Michael D. Martin
Background and activities
Research in my lab involves analyzing genome sequences in order to reconstruct and interpret the evolutionary histories of plants, animals, and their pathogens. I am particularly attracted to cases in which ancient/degraded DNA derived from natural history collections allows us to explain present-day distributions of biodiversity by looking directly into the past.
Research opportunities for graduate students are available in my lab. I encourage you to make contact if you are interested in becoming involved.
Scientific, academic and artistic work
A selection of recent journal publications, artistic productions, books, including book and report excerpts. See all publications in the database
- (2020) Metagenomic analysis of historical herbarium specimens reveals a postmortem microbial community. Molecular Ecology Resources.
- (2020) Inference of natural selection from ancient DNA. Evolution Letters. vol. 4.
- (2020) Ancient plant genomics in archaeology, herbaria, and the environment. Annual Review of Plant Biology. vol. 73.
- (2019) Killer whale genomes reveal a complex history of recurrent admixture and vicariance. Molecular Ecology. vol. 28 (14).
- (2019) Population genomics of an outbreak of the potato late blight pathogen, Phytophthora infestans, reveals both clonality and high genotypic diversity. Molecular plant pathology. vol. 20 (8).
- (2019) Speciation with gene flow in peatmosses - using whole genome sequencing to explore gene flow within and among species. The Bryological Times. vol. 149.
- (2019) Differential patterns of floristic phylogenetic diversity across a post-glacial landscape. Journal of Biogeography. vol. 47.
- (2019) Trophic interactions and abiotic factors drive functional and phylogenetic structure of vertebrate herbivore communities across the Arctic tundra biome. Ecography. vol. 42 (6).
- (2019) Demographic reconstruction from ancient DNA supports rapid extinction of the great auk. eLIFE. vol. 8:e47509.
- (2018) Implications and future prospects for evolutionary analyses of DNA in historical herbarium collections. Botany Letters. vol. 165 (3-4).
- (2018) Herbarium collection-based phylogenetics of the ragweeds (Ambrosia, Asteraceae). Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution. vol. 120.
- (2018) Recent Asian origin of chytrid fungi causing global amphibian declines. Science. vol. 360.
- (2017) The next generation fungal diversity researcher. Fungal Biology Reviews. vol. 31 (3).
- (2017) Determination of genetic relatedness from low-coverage human genome sequences using pedigree simulations. Molecular Ecology. vol. 26 (16).
- (2017) Characterizing restriction enzyme-associated loci in historic ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) voucher specimens using custom-designed RNA probes. Molecular Ecology Resources. vol. 17 (2).
- (2017) An ‛Aukward’ tale: a genetic approach to discover the whereabouts of the last Great Auks. Genes. vol. 8 (6).
- (2016) Genome-culture coevolution drives rapid divergence in the killer whale. Nature Communications. vol. 7.
- (2016) The population genomic basis of geographic differentiation in North American common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.). Ecology and Evolution. vol. 6 (11).
- (2016) Genomic characterization of a South American Phytophthora hybrid mandates reassessment of the geographic origins of Phytophthora infestans. Molecular biology and evolution. vol. 33.
- (2016) Historic late blight outbreaks caused by a widespread dominant lineage of Phytophthora infestans (Mont.) de Bary. PLOS ONE. vol. 11:e0168381 (12).