Oxford Long-Term Ecology Lab

Long-Term Ecology, Biodiversity Conservation, and Environmental Stewardship Technologies

Andrew is a D.Phil. candidate in the Natural Environment Research Council’s (NERC) Doctoral Training Partnership. Using dendrochronological methods, he is investigating the role of soil nutrients, specifically nitrogen, in controlling the growth of deciduous shrubs in the Arctic tundra. His research is supervised by Dr. Lizzy Jeffers, Dr. Marc Macias-Fauria (Geography) and Prof. Kathy Willis. Andrew’s research is primarily funded by NERC alongside a smaller Gubay Award from the Isle of Man Government.

Andrew holds a BSc in Geography (University of St Andrews – 1st class), and an MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management (University of Oxford).

Additional Contributions

Global Pollen Project. This project was envisioned as an open science tool and framework for the identification of pollen from their morphology. Collaborating with William Harvey, Andrew led design and development of a function-first web framework, which now runs https://globalpollenproject.org. Work is continuing on the Global Pollen Project alongside further collaborator Sandra Nogué: pollen traits are currently being incorporated to enable characterisation of plant families, genera, and species by their pollen and spore traits.

Local Ecological Footprint Tool (LEFT) and EcoSet. Andrew led the development of the technical infrastructure for LEFT during its transition from research prototype to a live tool.

Systematic Map Visualisation. Andrew is developing a lightweight framework for the visualisation and exploration of systematic maps, with Gill Petrokofsky. Some of our systematic maps are visualised here using the framework.

FetchClimate. Andrew worked at Microsoft Research Cambridge during a three month internship, on a project to incorporate geo-temporal datasets of future climate (i.e. CMIP5 scenarios) into Microsoft’s FetchClimate tool.

See Andrew’s GitHub profile here 



Selected Publications

H. Epstein, U. Bhatt, M. Raynolds, D. Walker, B. C. Forbes, T. Horstkotte, M. Macias-Fauria, A. Martin, G. Phoenix, J. Bjerke, H. Tømmervik, P. Fauchald, H. Vickers, R. Myneni, C. Dickerson, 2017: Tundra Greenness [in Arctic Report Card 2017], http://www.arctic.noaa.gov/Report-Card.

Long, P. R., Benz, D., Martin, A. C., Holland, P. W. A., Macias-Fauria, M., Seddon, A. W. R., Hagemann, R., Frost, T. K., Simpson, A. C., Power, D. J., Slaymaker, M. A. and Willis, K. J. (2017), LEFT – a web-based tool for the remote measurement and estimation of ecological value across global landscapes. Methods Ecol Evol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12924

Martin A.C., Jeffers E.S., Petrokofsky, G., Myers-Smith, I, and Macias-Fauria, M. (2017), Shrub growth and expansion in the Arctic tundra: an assessment of controlling factors using an evidence-based approach. Environmental Research Letters. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/aa7989

Martin, A. C., and Harvey, W. J. (2017), The Global Pollen Project: A New Tool for Pollen Identification and the Dissemination of Physical Reference Collections. Methods Ecol Evol. Accepted Author Manuscript. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.12752

Martin, A. C., & Harvey, W. J. (2017). Global Pollen Project v1.0 [Data set]. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.260180



Martin, A.C., 2018. Rural Manx vernacular buildings are not protected by planning policy: an evidence-informed approach reveals inconsistency in policy application and assessment [WWW Document]. doi:10.17605/OSF.IO/7N9BD