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Dr Philip Martin

Dr Philip Martin

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building


  • Postdoctoral research associate - University of Cambridge - Oct 2016 - Present
  • Independent post-doc - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology - Jan 2016 - April 2016
  • Postdoctoral research assistant - Bournemouth University  - May 2014 - December 2015
  • PhD student - Centre for Ecology and Hydrology/Bournemouth University - 2010-2014
  • Research assistant - Birdlife - 2010
  • Research assistant - WCMC - 2010
  • Research assistant - British Antarctic Survey - 2008 - 2010
  • MSc Applied Ecology - University of East Anglia - 2007-2008
  • BSc Biology - MMU - 2002-2006

Research Interests

I am particularly interested in ecosystem restoration, how long ecosystems take to recover from human disturbance, and estimating long-term, large scale changes in biodiversity.

I have used a combination fieldwork, and statistical and mechanistic models to answer these questions. 

Currently, I work as part of Bill Sutherland's group carrying out synthesis on the effectiveness of different conservation interventions.

Key Publications

Sayer, C. A., Bullock, J. M., & Martin, P. A. (2017). Dynamics of avian species and functional diversity in secondary tropical forests. Biological Conservation211, 1-9.

Martin, P. A., Newton, A. C. and Bullock, J. M. (2017), Impacts of invasive plants on carbon pools depend on both species’ traits and local climate. Ecology, 98: 1026–1035. doi:10.1002/ecy.1711

Martin, P. A., Newton, A. C., Pfeifer, M., Khoo, M., & Bullock, J. M. (2015). Impacts of tropical selective logging on carbon storage and tree species richness: A meta-analysis. Forest Ecology and Management356, 224-233.

Martin, P. A., Newton, A. C., & Bullock, J. M. (2013). Carbon pools recover more quickly than plant biodiversity in tropical secondary forests. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences280(1773), 20132236.

Other Publications

Evans, P.M., Newton, A.C., Cantarello, E., Martin, P., Sanderson, N., Jones, D.L., Barsoum, N., Cottrell, J.E., A’Hara, S.W. and Fuller, L. (2017) Thresholds of biodiversity and ecosystem function in a forest ecosystem undergoing dieback. Scientific Reports, 7.

Spake, R., Ezard, T. H., Martin, P. A., Newton, A. C., & Doncaster, C. P. (2015). A meta‐analysis of functional group responses to forest recovery outside of the tropics. Conservation Biology29(6), 1695-1703.

Martin, P. A., Newton, A. C., Cantarello, E., & Evans, P. (2015). Stand dieback and collapse in a temperate forest and its impact on forest structure and biodiversity. Forest Ecology and Management358, 130-138.

Martin, P., Jung, M., Brearley, F. Q., Ribbons, R. R., Lines, E. R., & Jacob, A. L. (2016). Can we set a global threshold age to define mature forests?. PeerJ4, e1595.