Märta Westberg


I am a research assistant working on the geology of two different sites in Jehol, China. This area has provided remarkably well preserved fossils of dinosaurs, birds and mammals, among others. I am a geologist, but I am also interested in biology and ecology. I love to get people engaged in the nature around them and to inspire them to learn about geology. I have worked as a guide at Limhamn's Limestone Quarry where I got to do just that, and also search for fossils together with visitors. My prior research includes looking at the preservation of bone cells in a fossilized mosasaur.


  • Nov 2022 – present: Research assistant at the School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University College Cork, Ireland.
  • June 2022 – Sep 2022: Mine Geologist at the Kankberg mine, Boliden AB, Sweden.
  • Feb 2018 – May 2022: Guide at Limhamn's Limestone Quarry, Malmö, Sweden. The quarry was active until 1994 and is today a nature reserve.
  • Aug 2019 – June 2021: MSc in Geology at Lund University, Sweden. Main subject: Palaeontology. Thesis: Westberg, M., 2021: The preservation of cells in biomineralized vertebrate tissues of Mesozoic age – examples from a Cretaceous mosasaur (Reptilia, Mosasauridae). Dissertations in Geology at Lund University, No. 619, 34 pp.
  • July 2018 – Aug 2018 and July 2019: Guide at the nature centre Naturum Västervik, Sweden. This centre has a focus on local nature and in particular the Baltic Sea.
  • Aug 2016 – June 2019: BSc in Geology at Lund University, Sweden. Thesis: Westberg, M., 2019: Enigmatic worm-like fossils from the Silurian Waukesha Lagerstätte, USA. Dissertations in Geology at Lund University, No. 560, 24 pp.

Maria McNamara Research Group

Experimental and analytical taphonomy

School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences (BEES), University College Cork (UCC), Butler Building, Distillery Fields, North Mall, Cork, T23 TK30, Ireland