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 Species Survival Commission - 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 Species Survival Commission - 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:

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 Fellowship University Beacon Fellowship University of Adelaide
2016 Award Outstanding Early Career Alumnus: James Cook University, College of Science and Engineering James Cook University
2015 Award SA Young Tall Poppy Award Australian Institute of Policy & Science
2015 Fellowship ARC DECRA Fellowship Australian Research Council $355,000
2013 Award SA Science Excellence Award South Australian Department of State Development
2013 Award Executive Dean's Order of Merit University of Adelaide
2013 Award 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

Research Interests

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

Year Citation
2017 Bickerton, D., Russell, V. J., Breed, M. F., Wake, R., Davis, N., Hancock, N. ... Ellis, M. (2017). Best practice provenance for a changing climate: a workshop summary. Australian Plant Conservation, 26, 1, 4-6.
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 Martín-Forés, I., Avilés, M., Acosta-Gallo, B., Breed, M., del Pozo, A., de Miguel, J. ... Casado, M. (2017). Ecotypic differentiation and phenotypic plasticity combine to enhance the invasiveness of the most widespread daisy in Chile, Leontodon saxatilis. Scientific Reports, 7, 1, 1-10.
10.1038/s41598-017-01457-1
2017 Caddy-Retalic, S., Andersen, A., Aspinwall, M., Breed, M., Byrne, M., Christmas, M. ... Lowe, A. (2017). Bioclimatic transect networks: powerful observatories of ecological change. Ecology and Evolution, 7, 13, 4607-4619.
10.1002/ece3.2995
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J., Breed, M. & Lowe, A. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Molecular Ecology, 26, 11, 2895-2904.
10.1111/mec.14081
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, 44, 1, 22-27.
10.1071/WR16152
2017 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. ... Lowe, A. (2017). Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae). Austral Ecology, 42, 5, 553-561.
10.1111/aec.12474
2017 Bissett, A., Fitzgerald, A., Court, L., Meintjes, T., Mele, P., Reith, F. ... Macdonald, S. (2017). Erratum: Introducing BASE: The Biomes of Australian Soil Environments soil microbial diversity database [GigaScience. 5, 1, (2016) (1-11)] DOI: 10.1186/s13742-016-0126-5. GigaScience, 6, 5, 1-.
10.1093/gigascience/gix021
2017 Mills, J., Weinstein, P., Gellie, N., Weyrich, L., Lowe, A. J. & Breed, M. F. (2017). Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: The Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis. Restoration Ecology, -.
10.1111/rec.12610
2017 Broadhurst, L., Breed, M. F., Lowe, A., Bragg, J., Catullo, R., Coates, D. ... Byrne, M. (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
2016 Breed, M., Gellie, N. & Lowe, A. (2016). Height differences in two eucalypt provenances with contrasting levels of aridity. Restoration Ecology, 24, 4, 471-478.
10.1111/rec.12335
2016 Costion, C., Lowe, A. J., Rossetto, M., Kooyman, R., Breed, M. F., 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
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 Christmas, M., Breed, M. & Lowe, A. (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 Bissett, A., Fitzgerald, A., Meintjes, T., Mele, P., Reith, F., Dennis, P. ... Ferrari, B. (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, M., Mortimer, P. & Lowe, A. (2016). Restoration: 'Garden of Eden' unrealistic. Nature, 533, 7604, 469-469.
10.1038/533469d
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., 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
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
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 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
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. T. Gilbert (Ed.). PLoS One, 9, 9, e106874-1-e106874-11.
10.1371/journal.pone.0106874
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
2014 Guerin, G., Martín-Forés, I., Biffin, E., Baruch, Z., Breed, M., Christmas, M. ... Lowe, A. (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 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
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 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 Weeks, A., Sgro, C., Young, A., Frankham, R., Mitchell, N., Miller, K. ... Hoffmann, A. (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, 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

Year Citation
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N. & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Alternative provenancing strategies, theory and empirical evidence. 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu, Brazil.
2017 Breed, M. F., Gellie, N., Mills J, & Lowe, A. J. (2017). Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. 19th International Botanical Congress. Shenzhen, China.
2017 Lowe, A. J., Gellie, N., Mills, J. & Breed, M. F. (2017). Future challenges in restoration plantings, and their potential solutions. 7th World Conference on Ecological Restoration. Iguassu, Brazil.
2016 Lowe, A. J., Breed, M., Gellie, N., Guerin, G. R., 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, M. F., 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 Mills, J., Breed, M. F., Gellie, N. & Lowe, A. (2016). Revegetation rewilds the bacterial microbiome of an old field. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Hamilton, NZ.
2016 Breed, M. F., 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 Gellie, N., Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J. (2016). Laboratories for restoration science - developing the evidence base for resilient landscape restoration. Society for Ecological Restoration Australasia. Hamilton, NZ.
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 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 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.
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.

Datasets

Year Citation
2017 Gellie, N., Mills, J. G., Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J.; (2017); Revegetation rewilds the soil bacterial microbiome of an old field. Part 2: Soil chemistry;
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;
2016 Gellie, N. J. C., Breed, M. F., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A. & Lowe, A.; (2016); Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 1; survival;
2016 Gellie, N., Breed, M., Thurgate, N., Kennedy, S. A. & Lowe, A. J.; (2016); Local maladaptation in a foundation tree species: implications for restoration. Part 2 growth;
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. ... Lowe, A. J.; (2016); Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 1: Latitude;
2016 Baruch, Z., Christmas, M., Breed, M. F., Guerin, G. R., Caddy-Retalic, S., McDonald, J. T. ... Lowe, A. J.; (2016); Leaf trait associations with environmental variation in the wide-ranging shrub Dodonaea viscosa subsp. angustissima (Sapindaceae) Part 2: Elevation;
2015 Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J.; (2015); Higher Levels of Multiple Paternities Increase Seedling Survival in the Long-Lived Tree Eucalyptus gracilis;
2014 Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J.; (2014); Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation in a bird-pollinated eucalypt;
2013 Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J.; (2013); Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics;
2012 Breed, M. F. & Lowe, A. J.; (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 ($4.5M from Dept Ag + $2.7M partner cash) 

2.    Connor J, Cavagnaro T, Lowe AJ, Breed MF, O’Connor P. (2017-2019) Assessing South Australian carbon offset supply and policy for co-beneficial offsets. Goyder Institute CA-17-02 ($250k)
3.    Breed MF (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation of plants along environmental clines. ARC DECRA DE150100542 ($355k) 
4.    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) 

Other Research Grants Funded
5.    Breed MF (2017-2020). Optimizing today’s restoration for tomorrow’s challenges. University of Adelaide Beacon Fellowship (ca. $330k, includes 3 years full salary plus 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 >$110k total from 10 different organisations to fund the operational and travel costs of my PhD

Contract research 
8.    Breed MF (2017-2019) Maireana sedifolia rehabilitation efficiency and success. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($106k)
9.    Breed MF (2016-2017) Rehabilitation of soil function. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($17k)
10.    Breed MF (2016-2017) Maireana sedifolia seed collection and production. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($65k)

Grant reviewing services
Sept 2017    Reviewed ARC Linkage projects
Apr 2017    Reviewed ARC Discovery projects
May 2016    Reviewed ARC Discovery projects
Feb 2016    Reviewed ARC Linkage projects
May 2015    Reviewed ARC Discovery & DECRA projects

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 projects). 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. 
 

Current Postdocs
2017- Dr Nick Gellie – Optimising restoration interventions

Current PhD students
2017- Harrison Syndor – tbc (co-supervisor)
2017- Colette Blyth – Studies of adaptation to inform seed selection for restoration (principal supervisor)
2014- Kimberley McCallum – Influence of spatial planting patterns on ecosystem function in revegetated systems (co-supervisor)

Current Hons/postgrad students
2017- Hamish Morelli – What affect does urban vegetation diversity and structure have on green space fungal diversity? (Hons principal supervisor)
2017- Peishu Wang - Monitoring microbiome restoration (principal supervisor)
2016-2017 Jacob Mills – Next-generation urban green space restoration (Hons principal supervisor)

Lab group alumni
2016-2017 Dr Dongfeng Yan – China Scholarship Council postdoc – Developing operational indicators of ecological restoration success

Completed postgrad students
2014-2017 Nick Gellie – Developing best practice approaches for restoring forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate change (PhD co-supervisor)
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)

I have supervised 17 undergraduate student projects

Memberships

Date Role Membership Country
2017 - ongoing Member The Royal Society of South Australia Australia
2016 - ongoing Member Australian Network for Plant Conservation Australia
2015 - ongoing Member International Network for Seed-Based Restoration United States
2015 - ongoing Member The Royal Institution of Australia Inc. Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Australian Transect Network Australia
2014 - ongoing Member Genetics Society of Australasia Australia
2011 - ongoing Member British Ecological Society United Kingdom
2009 - ongoing Member Society for Ecological Restoration United States
2008 - ongoing Member Ecology Society of Australia Australia
2008 - ongoing Member Society for Conservation Biology United States

Committee Memberships

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

Editorial Boards

Date Role Editorial Board Name Country
2016 - ongoing Editor Restoration Ecology United States
2015 - ongoing Editor Cogent Environmental Science United Kingdom
Position
ARC DECRA Fellow
Phone
83131706
Campus
North Terrace
Building
Schulz Building
Org Unit
School of Biological Sciences

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