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Dr Tom Martin

Terrestrial Research and Operations Manager

Tom is a conservation scientist with a broad range of research interests, having completed over 20 expeditions in nine countries. He joined his first Operation Wallacea expedition in 2005, when he completed his undergraduate dissertation examining the impacts of anthropogenic disturbance on the bird communities found on Buton Island. This in turn led to his PhD, which followed similar themes, and also took him to Opwall’s Honduras research site in Cusuco National Park. After a few years working in the steppes of Central Asia and on an ex-situ conservation research project in Canada, Tom returned to Opwall as part of a KTP Partnership with Hull University to administer the REDD+ application for the forests of Buton Island. After this Tom spend a further two years working in the Middle East and Central Asia, and returned to a full-time position in the UK office in 2018, where he now acts as senior scientist for the Honduras terrestrial project.


Monkhouse J, O’Connell D, Kelly DJ, Analuddin K, Karya A, Marples NM, Martin TE. The avifauna of Manui Island, south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia. In preparation for submission to Forktail.

Lonsdale G, Curlis Jr JD, Brown T, Martin TE. Feeding observation of Rhadinella montecristi in Parque Nacional Cusuco, Honduras. In preparation for submission to Herpetology notes.

Azar JF, Lawrence M, Martin TE, Hingrat, Y. The status of the Houbara Bustard in Yemen. In preparation for submission to Oryx.

Martin TE, Chambouleyron M, Francois A, Léger JF, Hingrat Y. Assessing the impact of overgrazing on the habitat and food availability of the African Houbara Bustard. In preparation for submission to the Journal of Arid Environments.

Palfrey RH, Baddams J, Raveloson BA, Rasmison S, Neaves J, Long P, Martin TE. The avifauna of Mariarano forest and its vicinity, Mahajanga II District, north-west Madagascar. In preparation for submission to Checklist.

Biega A, Lamont M, Mooers AO, Bowkett AE, Martin TE. Guiding the prioritization of the most endangered and evolutionary distinct birds for new ex-situ conservation programs. Submitted to Zoo Biology 20/01/18. Under review.

Harrison B, Martin TE. The accuracy of volunteer surveyors for obtaining tree measurements in tropical forests. Submitted to Ambio 12/01/18. Under review.

Martin TE, Machado C, Domashevsky S, Godino A. Two records of Himalayan Vulture Gyps himalayensis in central Uzbekistan. Accepted for publication in Vulture News. In press.

Martin TE, Monkhouse J, O’Connell D, Kangkuso A, Karya A, Priston NEC, Palmer CA, Harrison B, Baddams J, Mustari AH, Wheeler PM, Tosh DG (2018) Distribution and status of threatened and endemic marsupials on the offshore islands of southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. Australian Mammalogy. Early view version available: http://www.publish.csiro.au/AM/AM17052

Palfrey RH, Raveloson BA, Rasmison S, Long P, Martin TE. A population of Van Dam’s Vanga (Xenopirostris damii) in the Mariarano forest, north-west Madagascar. Bulletin of the British Ornithology Club 138: 275-277.

Martin TE, Gurein R, Fages F, Martineau A, Hingrat Y. (2018) A breeding population of Great Bustard and Little Bustard in South Kazakhstan Province. Sandgrouse 40: 138-143.

Martin TE, O’Connell D, Kelly DJ, Karya A, Analuddin K, Marples N (2018) A new record of Dwarf Sparrowhawk Accipiter nanus in south-east Sulawesi, Indonesia: is it only restricted to upland forests? BirdingAsia 29: 103-104.

Palmer CA, Durand S, Lamont M, Martin TE (2018) First observations of the impacts of Hurricane Maria on the endemic Imperial Amazon. Oryx 52: 409-415.

Martin TE, Dubos J, Riviere T, Loubon M, Fleureau J, Martineau A, Guillemin M, Nivet-Mazerolles V (2018) Bird records from the arid and semi-arid areas in southern Kazakhstan, 2009–2017. Sandgrouse 40: 53-74.

Martin TE, Fleureau J, Passerault M, Godino A (2018) Extensions to the known wintering range of Wallcreeper Tichodroma muraria and Eurasian Siskin Carduelis spinus in Uzbekistan (with records of three additional species from the study area). Sandgrouse 40: 2-4.

Martin TE, Monkhouse J, Halliday, Baddams J, Mulyani Y, Kaban A, Sumanto LY, Keogh, NT, Nightingale J (2018) Notes on the distribution, status, or natural history of ten species on Buton Island, South-East Sulawesi. BirdingAsia 28: 74-77.

Pfeifer M, Burt A, Calders K, Courtney-Mustaphi C, Cuni-Sanchez A, Deere NJ, Denu D, de Tanago JG, Hayward R, Lau A, Macía MJ, Olivier PI, Pellikka P, Seki H, Shirima D, Trevithick R, Wedeux B, Wheeler C, Munishi PKT, Martin TE, Mustari AH (2018) Tropical forest canopies and their relationships with climate and disturbance – results from a global dataset of consistent field-based measurements Forest Ecosystems 5: 7.

Biega A, Martin TE (2017) Do Amphibian conservation breeding programs target species of immediate and future conservation concern? Oryx 52: 723-729.

Hardwick JL, Priston NEP, Tosh DG, Martin TE, Mustari AH, Abernethy KE (2017) Community perceptions of the crop-raiding Buton macaque (Macaca ochreata brunnescens): an ethnoprimatological study on Buton Island, Sulawesi. International Journal of Primatology 6: 1102-1119.

Patterson G, Martin TE, Adams N, Cropper O, Haris AM, Tosh DG (2017) Lowland rainforest bat communities of Buton Island, SE Sulawesi, including new regional records. Raffles Bulletin of Zoology 65: 373-385.

Martin TE, Guillemin M, Nivet-Mazerolles VNM, Landsmann C, Dubos J, Eudeline R, Stroud J (2017) The herpetofauna of Central Uzbekistan. Reptile and Amphibian Conservation 11 (1): 93-107.

Martin TE, Biega A, Greenberg D, Mooers A (2017) Asking the right questions about the role of Zoos in Amphibian Conservation. Animal Conservation 20: 126-127.

Biega A, Greenberg D, Mooers A, Jones O, Martin TE (2017) Feature article: Global representation of threatened amphibians ex-situ is bolstered by non-traditional institutions, but gaps remain. Animal Conservation. 20: 113-119.

Hayward R, Martin TE, Utteridge T, Mustari AH, Marshall AR (2017) Are neotropical predictors of forest epiphyte–host relationships consistent in Indonesia? Journal of Tropical Ecology 33(2): 178-182.

Guillemin M, Martin TE (2017) Geographical distributions – Platyceps karelini (Spotted Desert Racer), Kazahstan; South Kazakhstan Region. Herpetological Review 48: 130-131.

Martin TE, Nightingale J, Baddams J, Monkhouse J, Kaban A, Sastranegara H, Mulyani Y, Blackburn GAB, Simcox W (2017) Variability in the effectiveness of two ornithological survey methods between tropical forest ecosystems. PLoS ONE 12 (1): e0169786.

Martin TE, Rodriguez F, Dickson I, Jones S, Van Dort J, Reyes E, Simcox W (2016) Notable range and altitudinal records from Cusuco National Park and environs, north-western Honduras. Cotinga 38: 32-39.

Martin TE, Kaiser H, Harrison B, O’Shea M (2015) Geographical distributions – Cryptoblepharus cf. schlegelianus, Lautem District, Timor Leste. Herpetological Review 46 (4) 568.

Martin TE, Kelly SBA, Froese G, Brodie J, Mulyani Y, Kelly DJ (2015) New records from Buton Island, Sulawesi, Indonesia. BirdingASIA 23, 128.

Martin TE, Nivet-Mazerolles V, Landsmann C, Guillemin M, Dubos J, Vallejo F, Dombrovski V (2014) Bird records from south-central Uzbekistan, 2010–2013. Sandgrouse 36 (1) 34-49.

Martin TE, Lurbiecki H, Mooers A (2014) The economic geography of ex-situ conservation. Animal Conservation 17 (2) 104-105.

Martin TE, Lurbiecki H, Joy J, Mooers A (2014) Feature article: Mammal and bird species held in zoos are less endemic and less threatened than their close relatives not held in zoos. Animal Conservation 17 (2) 89-96.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA (2014) Conservation value of secondary forest habitats for range-restricted bird species and the influence of ecological and biogeographical factors; a perspective from two widely separated tropical ecosystems. Ecography 37, 250-260.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA, Kelly DJ, Heriyadi D, Singer H (2012) The avifauna of the Lambusango Forest Reserve, Buton Island, South-East Sulawesi (with additional sightings from Southern Buton). Forktail 28, 107-112.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA (2012) Habitat associations of an insular Wallacean avifauna: a multi-scale approach for biodiversity proxies. Ecological Indicators 23, 491-500.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA (2010) Impacts of tropical forest disturbance upon avifauna on a small island with high endemism: implications for conservation. Conservation and Society 8, 127-139.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA, Simcox W (2010) An assessment of the effectiveness of two methods in describing a neotropical cloud forest bird community. Ornitologia Neotropical 21, 131-147.

Martin TE, Blackburn GA (2009) The effectiveness of a Mesoamerican ‘Paper park’ in conserving cloud forest avifauna. Biodiversity and Conservation 18: 3841–3859.

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