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Dr Martin Hale

Academic Administrator

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Martin Hale was an exploration geologist in Africa and a mineral economist in London before embarking on an academic career at Imperial College. He went on to become Professor of Mineral Exploration at the Netherlands International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation (a faculty of the University of Twente), adjunct Professor of Geochemistry at Delft University of Technology and adjunct Professor of Economic Geology at Utrecht University.

His research group pioneered GIS-based mineral prospectivity mapping and he numbers amongst his PhD graduates the Minister of Mines of Cameroon and professors of economic geology at leading universities in India and South Africa. He was the founding editor-in-chief of the International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation and editor of Elsevier’s book series Handbook of Exploration and Environmental Geochemistry. His parallel academic management and administration experience led to appointments as Director of Research and Deputy Rector of the International Institute for Geoinformation Science and Earth Observation and, most recently, as Academic Administrator of the University of Gibraltar.


  • Trace element geochemistry: mineral exploration; environmental impact; health impact
  • Geochemical remote sensing of the subsurface: gas geochemistry for mineral exploration
  • Mineral prospectivity mapping: spatial statistics in GIS


  • 2019 MSc Marine Science and Climate Change: Marine Minerals, economic geology, environmental impact of mining
  • Former Mineral economics, economic geology, mineral exploration, minerals and the environment


  • Ruitenbeek, F.J.A. van, Cudahy, T.J., Meer, F. van der and HALE, M., 2012.Characterization of the hydrothermal systems associated with Archean VMS-mineralization at Panorama, Western Australia, using hyperspectral, geochemical and geothermometric data. Ore Geology Reviews, 45: 33-46.
  • HALE, M., 2010. Gas geochemistry and deeply buried mineral deposits. Geochemistry: Exploration, Environment, Analysis, 10: 261-267.
  • Carranza, E.J.M., Owusu, E.A. and HALE, M., 2009. Mapping of prospectivity and estimation of number of undiscovered prospects for lode gold, southwestern Ashanti Belt, Ghana. Mineralium deposita, 44: 915-938.
  • Carranza, E.J.M, HALE, M. and Faassen, C.A., 2008. Selection of coherent deposit-type locations and their application in data-driven mineral prospectivity mapping. Ore Geology Reviews, 33: 536–558.
  • Duker, A.A., Portaels, F. and HALE, M., 2006. Pathways of Mycobacterium ulcerans infection. Environment International, 32: 567-573.
  • Duker, A.A., Stein, A. and HALE, M., 2006. A statistical model for spatial patterns of Buruli ulcer in the Amansie west district, Ghana. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 8: 126-136.
  • HALE, M., 2000. Perspectives on modelling and managing geospatial data. International Journal of Applied Earth Observation and Geoinformation, 8: 83-148.
  • Porwal, A., Carranza, E.J.M., and HALE, M., 2006. Bayesian network classifiers for mineral potential mapping. Computers & Geosciences, 32: 1-16.
  • Duker, A.A. and HALE, M., 2006. Spatial relation between mining and Mycobacterium ulcerans infection in the Amansie West District, Ghana. In: Environmental Research at the Leading Edge (ed. R.W. Gore). Nova Science, New York, pp. 59-73.