Michael Martin

Lecturer in Biology

Background

Dr. Martin recently joined the faculty at Oxford College. He grew up in North Carolina and earned his BS in Environmental Studies at the University of North Carolina - Asheville (2008). He earned his PhD in Biological Sciences at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (2014) and served in postdocotral positions at Reed College (2014-2016) and the University of Arizona (2016-2017). 

Research Interests

The overwhelming diversity of life on Earth has always fascinated Dr. Martin. What evolutionary mechanisms best explain biodiversity? How do genetic changes result in the differences we observe between species? Dr. Martin's research has addressed both of these questions in two different biological systems: the freshwater fish group called the darters (Etheostoma) and the quintessential model system for genetics, fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). His research has taken him to regional, national, and international meetings. Recently, Dr. Martin organized a symposium for the International Society of Behavioral Ecology focused on the role of male competition for mates in generating biodiversity. Check HERE for more information and see below for relevant literature. 

Outreach through Teaching

Dr. Martin is committed to making scientific education accessible. To that end, he has partnered with local non-profits to introduce underserved youth to his own research and basic scientific principles (i.e., food webs, stream health, the cell, chemical reactions etc.). To date he has reached over 100 elementary and middle school aged children. 


Education

BS| University of North Carolina - Asheville| 2008

PhD| University of Maryland Baltimore County| 2014

Courses Taught

ENVS 131 - Introduction to Environmental Studies w/ Lab

BIOL 141 - Cell Biology and Genetics w/ Lab

Publications

See my Google Scholar profile