Dr Martin Breed
Martin is a Beacon Fellow within the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide. His research interests sit broadly in restoration ecology, ecological genomics, and plant adaptation, which he applies in urban, rural, production, and wild habitats.
Martin returned to the University of Adelaide as an ARC DECRA Fellow in 2015, and established new research strengths in plant adaptation and restoration genomics. From 2013 to 2014 Martin was a Swedish Research Council postdoctoral Fellow at Uppsala University, Sweden, in Prof Jon Ågren’s plant ecology and evolution laboratory.
Examples of his projects, include:
• optimising benefits from urban green spaces in smart cities
• improving restoration interventions under global change
• developing new approaches to quantify restoration success
• harnessing restoration interventions to deliver co-benefits to biodiversity and society (e.g. human health, pollination)
His research pioneers the integration of genomics into restoration ecology, has redefined the study of gene flow and mating systems of plants in fragmented landscapes, and has led to global revision of seed sourcing strategies under global change.
Martin sits on several boards and advisory panels, including the Editorial Board of Restoration Ecology (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1526-100X), the IUCN Species Survival Commission (Conservation Genetics Specialist Group - http://www.cgsg.uni-freiburg.de/), Technical Advisory Committee for Trees For Life (South Australian environmental NGO - https://www.treesforlife.org.au/), and a member of the Executive for the Australian Smart Cities Consortium (https://www.adelaide.edu.au/smart-cities/).
The impact of his work is realised through helping to establish new guidelines and policies, including the Australian National Standards for Ecological Restoration. Such changes are only enabled by his ongoing engagements with a diverse suite of collaborators, including public and community NGOs, commercial enterprises, primary industry, and government.
Martin's research pioneers the integration of genomics into restoration ecology, has redefined the study of gene flow and mating systems of plants in fragmented landscapes, and has led to global revision of seed sourcing strategies under global change
Examples of project include:
- optimising benefits from urban green spaces in smart cities with the Australian Smart Cities Consortium
- 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)
|2018||Beacon Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2015 - 2017||DECRA Fellow||University of Adelaide|
|2014 - 2015||Postdoc||University of Adelaide|
|2013 - 2014||Postdoc||Uppsala University|
|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|
|English||Can read, write, speak, understand spoken and peer review|
|Swedish||Can read, write, speak and understand spoken|
|2009 - 2013||University of Adelaide||Australia||PhD|
|2006 - 2008||Uppsala University||Sweden||MSc|
|2004 - 2006||James Cook University||Australia||BAppSci|
|2018||Gellie, N., Breed, M. F., Mortimer, P., Harrison, R., Xu, J. & Lowe, A. J. (2018). Networked and embedded scientific experiments in restoration will improve outcomes. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, -.|
|2018||Urbina, H., Breed, M. F., Zhao, W., Lakshmig, K., Andersson, S., Ågren, J. ... Rosling, A. (2018). Specificity in Arabidopsis thaliana recruitment of root fungal communities from soil and rhizosphere. Fungal Biology, -.
|2018||Lowe, A. J., Breed, M. F., Caron, H., Colpaert, N., Dick, C., Finegan, B. ... Cavers, S. (2018). Standardised genetic diversity-life history correlates for improved genetic resource management of Neotropical trees. Diversity and Distributions, -.|
|2018||Yan, D., Mills, J., Gellie, N., Bissett, A., Lowe, A. & Breed, M. (2018). High-throughput eDNA monitoring of fungi to track functional recovery in ecological restoration. Biological Conservation, 217, 113-120.
|2018||Liddicoat, C., Bi, P., Waycott, M., Glover, J., Breed, M. F. & Weinstein, P. (2018). Ambient soil cation exchange capacity inversely associates with infectious and parasitic disease risk in regional Australia. Science of the Total Environment, 626, 117-125.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2017||Mills, J., Weinstein, P., Gellie, N., Weyrich, L., Lowe, A. & Breed, M. (2017). Urban habitat restoration provides a human health benefit through microbiome rewilding: The Microbiome Rewilding Hypothesis. Restoration Ecology, 25, 6, 866-872.
|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-.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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||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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|2016||Breed, M., Mortimer, P. & Lowe, A. (2016). Restoration: 'Garden of Eden' unrealistic. Nature, 533, 7604, 469-469.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|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||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||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.|
|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||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.|
|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.|
|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., 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||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||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;|
Category 1 and Major Research Grants
Kendrick G, Breed MF, Krauss S, Stephen J (2018-2020). Seagrass adaptation and acclimation responses to extreme climatic events. ARC Discovery DP180100668 ($525k)
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)
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)
Breed MF (2015-2018). Understanding adaptation of plants along environmental clines. ARC DECRA DE150100542 ($355k)
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
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)
Breed MF (2016-2017). Adaptive potential in Dodonaea viscosa as a model for plant climate change adaptation. Thomas Davies Research Fund ($10k)
Breed MF, Lowe AJ (2015-2016). Metabarcoding to demonstrate re-gain of soil function after ecological restoration. BioPlatforms Australia (ca. $50k)
2017-2019 Maireana sedifolia rehabilitation efficiency and success. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($106k)
2016-2017 Rehabilitation of soil function. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($17k)
2016-2017 Maireana sedifolia seed collection and production. Iluka Resources Ltd. ($65k)
Grant reviewing services
2017 Reviewed ARC Discovery & Linkage projects
2016 Reviewed ARC Discovery & Linkage projects
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 17 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.
2017- Dr Nick Gellie – Optimising restoration interventions
Current PhD students
2018- Jacob Mills – tbc
2018- Dona Kireta – tbc
2017- Harrison Syndor – What role does environmental microbiome exposure have on inflammatory bowel disease? (co-supervisor)
2017- Colette Blyth – Defining restoration seed zones in the genomics era (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)
2016-2017 Dr Dongfeng Yan – China Scholarship Council postdoc – Developing operational indicators of ecological restoration success
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)
Undergraduate students (summer scholarships, interns)
2017-2018 Riley Hodgson
2016-2017 Colette Blyth
2016 Gemma Connell
2016 Michael Silva
2015-2016 Kyle Larson
2015-2016 Tatiana Maeda
2014-2016 Jacob Mills
2015 Naiana Rodrigues
2014-2015 Dona Kireta
2014-2015 Jason Boxall
2014-2015 Mark Laws
|2017 - ongoing||Member||The Royal Society of South Australia||Australia|
|2016 - ongoing||Member||Australian Network for Plant Conservation||Australia|
|2015 - ongoing||Member||The Royal Institution of Australia Inc.||Australia|
|2015 - ongoing||Member||International Network for Seed-Based Restoration||United States|
|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|
|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|