Dr Martin Breed

Martin Breed
ARC DECRA Fellow
School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Sciences

Dr Breed is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide who studies the complexities of ecosystem restoration interventions in urban to rural landscapes.

He is at the forefront of his field and is an editor on journals Restoration Ecology - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1526-100X - and Cogent Environmental Science - https://www.cogentoa.com/journal/environmental-science, and is a member of the IUCN Conservation Genetics Specialist Group - http://www.cgsg.uni-freiburg.de.

His expertise in urban green space design, genomics, plant evolutionary ecology, restoration science, and conservation biology has allowed him to develop pragmatic and workable solutions to emerging conservation and restoration challenges.

The impact of Dr Breed’s work is realised through his ongoing engagements with a diverse suite of collaborators, including public and community NGOs, commercial enterprises, primary industry, and government.

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Dr Martin Breed

Dr Breed is an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide who studies the complexities of ecosystem restoration interventions in urban to rural landscapes.

He is at the forefront of his field and is an editor on journals Restoration Ecology - http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1526-100X - and Cogent Environmental Science - https://www.cogentoa.com/journal/environmental-science, and is a member of the IUCN Conservation Genetics Specialist Group - http://www.cgsg.uni-freiburg.de.

His expertise in urban green space design, genomics, plant evolutionary ecology, restoration science, and conservation biology has allowed him to develop pragmatic and workable solutions to emerging conservation and restoration challenges.

The impact of Dr Breed’s work is realised through his ongoing engagements with a diverse suite of collaborators, including public and community NGOs, commercial enterprises, primary industry, and government.

I study Ecosystem Restoration Interventions in urban to rural landscapes by integrating genomics, plant evolutionary ecology, restoration science, and conservation biology. I enjoy testing new and emerging technologies.  

Examples of areas I work on include:

  • optimising benefits from urban green spaces in smart cities
  • improving restoration interventions under global change
  • developing innovative approaches to quantify restoration success
  • harnessing restoration interventions to deliver co-benefits to biodiversity and society (e.g. pollination, human health, carbon)

Appointments

Date Position Institution name
2015 DECRA Fellow University of Adelaide
2014 - 2015 Postdoc University of Adelaide
2013 - 2014 Postdoc Uppsala University

Awards and Achievements

Date Type Title Institution Name Amount
2018 - 2020 DVCR Research Fellowship University of Adelaide
2016 Outstanding Early Career Alumnus: James Cook University, College of Science and Engineering James Cook University
2015 SA Young Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy & Science
2015 ARC DECRA Fellowship University of Adelaide
2013 SA Science Excellence Award South Australian Department of State Development
2013 Executive Dean's Order of Merit University of Adelaide
2013 Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence University of Adelaide

Language Competencies

Language Competency
English Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review
Swedish Can read, write, speak and understand spoken

Education

Date Institution name Country Title
2009 - 2013 University of Adelaide Australia PhD
2006 - 2008 Uppsala University Sweden MSc
2004 - 2006 James Cook University Australia BAppSci

Keywords

Conservation and Biodiversity, Ecology, Environmental Management, Environmental Science and Management, Evolutionary Biology, Evolutionary Impacts of Climate Change, Genetics, Genetics & Heredity, Genomics, Microbial Ecology, Plant Biology, Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics, Quantitative Genetics

Journals

Date Citation
2017 Broadhurst,L, Breed,MF, Lowe,A, Bragg,J, Catullo,R, Coates,D, Encinas-Viso,F, Gellie,N, James,E, Krauss,S et al, 2017, Genetic diversity and structure of the Australian flora, Diversity and Distributions: a journal of conservation biogeography, 23, 1, 41-52 10.1111/ddi.12505
2017 Breed,W, Leigh,C, Breed,M, 2017, Changes in abundance and reproductive activity of small arid-zone murid rodents on an active cattle station in central Australia, Wildlife Research, - 10.1071/WR16152
2017 Martín-Forés,I, Avilés,M, Acosta-Gallo,B, Breed,MF, del Pozo,A, de Miguel,JM, Sánchez-Jardón,L, Castro,I, Ovalle,C, Casado,MA et al, 2017, Ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity combine to enhance the invasiveness of the most widespread daisy in Chile, Leontodon saxatilis, Scientific Reports, -
2017 Christmas,M, Biffin,E, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2017, Targeted capture to assess neutral genomic variation in the narrow-leaf hopbush across a continental biodiversity refugium, Scientific Reports, 7, 41367-1-41367-10 10.1038/srep41367
2017 Gellie,NJ, Mills,JG, Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ, 2017, Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field., Molecular ecology, - 10.1111/mec.14081
2017 Caddy-Retalic,S, Andersen,AN, Aspinwall,M, Breed,MF, Byrne,M, Christmas,M, Dong,N, Evans,B, Fordham,D, Guerin,GR et al, 2017, Bioclimatic transect networks: powerful observatories of ecological change, Ecology and Evolution, -
2016 Christmas,MJ, Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ, 2016, Constraints to and conservation implications for climate change adaptation in plants, Conservation Genetics, 17, 2, 305-320 10.1007/s10592-015-0782-5
2016 Breed,M, Mortimer,P, Lowe,A, 2016, Restoration: 'Garden of Eden' unrealistic, Nature, 533, 7604, 469-469 10.1038/533469d
2016 Bissett,A, Fitzgerald,A, Meintjes,T, Mele,P, Reith,F, Dennis,P, Breed,M, Brown,B, Brown,M, Brugger,J et al, 2016, Introducing BASE: the Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database, GigaScience, 5, 1, 1-11 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5
2016 Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Lowe,AJ, 2016, Height differences in two eucalypt provenances with contrasting levels of aridity, Restoration Ecology, 24, 4, 471-478 10.1111/rec.12335
2016 Baruch,Z, Christmas,M, Breed,MF, Guerin,G, Caddy-Retalic,S, McDonald,J, Jardine,D, Leitch,E, Gellie,N, Hill,K et al, 2016, Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae), Austral Ecology, OnlinePubl, 1-9 10.1111/aec.12474
2016 Christmas,M, Biffin,E, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2016, Finding needles in a genomic haystack: targeted capture identifies clear signatures of selection in a non-model plant species, Molecular Ecology, 25, 17, 4216-4233 10.1111/mec.13750
2016 Gellie,N, Breed,MF, Thurgate,N, Kennedy,S, Lowe,A, 2016, Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration, Biological Conservation, 203, 226-232 10.1016/j.biocon.2016.08.036
2016 Costion,C, Lowe,AJ, Rossetto,M, Kooyman,R, Breed,MF, Ford,A, Crayn,D, 2016, Building a plant DNA barcode reference library for a diverse tropical flora: an example from Queensland, Australia, Diversity, 8, 1, 1-9 10.3390/d8010005
2015 Davies,S, Cavers,S, Finegan,B, White,A, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2015, Pollen flow in fragmented landscapes maintains genetic diversity following stand-replacing disturbance in a neotropical pioneer tree, Vochysia ferruginea Mart, Heredity, 105, 2, 125-129 10.1038/hdy.2013.95
2015 Breed,M, Ottewell,K, Gardner,M, Marklund,M, Stead,M, Harris,J, Lowe,A, 2015, Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation in a bird-pollinated eucalypt, Heredity, 105, 2, 100-107 10.1038/hdy.2012.72
2015 Lowe,A, Cavers,S, Boshier,D, Breed,M, Hollingsworth,P, 2015, The resilience of forest fragmentation genetics-no longer a paradox-we were just looking in the wrong place, Heredity, 115, 2, 97-99 10.1038/hdy.2015.40
2015 Breed,M, Ottewell,K, Gardner,M, Marklund,M, Dormontt,E, Lowe,A, 2015, Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics, Heredity, 105, 2, 108-114 10.1038/hdy.2013.48
2014 Guerin,GR, Martín-Forés,I, Biffin,E, Baruch,Z, Breed,MF, Christmas,MJ, Cross,HB, Lowe,AJ, 2014, Global change community ecology beyond species-sorting: a quantitative framework based on mediterranean-biome examples, Global Ecology and Biogeography, 23, 10, 1062-1072 10.1111/geb.12184
2014 Dormontt,E, Gardner,M, Breed,M, Rodger,J, Prentis,P, Lowe,A, 2014, Genetic bottlenecks in time and space: reconstructing invasions from contemporary and historical collections, PLoS One, 9, 9, e106874-1-e106874-11 10.1371/journal.pone.0106874
2014 Breed,M, Christmas,M, Lowe,A, 2014, Higher levels of multiple paternities increase seedling survival in the long-lived tree eucalyptus gracilis, PLoS One, 9, 2, e90478-1-e90478-9 10.1371/journal.pone.0090478
2014 McCallum,K, Guerin,G, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2014, Combining population genetics, species distribution modelling and field assessments to understand a species vulnerability to climate change, Austral Ecology, 39, 1, 17-28 10.1111/aec.12041
2013 Rudh,A, Breed,M, Qvarnstrom,A, 2013, Does aggression and explorative behaviour decrease with lost warning colouration?, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, 108, 1, 116-126 10.1111/j.1095-8312.2012.02006.x
2013 Breed,M, Stead,M, Ottewell,K, Gardner,M, Lowe,A, 2013, Which provenance and where? Seed sourcing strategies for revegetation in a changing environment, Conservation Genetics, 14, 1, 1-10 10.1007/s10592-012-0425-z
2012 Breed,M, Marklund,M, Ottewell,K, Gardner,M, Harris,J, Lowe,A, 2012, Pollen diversity matters: revealing the neglected effect of pollen diversity on fitness in fragmented landscapes, Molecular Ecology, 21, 24, 5955-5968 10.1111/mec.12056
2012 Breed,M, Gardner,M, Ottewell,K, Navarro,C, Lowe,A, 2012, Shifts in reproductive assurance strategies and inbreeding costs associated with habitat fragmentation in Central American mahogany, Ecology Letters, 15, 5, 444-452 10.1111/j.1461-0248.2012.01752.x
2012 Murphy,N, Breed,M, Guzik,M, Cooper,S, Austin,A, 2012, Trapped in desert springs: phylogeography of Australian desert spring snails, Journal of Biogeography, 39, 9, 1573-1582 10.1111/j.1365-2699.2012.02725.x
2011 Weeks,A, Sgro,C, Young,A, Frankham,R, Mitchell,N, Miller,K, Byrne,M, Coates,D, Eldridge,M, Sunnucks,P et al, 2011, Assessing the benefits and risks of translocations in changing environments: a genetic perspective, Evolutionary Applications, 4, 6, 709-725 10.1111/j.1752-4571.2011.00192.x
2011 Breed,A, Breed,M, Meers,J, Field,H, 2011, Evidence of endemic Hendra Virus infection in flying-foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) - implications for disease risk management, PLoS One, 6, 12, 1-7 10.1371/journal.pone.0028816
2011 Breed,M, Ottewell,K, Gardner,M, Lowe,A, 2011, Clarifying climate change adaptation responses for scattered trees in modified landscapes, Journal of Applied Ecology, 48, 3, 637-641 10.1111/j.1365-2664.2011.01969.x

Conference Items

Date Citation
2017 Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Mills J,, Lowe,AJ, 2017, Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field, 19th International Botanical Congress, Shenzhen, China
2017 Lowe,AJ, Gellie,N, Mills,J, Breed,MF, 2017, Future challenges in restoration plantings, and their potential solutions, 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Iguassu, Brazil
2017 Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Lowe,AJ, 2017, Alternative provenancing strategies, theory and empirical evidence, 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Iguassu, Brazil
2016 Mills,J, Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Lowe,A, 2016, Revegetation rewilds the bacterial microbiome of an old field, Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Hamilton, NZ
2016 Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Lowe,A, 2016, How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?, Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Hamilton, NZ
2016 Lowe,AJ, Breed,M, Gellie,N, Guerin,GR, Mills,J, Christmas,M, 2016, Restoring South Australia's native vegetation, ''Botany 2016 – Past, Present and Future' Symposium. South Australian NRM Science Conference., The University of Adelaide
2016 Breed,MF, Gellie,N, Lowe,A, 2016, How can restoration avoid genetic ghettos, adapt to climate change, and effectively monitor success?, 11th Australian Plant Conservation Conference, Melbourne, Aus
2016 Gellie,N, Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ, 2016, Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for resilient landscape restoration, Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia, Hamilton, NZ
2015 Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2015, Seed quality shifts and managing plant genetic resources in fragmented landscapes, 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Manchester, UK
2015 Gellie,N, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2015, That big tree’s not from around here – provenance decision –making during uncertain times, 40th Ecological Society of Australia, Adelaide, Aus
2015 Gellie,N, Breed,M, Lowe,A, 2015, Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for cost-effective and resilient landscape restoration, 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Manchester, UK
2015 Christmas,M, Breed,M, Biffin,E, Lowe,A, 2015, Signatures of selection across the landscape: Using genomic tools to inform restoration and conservation practice, 6th World Conference on Ecological Restoration, Manchester, UK

Datasets

Date Citation
2017 Gellie,N, Mills,J, Breed,M, Lowe,A; 2017; Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 1: OTU raw data matrix
2017 Gellie,N, Mills,JG, Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ; 2017; Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 2: Soil chemistry
2016 Gellie,NJC, Breed,MF, Thurgate,N, Kennedy,SA, Lowe,A; 2016; Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 1; survival
2016 Gellie,N, Breed,M, Thurgate,N, Kennedy,SA, Lowe,AJ; 2016; Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 2 growth
2016 Baruch,Z, Christmas,M, Breed,MF, Guerin,GR, Caddy-Retalic,S, McDonald,JT, Jardine,DI, Leitch,EJ, Gellie,NJC, Hill,K et al; 2016; Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation
2016 Baruch,Z, Christmas,M, Breed,MF, Guerin,GR, Caddy-Retalic,S, McDonald,J, Jardine,DI, Leitch,EJ, Gellie,NJC, Hill,K et al; 2016; Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude
2015 Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ; 2015; Higher Levels of Multiple Paternities Increase Seedling Survival in the Long-Lived Tree Eucalyptus gracilis
2014 Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ; 2014; Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation in a bird-pollinated eucalypt
2013 Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ; 2013; Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics
2012 Breed,MF, Lowe,AJ; 2012; Pollen diversity matters: revealing the neglected effect of pollen diversity on fitness in fragmented landscapes

Funded Category 1 and Major Research Grants
1.    CIs: Lowe AJ, Dall D, Rader R, Cunningham S. PIs: Hogendoorn K, Breed MF, Thurgate N, Guerin G, O'Connor P, Olderoyd B, Latty T and 15 industry partners (2016-2020) Securing Pollination for More Productive Agriculture: guidelines for effective pollinator management and stakeholder adoption. Commonwealth Dept Ag & Rural R&D For Profit Fund ($5.2M from Dept Ag + $2.7M partner cash; I wrote first full draft, including pitch, research questions and design) 

2.    Breed MF (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation of plants along environmental clines. ARC DECRA DE150100542 ($355k) 
3.    Lowe AJ, Breed MF, Byrne M, Lascoux M, Stephen J, Vendramin GG (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation to improve conservation of Australian flora. ARC Discovery DP150103414 ($373k) 
4.    Lowe AJ, Brook B, Bradshaw C (2012-2014) ARC Linkage LP110200805 ($405k; $525k incl. partner cash) [I coordinated and wrote bulk of grant, generated novel approaches, negotiated $120k cash and $1.4M in-kind support from 5 industry partners]

Other Research Grants Funded
5.    Breed MF (2017-2020). Optimizing today’s restoration for tomorrow’s challenges. University of Adelaide DVCR Early Career Research Fellowship (ca. $330k, includes 3 years full salary plus some research support) 
6.    Breed MF (2016-2017). Adaptive potential in Dodonaea viscosa as a model for plant climate change adaptation. Thomas Davies Research Fund ($10k) 
7.    Breed MF, Lowe AJ (2015-2016). Metabarcoding to demonstrate re-gain of soil function after ecological restoration. BioPlatforms Australia (ca. $50k) 

I secured >$100k total from 10 different funding agencies to fund the operational and travel costs of my PhD

Contract research 
8.      Breed MF, Gellie N, Lowe AJ (2016-2017) Impact of rehabilitation on functional soil microbiome. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($17k)
9.      Breed MF, Gellie N, Lowe AJ (2016-2017) Comprehensive population genetics study of Maireana sedifolia. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($65k)

Having only held research-only fellowships and research grant funded postdoc positions, I have had little opportunity to be involved with undergraduate teaching. Accordingly, my career focus has been on research. However, despite this research focus, I have still been the supervisor of 16 undergraduate research students at the University of Adelaide since 2014 (6-10 week positions). These students have largely been summer research scholarship students or BSc Advanced Practice and Principles of Research III interns. 

Further to these undergraduate research students, I have had ad hoc undergraduate teaching responsibilities at the University of Adelaide. I led the conservation genetics tutorial for Conservation and Restoration Level III in 2014 (Env BIOL 3008), tutored this same practical in 2016, have been an examiner of Honours Research Hypothesis and Experimental Proposal in 2016 and 2017 (SCIENCE 4100A/B), and a tutor of BSc Advanced Principles and Practice in Research II and III in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (SCIENCE 3100, SCIENCE 2300). At Uppsala University, Sweden, I was tutor of the Evolutionary Processes postgraduate course in 2013. 
 

I currently supervise 1 China Scholarship Council postdoc (Dr Dongfeng Yan), 1 PhD student (Colette Blyth), and 1 Honours student (Jacob Mills), and co-supervise 2 PhD students (Nick Gellie – recently submitted, Kimberly McCallum). I supervised 2 honours students in 2015 (both 1st Class Hons, Dona Kireta and Ellyse Bunney), provided support to supervisors of 1 MSc, 1 Hons and 4 PhD students to completion, and have supervised 16 undergraduate interns (e.g. summer research students). I am currently in discussions with a number of potential future PhD students, and expect to be principal supervisor of at least 2 new PhD students by the end of 2017 (Dona Kireta, Jacob Mills). 

Current Postdocs & PhD students
2017-     Colette Blyth – Studies of adaptation to inform seed selection for restoration (principal supervisor)
2016-     Dr Dongfeng Yan – China Scholarship Council postdoc – Developing operational indicators of ecological restoration success (supervisor)
2014-     Kimberley McCallum – Influence of spatial planting patterns on ecosystem function in revegetated systems (co-supervisor)
2014-     Nick Gellie – Developing best practice approaches for restoring forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate change (co-supervisor) (thesis submitted in December 2016)

Current Hons students
2016-     Jacob Mills – Next-generation urban green space restoration (supervisor)

Completed MSc and Hons students
2015     Dona Kireta – Population genetic structure of 3 Goodenia species in South Australia (Hons 1st class)
2015     Ellyse Bunney – Chemical signatures of adaptation in Dodonaea viscosa (Hons 1st class)
2013-2014    Kanaka Lakschmig – Root-colonising fungi using DNA metabarcoding (MSc mentor, Uppsala University)
2011     Kimberley McCallum – Combining population genetics, species distribution modeling and field assessments to understand a species’ vulnerability to climate change (Hons mentor, 1st class)

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2016 Member Australian Network for Plant Conservation
2015 Member The Royal Institution of Australia Inc.
2015 Member International Network for Seed-Based Restoration
2014 Member Genetics Society of Australasia
2014 Member Australian Transect Network
2011 Member British Ecological Society
2009 Member Society for Ecological Restoration
2008 Member Society for Conservation Biology
2008 Member Ecology Society of Australia

Committee Memberships

Date Role Committee Institution Country
2017 Member Australian Smart Cities Consortium University of Adelaide Australia
2016 Member IUCN Conservation Genetics Specialist Group IUCN Germany
2016 Member Securing pollination for more productive agriculture University of Adelaide Australia
2016 Advisory Board Member Trees For Life Technical Advisory Committee Australia

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 Editor Restoration Ecology United States
2015 Editor Cogent Environmental Science United Kingdom
Position
ARC DECRA Fellow
Phone
61883131706
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Schulz Building
Org Unit
School of Biological Sciences

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