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Department of Zoology



  • 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


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.


Finally, I am always keen to collaborate with new people, so if you have an idea that you'd like to work on with me - please get in touch!


Key publications: 

De Palma, A., Sanchez-Ortiz, K., Martin, P.A., Chadwick, A., Gilbert, G., Bates, A.E., Börger, L., Contu, S., Hill, S.L. and Purvis, A., 2018. Challenges with inferring how land-use affects terrestrial biodiversity: Study design, time, space and synthesis. In Advances in Ecological Research (Vol. 58, pp. 163-199). Academic Press.

Martin, P., Newton, A. C., Cantarello, E., & Evans, P. M. (2017). Analysis of ecological thresholds in a temperate forest undergoing dieback. PloS one, 12(12), e0189578.

Sayer, C. A., Bullock, J. M., & Martin, P. A. (2017). Dynamics of avian species and functional diversity in secondary tropical forests. Biological Conservation, 211, 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 Sciences, 280(1773), 20132236.

Other publications: 

Jucker, T. , Wintle, B. , Shackelford, G. , Bocquillon, P. , Geffert, J. L., Kasoar, T. , Kovacs, E. , Mumby, H. S., Orland, C. , Schleicher, J. , Tew, E. R., Zabala, A. , Amano, T. , Bell, A. , Bongalov, B. , Chambers, J. M., Corrigan, C. , Durán, A. P., Duvic‐Paoli, L. , Emilson, C. , da Silva, J. F., Garnett, E. E., Green, E. J., Guth, M. K., Hacket‐Pain, A. , Hinsley, A. , Igea, J. , Kunz, M. , Luke, S. H., Lynam, W. , Martin, P. A., Nunes, M. H., Ockendon, N. , Pavitt, A. , Payne, C. L., Plutshack, V. , Rademacher, T. T., Robertson, R. J., Rose, D. C., Serban, A. , Simmons, B. I., Emilson, E. J., Tayleur, C. , Wordley, C. F. and Mukherjee, N. (2018), Ten‐year assessment of the 100 priority questions for global biodiversity conservation. Conservation Biology. Accepted Author Manuscript. . doi:10.1111/cobi.13159

Cantarello, E., Newton, A. C., Martin, P. A., Evans, P. M., Gosal, A., & Lucash, M. S. (2017). Quantifying resilience of multiple ecosystem services and biodiversity in a temperate forest landscape. Ecology and evolution7(22), 9661-9675.

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.

Post-doctoral research associate

Contact Details

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building