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1. seek out research opportunities that are collaborative and develop a network of collaborators to support that research.
2. take into account the many studies showing faculty-mentored scholarship to be one of the most effective means to student engagement, and view all student interactions as variations on the mentoring relationship, down to the nuances of how to think like a fully engaged student.
Student Research, Teaching, Outcomes Assessment, Mentoring
For decades, Dr. Martin has trained and advised PhD-level researchers from around the world in molecular microbial ecology techniques and analyses. For the last twenty-five years, he has been very active in seeking out opportunities to mentor teams of undergraduate and graduate students. He has developed a successful model for peer-mentoring among his students which draws on his experience with developing Standard Operating Procedures for the EPA to provide students with clear and reliable protocols incorporating quality control measures. These provide the foundation for him to mix peer-instruction with in-depth training in relevant techniques as well as theoretical explanations of the processes and objectives involved.
Microbial ecology, molecular ecology, animal, plant and soil microbiomes. Surface water contam.
Predators of Soil Bacteria in Plant and Human Health.; Volume
Anaerobic soil disinfestation and soilborne pest management; Organic amendments and soil suppressiveness in plant disease management (pp. 277-305). ; Springer, Cham.; Volume
Fungal-specific PCR primers developed for analysis of the ITS region of environmental DNA extracts; , BMC microbiology; 2005
Novel primers and PCR protocols for the specific detection and quantification of Sphingobium suberifaciens in situ; , Molecular and cellular probes; Volume
Morphotype community structure of ectomycorrhizas on Douglas fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii Mirb. Franco) seedlings grown under elevated atmospheric CO 2 and temperature; , Oecologia; Volume
Fellowships, Grants and Research
OREI Planning Grant “Exploring Grower Interest in Microbial Predation and the Impact on Nutrient and Microbial Turnover in Organic Production.”
Reckitt Benckiser microbiology
Notable Courses Taught
Lecture and Lab for:
BIO 1300 Field Biology
BIO 1630 General Biology
BIO 1700 Basic Microbiology
BIO 2060 General Genetics (lab only)
BIO 3200 Microbiology
BIO 4800 Biology Capstone Seminar
BIO 4990 Independent Study
BIO 5130 Microbial Ecology
BIO 7000 Independent Study