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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 microbial ecology techniques and analyses. For the last twenty-five years, he has been very active 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.
Anaerobic soil disinfestation and soilborne pest management; Organic Amendments and Soil Suppressiveness in Plant Disease Management; Springer International Publishing; 2015
Novel primers and PCR protocols for the specific detection and quantification of Sphingobium suberifaciens in situ; , Molecular and cellular probes; Volume
Soil life in reconstructed ecosystems: initial soil food web responses after rebuilding a forest soil profile for a climate change experiment; , Applied soil ecology; Volume
Comparison of soil bacterial communities under diverse agricultural land management and crop production practices; , Microbial Ecology; Volume
Fungal-specific PCR primers developed for analysis of the ITS region of environmental DNA extracts; , BMC microbiology; 2005
Fellowships, Grants and Research
Reckitt Benckiser microbiology
Notable Courses Taught
Lecture and Lab for:
BIO 1630 General Biology
BIO 1700 Basic Microbiology
BIO 3200 Microbiology
BIO 4800 Biology Capstone Seminar
BIO 5130 Microbial Ecology