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 master students are available in the Holomuseomics research group. 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
- (2021) Assessing spatial patterns of phylogenetic diversity of Mexican mammals for biodiversity conservation. Global Ecology and Conservation. vol. 31.
- (2021) Evidence of long-term purging of mutation load in killer whale genomes. bioRxiv - the preprint server for biology.
- (2021) Runs of homozygosity in killer whale genomes provide a global record of demographic histories. Molecular Ecology.
- (2021) Extensive genome-wide phylogenetic discordance is due to incomplete lineage sorting and not ongoing introgression in a rapidly radiated bryophyte genus. Molecular Biology and Evolution (MBE).
- (2021) Genome-resolved metagenomics suggests a mutualistic relationship between Mycoplasma and salmonid hosts. Communications Biology.
- (2021) Applied Uses of Ancient DNA. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution.
- (2021) The persistent threat of emerging plant disease pandemics to global food security. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.
- (2021) Will borealization of Arctic tundra herbivore communities be driven by climate warming or vegetation change?. Global Change Biology.
- (2020) Editorial: Herbarium Collection-Based Plant Evolutionary Genetics and Genomics. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution. vol. 8.
- (2020) Genomic adaptations and evolutionary history of the extinct scimitar-toothed cat, Homotherium latidens. Current Biology. vol. 30 (24).
- (2020) Metagenomic analysis of historical herbarium specimens reveals a postmortem microbial community. Molecular Ecology Resources. vol. 20.
- (2020) The evolutionary history of extinct and living lions. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. vol. 117 (20).
- (2020) Inference of natural selection from ancient DNA. Evolution Letters. vol. 4 (2).
- (2020) Ancient plant genomics in archaeology, herbaria, and the environment. Annual Review of Plant Biology. vol. 71.
- (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.