Dominic Andreas Martin
Dominic Andreas Martin, Dr.
Postdoctoral researcher

Earth System Science

Tel.: 044 63 55123
Room number: Y25 L 82

Research interests

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. I aim to bring knowledge into action by designing relevant and applicable research through co-production processes. 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. The interdisciplinary work further compared vanilla cultivation to forest and land under shifting cultivation, highlighting the importance of land-use history in land system science. Today, I’m working on various research syntheses projects within the field of land system science. My background in Geography and Ecology equips me with knowledge on a range of approaches from plot-based field data collection, over transdisciplinary methods, to meta research.


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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. In Press.

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

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. 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 Systems, 96, 717–730. 10.1007/s10457-022-00733-y.

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.

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.

Fulgence, T. R., Martin, D. A., Randriamanantena, R., Botra, R., Befidimanana, E., Osen, K., Wurz, A., Kreft, H., Andrianarimisa, A., & Ratsoavina, F. M. (2021) Differential responses of amphibians and reptiles to land-use change in the biodiversity hotspot of north-eastern Madagascar. Animal Conservation. 10.1111/acv.12760.

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., 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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., Somerville, J., & 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.

Hänke, H., Barkmann, J., Blum, L., Franke, Y., Martin, D. A., Niens, J., Osen, K., Uruena, V., Annette, S., & Wurz, A. (2018) Socio-economic, land use and value chain perspectives on vanilla farming in the SAVA region (north-eastern Madagascar): The Diversity Turn Baseline Study (DTBS). July 2019 Edition. 137. 10.13140/RG.2.2.22059.80163.

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.