTER, M; VIANA, M.S. S. & MALABARBA, M.C.S.L. 2000. Agnatos e Peixes. In: I. Carvalho (ed). PALEONTOLOGIA. Editora Interciências, Rio de Janeiro, pp. 497-524.
RICHTER, M. Peixes Fosseis do Rio Grande do Sul In: Holz, M. (ed.) 2001. FÓSSEIS DO ESTADO DO RIO GRANDE DO SUL. Centro de Investigação do Gondwana, Editora da UFRGS, Porto Alegre, p.162-175.
RICHTER, M; VIANA, M.S. S. & MALABARBA, M.C.S.L. 2004. Agnatos e Peixes. In: I. S. Carvalho (ed). PALEONTOLOGIA. 2nd. Edition, Editora Interciências, Rio de Janeiro, Volume 1, pp. 733-761. (in Portuguese)
RICHTER, M. 2004. (ed) 10th International Symposium of Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates. Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia and UFRGS, Porto Alegre, Programme and Abstracts Volume, 48 pp. (http://www.ufrgs.br/sbp) and on CD.
RICHTER, M. 2005. (vol. ed.) Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia 8(2), 2005. (Proceedings of the 10th. International Symposium on Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates, Gramado, 2004. 172 pp.
Cavin, L., Longbottom & RICHTER, M. (eds) 2008. Fishes and the break-up of Pangaea Geological Society Special Publication, London, 295, 372 pp. (http://sp.lyellcollection.org/content/vol295/issue1/)
RICHTER, M. 2009. O passado e futuro da Vida na Terra – O papel do Homem (Past and Future of Life on Earth; the role of Mankind). In: E.A. Jeckel-Neto et al. (orgs) A (R)Evolução de Darwin. EDIPUCS, Porto Alegre, pp. 36-55

Abstracts of oral presentations published in the anals of scientific congresses

RICHTER, M. 199l. A new marine ichthyofauna from the Permian of Brazil. In: XII Intern. Congress on Carboniferous and Permian Geology and Stratigraphy. Buenos Ayres (1991) Abstracts. :73-74.
RICHTER, M. 1991. New Permian fishes from the Parana Basin of Southern Brazil. In: 7th. Intern. Symp. - Studies of Early Vertebrates. Québec (1991):38.
BELTAN, L. & RICHTER, M. 1991. Ichthyofaunas from South America and South Africa and their bearing on the palaeongeography of the Permian. In: 8th. Intern. Symp. on Gondwana Geology, Geophysics and Mineral Resources. Hobbart (1991),:2.
RICHTER, M. & SMITH, M. 1995. Ganoine and fish systematics. In: Congrés Premiers Vertébrés, Vertébrés Inferieurs. Abstracts: 25. Laboratoire de Paléontologie, Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle, Paris.
RICHTER, M.; SMITH, M.M. & NEIS, P. 1995. Acanthodii and actinopterygii of the Itaituba Formation, Late Carboniferous of the Amazon Basin, Brazil. In: XIII International Congress on Carboniferous-Permian. Abstracts:121. Polish Geological Institut, Krakow.
VIANA; M.S.V. & RICHTER, M. 1996. Chemical contents of hard tissues of Cretaceous fishes: preliminary taphonomic results. An. Acad. brasil. Cienc., Resumo das Comunicações, Rio de Janeiro, 68(2):294
VIANA, M.S.S. & RICHTER, M. 1997. Original biomineralization observed in the fishes of the Santana Formation (Lower Cretaceous of the Araripe Basin, NE-Brazil). In: 15ºCongresso Brasileiro de Paleontologia, São Pedro, Abstracts:78.
KLEIN, C. ; SIMÕES, M.G.; LEIPNITZ, I.I. & RICHTER, M. 1997. Interpretação dos dados tafonômicos na deposição de peixes e pelecípodes da Formação Teresina (Grupo Passa Dois), na região de Tiarajú, RS, Brasil. In: 15ºCongresso Brasileiro de Paleontologia, São Pedro, Abstracts:166.
RICHTER, M. 1998. Dental histology and its bearing on the systematics of the Xenacanthiformes (Pisces:Chondrichthyes). Ichthyolith Issues, Special Publication 4 (Circum-Arctic Palaeozoic Faunas and Facies), Warshaw, 1998: 43-44.
LANGER, M.C.; ABDALA, N.F. & RICHTER, M.. 1999. New record of Dinosauria from the Santa Maria Formation (Upper Carnian of the Paraná Basin-Brazil). XIV Jornadas Argentinas de Paleontologia de Vertebrados, Neuquen, Resumenes. Ameghiniana, 1999, 36(1):103.
VIANA, M.S.S. & RICHTER, M. 1999. Coprolites of the Santana Formation (Lower Cretaceous, NE-Brazil): Who produced them? XIV Jornadas Argentinas de Paleontologia de Vertebrados, Neuquen, Resumenes. Ameghiniana, 1999, 36(1):107-8.
VENNEMANN, T. & RICHTER, M. 2000. Isotope analysis of fishes from the Teresina Formation, Upper Permian of Brazil: evidence for freshwater influence. In: 31st International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 2000. Abstracts (on CD).
RICHTER, M. 2000. The fish fauna of the Teresina Formation (Upper Permian, Brazil) and its palaeoenvironmental significance. In: 31st International Geological Congress, Rio de Janeiro, 2000. Abstracts.
RICHTER, M.; TERRA, G. J.S.; NASCIMENTO, A.J. & ANDREIS, R.R. 2001. Fishes from the Permocarboniferous of the Parnaíba Basin in the State of Tocantins, North Brazil, and their palaeoenvironment. Revista Brasileira de Paleontologia, (2):142.
RICHTER, M. 2001. First lungfish (Sarcopterygian:Dipnoi) from the Santa Maria Formation, Triassic of Rio Grande do Sul State, Brazil. In: XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Paleontologia, Rio Branco, Boletim de Resumos: 121.
RICHTER, M. 2001. First ichthyolith remains (Osteichthyes: Chondrichthyes) of Cretaceous yo Recent deposits of the Santos sedimentary basin, offshore Brazil. In: XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Paleontologia, Rio Branco, Boletim de Resumos: 122.
RICHTER, M. 2001. First Ichthyolith remains (Osteichthyes; Chondrichthyes) of Cretaceous to Recent depoisits of the Santos sedimentary basin, offshore Brazil. In: XVII Congresso Brasileiro de Paleontologia, Rio Branco, Boletim de Resumos: 122.
RICHTER, M. 2001. Os peixes fósseis de Mafra. Revista Brasileira de Palaeontologia, (2):85-86.
RICHTER, M; Malabarba, M.C.; Abdala, N.F.. 2001. Paleontologia de Vertebrados no Museu de Ciências e Tecnologia da PUCRS. Revista Brasileira de Palaeontologia, (2):86.
RICHTER, M. 2002. Chondrichthyans from the Teresina Formation (Permian) in Southern Brazil. In: Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 62th. Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of papers, Norman, 2002, vol. 22 (Suppl. to 3):72A.
TOLEDO, C.E.V., RICHTER, M., & BERTINI, R.J. 2002. Análise histológica de placas dentárias de dipnóicos procedentes da Formação Corumbataí, Permiano Superior da bacia do paranea. In: V Congreso Latinoamericano de Paleontologia, Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Resumenes, :26-27.
RICHTER, M. 2002. On the fish faunas of the Passa Dois Group, Late Permian of Brazil. Paleontologia em Destaque, Sociedade Brasileira de Paleontologia, Paleo 2002, Resumos, p.48.
Johnson, G.D.; RICHTER, M.; Ragogna, E.W. 2002. Global distribution of Permo-Triassic genera of Xenacanthiform chondrichthyans. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, :72A
LIMA, R.S., RICHTER, M., BUCKUP, P. & SOUZA-LIMA, W. 2002. Os fósseis da bacia de Sergipe-Alagoas. Phoenix, Aracaju, (41):1-4.
RICHTER, M. 2004. Distribution of Permian Fishes of Brazil and their Palaeoenvironment. The Palaeontological Association 48th Annual Meeting. University of Lille. Abstracts with Programme. Palaeontological Association Newsletter, 57, 178-179.
MORAES-SANTOS, H.M.; COSTA, S.A.F. DA, TOLEDO, P.M. & RICHTER, M. 2005. New occurrence of the ray Rhinobatus sp. (Batomorphii-Rhinobatidae) in the Pirabas Formation (Oligocene/Miocene). In 19th. Brazilian Congress of Palaeontology, Aracajú, Abstracts volume, p. 208 (abstract as electronic publication at http://www.ufrgs.br/sbp)
TOLEDO, P.M. DE; COSTA, S.A.F. DA; MORAES-SANTOS; RICHTER, M. 2005. The genus Carcharhinus Blainville in the Neogene of Eastern Amazon, Parabas Formation (Pará, Brazil). In 19th. Brazilian Congress of Palaeontology, Aracajú, Abstracts volume, p. 222 (electronic publication at http://www.ufrgs.br/sbp)
MUTTER, R. & RICHTER, M. 2005. The South American Permo-Triassic fish fauna turnover – A synopsis. 12th Gondwana Congress, Mendoza, Argentina, Abstracts, p. 267.
RICHTER, M .& Toledo, C.E.V. 2006. First Triassic lungfish from South America. 54th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Paris, Abstracts : 27.
Mutter, R. & RICHTER, M. 2007. A new actinopterygian from the Permian Paraná Basin (Mato Grosso, Brazil). In: H. Bloom & M.D. Brazeau (eds). Ichthyolith Issues Special Publication 10 , 40th Anniversary Symposium on Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates, Uppsala, 2007, p. 71-72.
Toledo, C.E.V., RICHTER, M. & Bertini, R.J. 2007. A new ‘Palaeonisciformes’ from the Corumbataí Formation, Middle Permian of the Paraná Basin, São Paulo State, southeastern Brazil. In: H. Bloom & M.D. Brazeau (eds). Ichthyolith Issues Special Publication 10 (IGCP 328) , 40th Anniversary Symposium on Early Vertebrates/Lower Vertebrates, Uppsala, 2007, p. 86.
RICHTER, M. 2008. Comparative study of Permian shark (Chondrichthyes) faunas of North and South America. Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy, Nacional Museum of Ireland, Dublín, Programme & Abstracts (G.Dyke et al. Eds). P. 47. http://www.svpca.org/years/2008_dublin/index.php

Publication in Newsletters and magazines & book reviews

RICHTER, M. 1999. Os gaúchos e a cooperação internacional. PUCRS Informação, (93):10.
RICHTER, M. 2004. Thinking higher and lower about Brazilian fossil fishes. Set in Stone, (NHM Palaeontology Departmental Newsletter), 2(3), 14-15.
RICHTER, M. 2005. Ke Emu: A brief summary of a deep-impact project. Set in Stone (NHM Palaeontology Departmental Newsletter), 2(4), :17.
RICHTER, M. 2005. Brazil. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology New Bulletin (News from Members). (188):44-45.
RICHTER, M. 2005. Mesozoic Fishes 3. The Palaeontological Association Newsletter 59:126-130 (book review).
Mutter, R., RICHTER, M.; Toledo, C.E.V. & Bertini, R. 2006. Fishing in the Rocks. NatureFirst, NHM, (Winter issue): 21-22.