Dr. Dominic Martin

Post doc

Plant Ecology

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Postal Address
University of Bern
Institute of Plant Sciences
Plant Ecology
Altenbergrain 21
3013 Bern

My research focuses on sustainability transformations in land systems, aiming at informing policies that improve outcomes for people and nature. Specifically, I work towards understanding trade-offs and co-benefits between biodiversity, ecosystem services, and agricultural productivity and how these are affected by land management practices, including forest restoration and agroforestry. Furthermore, I’m passionate about open science, science communication, and collaborations with junior and senior researchers from diverse disciplinary and geographical backgrounds.

For my PhD, I’ve worked in smallholder agricultural land systems in Madagascar, investigating how vanilla agroforests can be managed to serve biodiversity, ecosystem services, and yields. During previous PostDocs, I worked on various research syntheses projects within the field of land system science.

Since March 2023, I work as a PostDoc on the synthesis subproject of the large interdisciplinary project “The role of nature for human well-being in the Kilimanjaro Social-Ecological System”.

Journal Articles

Kellner, E. & Martin, D. A. (2023) Learning from past coevolutionary processes to envision sustainable futures: Extending an action situations approach to the Water-Energy-Food nexus. Earth System Governance, 15, 100168. 10.1016/j.esg.2023.100168.

Martin, D. A., Llopis, J. C., Raveloaritiana, E., Coomes, O. T., Andriamihaja, O. R., Bruun, T. B., Heinimann, A., Mertz, O., Rakotonarivo, S., & Zähringer, J. G. (2023) Drivers and consequences of archetypical shifting cultivation transitions. People and Nature. 10.1002/pan3.10435.

Löfqvist, S., Kleinschroth, F., Bey, A., de Bremond, A., DeFries, R., Dong, J., Fleischmann, F., Lele, S., Martin D. A., Messerli, P., Meyfroidt, P., Pfeifer, Rakotonarivo, O. S., Ramankutty, N., Ramprasad, V., Rana, P., Rhemtulla, J. M., Ryan, C. M., Guimarães Vieira, I. C., Wells, G., & Garrett, R. D. (2023) How social considerations improve equity and effectiveness of ecosystem restoration. BioScience, 73(2), 134-148. 10.1093/biosci/biac099.

Hughes, A. C., Tougeron, K., Martin, D. A., Menga, F., Rosado, B. H. P., Villasante, S., Madgulkar, S., Gonçalves, F., Geneletti, D., Diele-Viegas, L. M., Berger, S., Colla, S. R., de Andrade Kamimura, V., Caggiano, H., Melo, F., de Oliveira Dias, M. G., Kellner, E., & do Couto, E. V. (2023) Smaller human populations are neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for biodiversity conservation. Biological Conservation, 277, 109841. 10.1016/j.biocon.2022.109841.

Martin, D. A. & Raveloaritiana, E. (2022) Using land-use history and multiple baselines to determine bird responses to cocoa agroforestry. Conservation Biology, 36(4), e13920. 10.1111/cobi.13920.

Wurz, A., Tscharntke, T., Martin, D. A., Osen, K., Raveloaritiana, E., Andriafanomezantsoa, R., Andrianisaina, F., Fulgence, T. R., Dröge, S., Rakotomalala, A. A. N. A., Randriamanantena, R., Soazafy, M. R., Andrianarimisa, A., Babarezoto, F. S., Barkmann, J., Hänke, H., Hölscher, D., Kreft, H. L. T., Rakouth, B., Guerrero-Ramirez, N., Ranarijaona, H. L. T., Ratsoavina, F. M., Ravaomanarivo Raveloson, L. H., & Grass, I. (2022) Win-win opportunities combining high yields with high multi-taxa biodiversity in tropical agroforestry. Nature Communications, 13(1), 4127. 10.1038/s41467-022-30866-8.

Wurz, A., Grass, I., Lees, D. C., Rakotomalala, A. A. N. A., Szabolcs, S., Martin, D. A., Osen, K., Loos, J., Benasoavina, E., Alexis, T., & Tscharntke, T. (2022) Land-use change differentially affects endemic, forest and open-land butterflies in Madagascar. Insect Conservation and Diversity, 15(5), 606-620. 10.1111/icad.12580.

Osewold, J., Korol, Y., Osen, K., Soazafy, M.R., Rabemanantsoa, T., Martin, D. A., Wurz, A., & Hölscher, D. (2022) Support trees in vanilla agroforests of Madagascar: diversity, composition and origin. Agroforestry Systems96, 717–730. 10.1007/s10457-022-00733-y.

Piemontese, L., Neudert, R., Oberlack, C., Pedde, S., Roggero, M., Buchadas, A., Martin, D. A., Orozco, R., Pellowe, K. E., Segnon, A. C., Zarbá, L., & Sietz. D. (2022) Validity and validation in archetype analysis: practical assessment framework and guidelines. Environmental Research Letters, 17(2), 025010. 10.1088/1748-9326/ac4f12.

Martin, D. A., Andrianisaina, F., Fulgence, T. R., Osen, K., Rakotomalala, A. A. N. A., Raveloaritiana, E., Soazafy, M. R., Wurz, A., Andriafanomezantsoa, R., Andriamaniraka, H., Andrianarimisa, A., Barkmann, J., Dröge, S., Grass, I., Guerrero-Ramirez, N., Hänke, H., Hölscher, D., Ranarijaona, H. L. T., Rakouth, B., Randriamanantena, R., Ratsoavina, F. M., Ravaomanarivo Raveloson, L. H., Schwab, D., Tscharntke, T., Zemp, D. C., & Kreft, H. (2022) Land-use trajectories for sustainable land system transformations: Identifying leverage points in a global biodiversity hotspot. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(7), e2107747119. 10.1073/pnas.2107747119.

Fulgence, T. R., Martin, D. A., Randriamanantena, R., Botra, R., Befidimanana, E., Osen, K., Wurz, A., Kreft, H., Andrianarimisa, A., & Ratsoavina, F. M. (2022) Differential responses of amphibians and reptiles to land-use change in the biodiversity hotspot of north-eastern Madagascar. Animal Conservation, 25(4), 492–507. 10.1111/acv.12760.

Schwab, D., Wurz, A., Grass, I., Rakotomalala, A. A. N. A., Osen, K., Soazafy, M. R., Martin, D. A., & Tscharntke, T. (2021) Decreasing predation rates and shifting predator compositions along a land-use gradient in Madagascar’s vanilla landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology, 58(2), 360-371. 10.1111/1365-2664.13766.

Soazafy, M. R., Osen, K., Wurz, A., Raveloaritiana, E., Martin, D. A., Ranarijaona, H. L. T., & Hölscher, D. (2021) Aboveground biomass carbon in Madagascar’s vanilla production landscape – exploring rehabilitation by agroforestry in the light of land-use history. Global Ecology and Conservation, 31, e01853. 10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01853.

Rakotomalala, A. A. N. A., Wurz, A., Grass, I., Martin, D. A., Osen, K., Schwab, D., Soazafy, M. R., Tscharntke, T., & Raveloson Ravaomanarivo, L. H. (2021) Tropical land use drives endemic vs. exotic ant communities in a global biodiversity hotspot. Biodiversity and Conservation, 30(14), 4417–4434. 10.1007/s10531-021-02314-4.

Martin, D. A., Andriafanomezantsoa, R., Dröge, S., Osen, K., Rakotomalala, E., Wurz, A., Andrianarimisa, A., & Kreft, H. (2021) Bird diversity and endemism along a land-use gradient in Madagascar: the conservation value of vanilla agroforests. Biotropica, 53(1), 179-190. 10.1111/BTP.12859. Peter Ashton Paper Prize.

Raveloaritiana, E., Wurz, A., Grass, I., Osen, K., Soazafy, M. R., Martin, D. A., Faliniaina, L., Rakotomalala, N. H., Vorontsova, M. S., Tscharntke, T., & Bakolimalala, R. (2021) Land-use intensification increases richness of native and exotic herbaceous plants, but not endemics, in Malagasy vanilla landscapes. Diversity and Distributions, 27(5), 784-798. 10.1111/ddi.13226.

Martin, D. A., Wurz, A., Osen, K., Grass, I., Hölscher, D., Rabemanantsoa, T., Tscharntke, T., & Kreft, H. (2021)  Shade-tree rehabilitation in vanilla agroforests is yield neutral and may translate into landscape-scale canopy cover gains. Ecosystems, 24(5), 1253-1267. 10.1007/s10021-020-00586-5.

Fulgence, T. R., Martin, D. A., Kreft, H., Ratsoavina, F. M., & Andrianarimisa, A. (2021) Spider traps amphibian in north-eastern Madagascar. Ecology and Evolution, 11(2), 682-687. 10.1002/ece3.7102.

Osen, K., Soazafy, M. R., Martin, D. A., Wurz, A., März, A., Ranarijaona, H. L. T., & Hölscher, D. (2021) Land-use history determines stand structure and tree diversity in vanilla agroforests of north-eastern Madagascar. Applied Vegetation Science, 24(1), e12563. 10.1111/avsc.12563.

Dröge, S., Martin, D. A., Andriafanomezantsoa, R., Burivalova, Z., Fulgence, T. R., Osen, K., Rakotomalala, E., Schwab, D., Wurz, A., Richter, T., & Kreft, H. (2021) Listening to a changing landscape: Acoustic indices reflect bird species richness and plot-scale vegetation structure across different land-use types in north-eastern Madagascar. Ecological Indicators, 120, 106929. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2020.106929.

Martin, D. A., Osen, K., Grass, I., Hölscher, D., Tscharntke, T., Wurz, A., & Kreft, H. (2020) Land-use history determines ecosystem services and conservation value in tropical agroforestry.  Conservation Letters, 13(5), e12740. 10.1111/conl.12740.

Plaza, M., Burke, T., Cox, T., Flynn-Carroll, A., Girndt, A., Halford, G., Martin, D. A., Sánchez-Fortún, M., Sánchez-Tójar, A., & Schroeder, J. (2020) Repeatable social network node‐based metrics across populations and contexts in a passerine. Journal of Evolutionary Biology, 33(11), 1634-1642. 10.1111/jeb.13703.

Sánchez-Tójar, A., Nakagawa, S., Sánchez-Fortún, M., Martin, D. A., Ramani, S., Girndt, A., Bókony, V., Kempenaers, B., Liker, A., Westneat, D. F., Burke, T., & Schroeder, J. (2018) Meta-analysis challenges a textbook example of status signalling and demonstrates publication bias. ELife, 7, e37385. 10.7554/eLife.37385.