Amanda Elizabeth Martin

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Degrees:B.Sc. (Queen's), B.Sc. (British Columbia), Ph.D. (Carleton)
Office:Lab: Dr. Lenore Fahrig
Office: Geomatics and Landscape Ecology Laboratory, 338 Nesbitt Building
Office Hours: by appointment

Current Research

My current research focusses on understanding the role(s) of a wildlife species’ dispersal ability, i.e. the ability to make long-distance movements from where an individual currently lives to a new location. Dispersal ability varies widely among species; for example, some insects may only disperse a few metres, while birds have been known to settle 100s of kilometres from their birth place. A species’ dispersal ability is hypothesized to have effects on many things, including its sensitivity to habitat loss, risk from climate change, potential to be an invasive species, its genetic diversity, and how large its range is. My current research is looking to answer the questions (1) What are all the things people think dispersal ability affects; and (2) Which hypotheses (if any) are well-supported by empirical data?

Selected Publications

Martin, A.E., & Fahrig, L. 2016. Reconciling contradictory relationships between mobility and extinction risk in human-altered landscapes. Functional Ecology, 30, 1558–1567.

Miguet, P., Jackson, H.B., Jackson, N.D., Martin, A.E., & Fahrig, L. 2016. What determines the spatial extent of landscape effects on species? Landscape Ecology, 31, 1177-1194.

Martin, A.E., & Fahrig, L. 2015. Matrix quality and disturbance frequency drive evolution of species behavior at habitat boundaries. Ecology and Evolution, 5, 5792–5800.

Martin, A.E., & Fahrig, L. 2012. Measuring and selecting scales of effect for landscape predictors in species-habitat models. Ecological Applications, 22, 2277–2292.