Dr Martin Hall PhD

Martin Hall
  • Researcher, Head of Division Entomology
  • Life Sciences department
  • Parasites and Vectors Division
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road
London
SW7 5BD

Biography

Employment history

2009 - present   Head of Research (Band 3) Department of Entomology, Natural History 
                              Museum, London.

                              Responsibilities:   (from March 2009) - responsible for managing                     
                              and developing the  Entomology Department’s  research programme 
                              (21 research staff). 

1989 - 2009        Researcher, Forensic Entomology,  Department of Entomology, Natural 
                              History Museum, London.

1988 - 1989        Kilburn and Strode, Patent Agents, 30 John Street, London WC1N 2DD

1987 - 1988        International Passenger Survey, OPCS, London. 

1982 - 1986       The University Of Bristol and Overseas Development Administration 
                             Tsetse Research Laboratory,  Langford House, Langford, Bristol, BS18 7DU.

1979 - 1982       Overseas Development Administration (ODA), London, UK.          

Qualifications

2003 - 2005       Certificate of Expert Witness Accreditation, Cardiff University and Bond Solon

01 - 04 1979      ODA/FAO Course on Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis (U.K., Burkina Faso and the 
                              Gambia)

1975 - 1978       PhD and Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) Imperial College of Science and 
                             Technology, University of London.  Thesis "A behavioural and 
                             electrophysiological study of feeding in the blowfly, Protophormia terraenovae".

1972 - 1975       BSc (Upper Second Class, Single Honours) in Zoology with Applied Zoology  
                             (Entomology specialism). University College of North Wales, Bangor  

1964 - 1972       3 A' levels (Biology, Nuffield Physical Science & Mathematics) and 9 '0' levels
                             Haywards Heath Grammar School   

Professional Roles

Awards

Awarded the 

  • Thomas Henry Huxley Award of the Zoological Society of London for PhD thesis, 1979.  

Medals awarded by the 

  • Food and Agriculture Organisation, Rome
    • for contribution to screw worm eradication programme in Libya (1992)  
  • University of Bari, Italy
    • for contributions to forensic entomology in Europe (2006)

External committees

  • Committee Member (Treasurer), International Biotherapy Society, May 1996 to May (1998)
  • Member of Library Committee, Royal Entomological Society, June 1990 to October (1998) 
  • Member of Organising Committee of 4th International Congress of Dipterology (1998)
  • Organiser of Myiasis Working Group, EC COST Action 833, (January 1998 to September 2003) 
  • Vice President of Royal Entomological Society (July 2001 to July 2003)
  • President of the European Association of Forensic Entomologists (May 2002 to April 2006)

 

Fellowships

  • Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society (1976 to present)
  • Honorary Secretary of Natural History Museum Scientific Officers' Association (January 1990 to July 1992) 
  • Convener of Special Insect Group on Medical Entomology, Royal Entomological Society (March 1992 to March 2003)  

Editorial boards

  • Associate Editor Forensic Science International (January 2008 to present)
  • Bulletin of Entomological Research (November 1992 to present) 
  • Medical and Veterinary Entomology (January 1999 to present)

Consultancy

Consultancy work

Forensic entomology for UK Police Forces, interpreting insect evidence in more than 120 criminal investigations. 

Acted as consultant on 

  • Tsetse fly
  • Trypanosomiasis 
  • Screw worm fly (myiasis) projects

for the

  • International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, Austria
  • Food And Agriculture Organization of the UN, Rome, Italy
  • International Office Of Epizootiology,  Paris, France
  • Arab Organisation for Agricultural Development, Khartoum, Sudan.

in

  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Paraguay
  • Mexico
  • Puerto Rico
  • the United States Virgin Islands
  • the British Virgin Islands
  • Morocco
  • Tanzania
  • Libya
  • Syria
  • Iran
  • Iraq
  • Oman 
  • Malaysia

and the ODA (now DFID) in the Sudan and Zimbabwe.  

Expert Witness 

On forensic entomology for a number of UK Police Forces, in over 100 criminal investigation cases. 

Invited Lecturer 

On veterinary or forensic entomology for 

  • Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • University of Glasgow
  • Scottish Police College
  • University of Bradford
  • University of Edinburgh
  • Royal Veterinary College and Institute of Zoology London
  • Bournemouth University
  • Anglia Ruskin University
  • South Bank University London
  • University of Derby
  • Cranfield University 
  • Westminster University
  • Canterbury Christ Church University College

Research

Research interests

Veterinary and forensic entomology 

  • blowflies
  • fleshflies 
  • agents of myiasis  

Current projects in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and South America.  

Responsible for establishment and operation of the FAO Collaborating Centre on Myiasis Causing Insects and their Identification.  

Research grants

Holder of research grants from 

  • The British Council (UK)
  • Department for International Development (UK)
  • Food and Agriculture Organisation (UN)
  • International Atomic Energy Agency (UN)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (UK)
  • Oktatási Minisztérium (Hungary), Royal Society (UK)
  • The Wellcome Trust (UK)
  • Public Sector Research Exploitation Fund 
  • Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills (UK)

Publications

Selected publications
2010
  • Hall, MJR, Richards, CS. and Whitaker, AP ( 2010 ) Forensic entomology advances. A detailed look at the current and future applications of entomology in crime scene investigation. Forensic Technology Review 1 : 140-150 . Forensic Technology Review
  • Sotiraki, S. Farkas, R and Hall, M.J.R. ( 2010 ) Fleshflies in the flesh: epidemiology, population genetics and control of outbreaks of traumatic myiasis in the Mediterranean Basin. Veterinary Parasitology 174 : 12-18 .
  • Whitehorn, J.S., Whitehorn, C., Thakrar, N.A., Hall, M.J.R., Godfrey-Faussett, P and Bailey, R. ( 2010 ) The dangers of an adventurous partner: Cordylobia anthropophaga infestation in London.   Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 104 : 374-375 .
2009
  • Evans-Jones, JG, McGarry, J and Hall, M. ( 2009 ) An entomological surprise.   International Journal of STD and AIDS 20 : 517-518 .
  • Farkas, R., Hall, MJR., Bouzagou, A.K, Lhor, Y and Khallaayoune, K. ( 2009 ) Traumatic myiasis in dogs caused by Wohlfahrtia magnifica and its importance in the epidemiology of wohlfahrtiosis of livestock. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23:Supplement 1 : 80-85 .
  • Hall, MJR. and Whitaker, A. ( 2009 ) Forensic entomology at the Natural History Museum.   Naturefirst 54 : 23-26 .
  • Hall, MJR., Adams, Z.J.O., Wyatt, NP, Testa, JM, Edge, W, Nikolausz, M, Farkas, R and Ready, PD. ( 2009 ) Morphological and mitochondrial DNA characters for identification and phylogenetic analysis of the myiasis causing fleshfly Wohlfahrtia magnifica and its relatives, with a description of Wohlfahrtia monegrosensis sp. n. Wyatt & Hall. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23 (Supplement 1) : 59-71 .
  • Hall, MJR., Testa, JM, Smith, L, Adams, ZJO, Khallaayoune, K, Sotiraki, S, Stefanakis, A, Farkas, R and Ready, PD. ( 2009 ) Molecular genetic analysis of populations of Wohlfahrt’s wound myiasis fly, Wohlfahrtia magnifica, in outbreak populations from Greece and Morocco. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23 (Supplement 1) : 72-79 .
  • Hall, MJR., Wardhana, AH., Shahhosseini, G, Adams, ZJO. and Ready, PD. ( 2009 ) Genetic diversity of populations of Old World screwworm fly, Chrysomya bezziana, causing traumatic myiasis of livestock in the Gulf region and implications for control by sterile insect technique. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23:Supplement 1 : 51-58 .
  • Ready, PD, Testa, JM, Wardhana, AH, Al-Izzi, M, Khalaj, M and Hall, MJR. ( 2009 ) Phylogeography and recent emergence of the Old World screwworm fly, Chrysomya bezziana, based on mitochondrial and nuclear gene sequences. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 23: Sup 1 : 43-50 .
  • Whitehorn, JS, Whitehorn, C, Thakrar, NA, Hall, MJR., Godfrey-Faussett, P and Bailey, R. ( 2009 ) The dangers of an adventurous partner: Cordylobia anthropophaga infestation in London. Transactions of the Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 104 : 374-375 .
2008
  • Dyer, NA, Lawton, SP, Ravel, S, Choi, KS, Lehane, MJ., Robinson, AS,  Okedi, LM, Hall, MJR., Solano, P and Donnelly, MJ. ( 2008 ) Molecular phylogenetics of tsetse flies (Diptera: Glossinidae) based on mitochondrial (COI, 16S, ND2) and nuclear ribosomal DNA sequences  with an emphasis on the palpalis group. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution 49 : 227-239 .
  • Hall, MJR. ( 2008 ) New World screwworm (Cochliomyia hominivorax) and Old World screwworm (Chrysomya bezziana)., In: Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals (mammals, birds and bees), Sixth Edition, Volume 1 . OiE, World Organisation for Animal Health, : Paris, France , 265-275. .
  • Hart, AJ, Whitaker, AP and Hall, MJR. ( 2008 ) The use of forensic entomology in criminal investigations: how it can be of benefit to SIOs.   The Journal of Homicide and Major Incident Investigation 4 : 37-47 .
  • Whitaker, A. and Hall, MJR ( 2008 ) Forensic entomology: using insects to solve crime.   Catalyst 19 : 1-7 .
2007
  • Amendt, J, Campobasso, C, Gaudry, E, Reiter, C, LeBlanc, H. and Hall, M.   ( 2007 ) Best practice in forensic entomology – standards and guidelines. International Journal of Legal Medicine 121 : 90-104 .
  • Amendt, J. and Hall, MJR. ( 2007 ) Forensic entomology – Standards and guidelines.   Forensic Science International 169S : S27 .
  • Cork, A. and Hall, MJR.   ( 2007 ) Development of an odour-baited target for female New World Screwworm, Cochliomyia hominivorax (Diptera: Calliphoridae): Studies with host baits and synthetic wound fluids. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 21 : 85-92 .
  • Hall, MJR. and Amendt, J. ( 2007 )  Forensic Entomology – Scientific foundations and applications. Forensic Science International 169S : S27 .
  • Hall, MJR., Brown, T, Jones, P and Clark, D. ( 2007 ) Forensic Sciences. Cox, M., Flavel, A., Hanson, I., Laver, J. and Wessling, R. (Eds.), In: The Scientific Investigation of Mass Graves: towards protocols and standard operating procedures.  . Cambridge University Press : Cambridge, MA, USA. , 463-497 .
2006
  • Colwell, DD, Hall M, and Scholl PJ.   ( 2006 ) A synopsis of the biology, host, distribution, disease and management of the genera. Colwell, DD., Hall, M, and Scholl, PJ. (Eds)., In: The Oestrid Flies: Biology, Host-Parasite Relationships, Impact and Management. . CAB International, : Wallingford UK , 218-304 .
  • Colwell, DD, Hall, M, Scholl, PJ. ( 2006 ) Introduction Colwell, DD., Hall, M and Scholl, PJ. (Eds)., In: The Oestrid Flies: Biology, Host-Parasite Relationships, Impact and Management. . CAB International : Wallingford UK , 1-7 .
  • Colwell, DD, Hall, MJR. and Scholl, PJ. (Eds) ( 2006 ) The Oestrid Flies: biology, host-parasite relationships, impact and management. . CABI Publishing : Wallingford, UK and Cambridge, USA , x-359 .
  • Diakakis, N, Papadopoulos, E, Hall, MJR and Desiris, A.   ( 2006 ) Post-traumatic complication due to Wohlfahrtia magnifica larvae on a horse. The Veterinary Record 158 : 170 .
  • Donovan, SE, Hall, MJR, Turner, BD and Moncrieff, CB. ( 2006 ) Larval growth rates of the blowfly, Calliphora vicina, over a range of temperatures. Medical & Veterinary Entomology 20 : 1-9 .
  • Hall, MJR and Brandt, AP ( 2006 ) Forensic Entomology Science in School 2 : 49-53 .
  • Hall, MJR. ( 2006 ) Forensic entomology: activities for schools.   Science in School 3 : 84-85 .
2005
  • Farkas, R, Hell, É, Hall MJR. and Gyurkovszky, M. ( 2005 ) In vitro rearing of the screwworm fly Wohlfahrtia magnifica.  Medical and Veterinary Entomology 19 : 22-26 .
  • Siddig, A, Al Jowary, S, Al Izzi, M, Hopkins, J, Hall, MJR and Slingenbergh, J. ( 2005 ) The seasonality of Old World screwworm (Chrysomya bezziana) in the Mesopotamia valley in Iraq. Medical and Veterinary Entomology 19 : 140-150 .
  • Sotiraki, S, Stefanakis, A, Hall, MJR, Farkas, R and Graf, JF.    ( 2005 ) Wohlfahrtiosis in sheep and the role of dicyclanil in its prevention. Veterinary Parasitology 131 : 107-117 .
  • Sotiraki, S., Stefanakis, A., Hall, MJR and Graf, JF.  (2005). ( 2005 ) Field trial of the efficacy of dicyclanil for the prevention of wohlfahrtiosis of sheep. The Veterinary Record 156 : 37 - 40 .
2003
  • Adams, ZJO and Hall, MJR. ( 2003 ) Methods used for the killing and preservation of blowfly larvae, and their effect on post-mortem larval length. Forensic Science International 138 : 50-61 .
  • Hall MJR ( 2003 ) The relationship between forensic science and entomology, In: Mange and myiasis of livestock, Proceedings of European Commission COST Action 833 conference 2002 . EC Directorate General for Research EUR 20647 : Brussels , 6-12 .
2001
  • Hall, MJR and Donovan, S. ( 2001 ) Forensic Entomology: what can maggots tell us about murders? Biologist 48 : 249-253 .
2000
  • Hall MJR ( 2000 ) On maggots and murders – forensic entomology. Spotlight Journal of the National Crime Faculty 3 : 5-8 .