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University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute



  • 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 work as part of the Conservation Evidence team synthesising information on the effectiveness of conservation interventions and am particularly interested in ecosystem restoration. 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 to control invasive species. 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 Management, 356, 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 evolution, 7(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 Biology, 29(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 Management, 358, 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?. PeerJ, 4, e1595.

Geographical region

Central America
South America
South East Asia
Postdoctoral Research Associate

Contact Details

Room 3.01 David Attenborough Building, Pembroke Street


Departments and institutes: 
Research keywords: 
Conservation Biology