Dr Martin Breed
PhD in Plant Molecular and Restoration Ecology University of Adelaide (2009-2012)
MSc in Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University (2006-2008)
BAppSc in Environmental Science and Zoology, James Cook University (2004-2006)
Awards & Achievements
ARC DECRA Fellowship DE150100542
Early Career Research Award: Faculty of Science, University of Adelaide 2013
Executive Dean's Order of Merit: Faculty of Science, University of Adelaide 2013
PhD thesis: Received the 2013 South Australian Science Excellence Award in PhD Research Excellence - Life and Environmental Sciences
PhD thesis: Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
Academic Merit and Research Potential: Noel and Vivian Lothian Scholarships, University of Adelaide 2010 and 2012
I am interested in developing conservation and restoration solutions from studying plant adaptation and community ecology. I work closely with the restoration sector (including community, professional, government groups) and many postgraduate students and academics. I have three main areas of research:
1. Adaptation of plants along environmental clines. I use this information to delineate seed zones, help inform species choices, and stratify wildlife corridor planning.
2. Developing Key Performance Indicators for restoration. I am establishing long-term experiments to compare traditional, expensive ecological methods with novel, rapid environmental genomic methods.
3. Improving pollination services. I am testing ecosystem engineering experiments to help safeguard natural and agricultural systems against imminent honeybee collapse from Varroa mite, by engineering increases in native pollinators.
I supervise two PhD students - Nicholas Gellie and Kimberly McCallum - and two Honours students - Dona Kireta and Jason Boxall.
I have more student opportunities, including PhD, Honours and summer scholarships. Contact me for details.
I was a postdoc with Prof Jon Ågren’s plant ecology and evolution group at Uppsala University. I used quantitative genetic and next-generation sequencing methods, together with extensive field and glass house trials, to explore the genetic basis and adaptive significance of adaptive traits in the model system Arabidopsis thaliana. Adaptive traits included leaf hairs (a classic plant defence trait) and the root microbiome (soil-borne microbes in the roots of plants). This work was conducted together with Prof Douglas Schemske (Michigan State University, USA), Prof John McKay (Colorado State University, USA), Prof Siv Andersson (Uppsala University), Prof Sandra Baldalf (Uppsala University), Assoc Prof Anna Rosling (Uppsala University), Dr Chris Oakley (Michigan State Uni) and Dr Sverre Lundemo (Uppsala University, Sweden).
I completed my PhD at the University of Adelaide, supervised by Prof Andrew Lowe, Dr Kym Ottewell, Dr Michael Gardner.
I showed that pollen diversity could have fitness effects over and above those of inbreeding, establishing a new paradigm for studying gene flow and mating systems of plants. I achieved this by the integration of population genetics with common garden trials, using a similar design to that proposed here. I showed this effect in a continent-wide survey of seed provenances of big-leaf mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla); the world’s most highly prized timber species and an ecosystem keystone species. I proposed the ‘constrained inbreeding hypothesis’ to potentially explain these pollen diversity effects (Breed MF et al. 2014 PLoS ONE).
I successfully applied for grants to cover all financial requirements of my PhD (consumables: AU$100k; travel: AU$12k) and was included in the coordination process of a successful ARC Linkage project (LP110200805) with Profs Andrew Lowe, Corey Bradshaw and Barry Brook. My role included generating the novel approaches and negotiating support from industry partners ($120K cash and $1.4M in-kind).
• 2013: South Australian Science Excellence Award, PhD Research Excellence-Life and Environmental Sciences
• 2013: Dean’s Commendation for Doctoral Thesis Excellence
• 2012: Noel and Vivian Lothian Scholarship for Academic Merit and Research Potential
• 2011: Faculty 1000 Recommended publication in Journal of Applied Ecology
• 2010: Noel and Vivian Lothian Scholarship for Academic Merit and Research Potential
Molecular Ecology (Top Reviewer in 2014), Journal of Ecology, Ecography, Environmental Science & Policy, Conservation Genetics, PLoS ONE, Restoration Ecology, Journal of Plant Ecology, Population Ecology, Forest Ecology & Management, Australian Journal of Botany, Austral Ecology, Biotropica
Breed MF (2015-2017) Understanding
adaptation of plants along environmental clines ARC DECRA DE150100542 ($355k)
AJ, Breed MF, Byrne M,
Lascoux M, Stephen J, Vendramin GG (2015-2017) Understanding adaptation to
improve conservation of Australian flora ARC Discovery DP150103414 ($373k)
Grant writer for Lowe AJ, Brook B, Bradshaw
C (2012-2014) ARC Linkage LP110200805 ($405k)
Breed MF (2014-2015)
Metabarcoding to demonstrate re-gain of soil function after ecological
restoration. Bioplatforms Australia
K, Breed MF, Lowe AJ, Paton
D. Do natural eucalypt patterns need to be incorporated into
revegetation design? Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($6K)
Ottewell K, Gardner M, Lowe AJ (2010-2012) Developing best practice approaches
for restoring River Murray forest ecosystems that are resilient to climate
change. Native Vegetation Council of South Australia Research Grant ($45K)
Breed MF (2011-2012)
PhD research. Estate of the late Winifred Violet Scott ($27.5K)
Breed MF (2012-2013)
PhD research. Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation ($5K)
Breed MF (2010)
PhD research. Nature Foundation of South Australia ($5K)
Breed MF (2011-2012)
PhD research. Sir Mark Mitchell Foundation ($4K)
Breed MF (2010)
PhD research. Australian Geographic Society Sponsorship ($3K)
Breed MF (2010)
PhD research. Field Naturalists Society of South Australia - Lirabenda
Endowment Fund ($3K)
Breed MF (2010)
PhD research. Wildlife Preservation Society of Australia Limited -
University Research Grant($1K)
Breed MF (2010)
PhD research. Biological Society of South Australia Field Research
Breed MF (2013) The
Dean's travel grant from the Wallenberg Foundation for travel to the
Evomics Workshop in Genomics, Czech Republic (SEK15k)
Breed MF (2010-2012) National
Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility - PhD Student
Collaboration Travel Grants for travel to Europe 2012, 2011 and Costa Rica 2010
Breed MF (2010) Environment
Institute Travel Grants for travel to Costa Rica (AUD$3k)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
accepted & 2015
- Lowe AJ, Cavers S, Boshier D, Breed MF, Hollingsworth P. The resilience of forest fragmentation genetics – no longer a paradox – we were just looking in the wrong place. Heredity
- Breed MF, Christmas MJ, Lowe AJ (in press). Higher
levels of multiple paternities increase seedling survival in the
long-lived tree Eucalyptus gracilis. PLoS ONE. 9(2): e90478
- Davis SJ, Cavers S, Finegan B, White A, Breed MF, Lowe AJ (in press). Pollen-mediated genetic rescue following stand-replacing disturbance in a neotropical pioneer tree, Vochysia ferruginea Mart. Heredity. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2013.95
- Breed M.F., Ottewell K.M., Gardner M.G., Marklund M.H.K., Dormontt E.E., Lowe A.J. (in press) Mating patterns and pollinator mobility are critical traits in forest fragmentation genetics.Heredity. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2013.48
- Breed M.F., Ottewell K.M., Gardner M.G., Marklund M.H.K., Stead M.G. Harris J.B.C. & Lowe A.J. (in press) Mating system and early viability resistance to habitat fragmentation of a bird-pollinated eucalypt. Heredity. DOI: 10.1038/hdy.2012.72
- Dormontt EE, Gardner MG, Breed MF, Rodger J, Prentis PJ, Lowe AJ (accepted 12 Aug 2014). Sequential genetic bottlenecks in time and space: Reconstructing invasions from contemporary and historical collections. PLoS ONE. 9(9): e106874
- Guerin G, Martín-Forés I, Biffin E, Baruch Z, Breed MF, Christmas MJ, Cross HB, Lowe AJ (accepted 20 Feb 2014). Global change community ecology beyond species sorting: a quantitative framework based on Mediterranean Biome examples. Global Ecology and Biogeography. DOI: 10.1111/geb.12184
- McCallum K.P., Guerin G.R., Breed M.F., Lowe A.J. (2014). Combining population genetics, species distribution modelling and field assessments to understand a species’ vulnerability to climate change. Aust. Ecol. 39(1): 17-18.
- Breed M.F., Stead M.G., Ottewell K.M., Gardner M.G., Lowe A.J. (2013). Which provenance and where? Seed sourcing strategies for revegetation in a changing environment. Conservation Genetics. 14(1): 1-10.[pdf]
- Rudh A., Breed M.F., Qvarnström A. (2013) Does aggression and explorative behaviour decrease with lost warning colouration? Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 108(1): 116-126
- Breed M.F., Marklund M.H.K., Ottewell K.M., Gardner M.G., Harris J.B.C. & Lowe A.J. (2012) Pollen diversity matters: revealing the neglected effect of pollen diversity on fitness in fragmented landscapes. Molecular Ecology. 21(24): 5955-5968 [Pdf].
- Murphy N.P., Breed M.F., Guzik M., Cooper S., Austin A. (2012) Trapped in desert springs: phylogeography of Australian desert spring snails. Journal of Biogeography 39(9): 1573-1582. [Pdf]
- Breed M.F., Gardner M.G., Ottewell K.M., Navarro C. & Lowe A.J. (2012). Shifts in reproductive assurance strategies and inbreeding costs associated with habitat fragmentation in Central American mahogany. Ecology Letters 15(5): 444-452. [Pdf]. Media release and featured on EurekAlert, Science Newsline Nature, e! Science News.
- Breed A.C., Breed M.F., Meers J., Field H.E. (2011). Evidence of endemic Hendra virus infection in flying-foxes (Pteropus conspicillatus) - implications for disease risk management. PLoS One. 6: e28816. [pdf]
- Weeks A.R., Sgro C.M., Young A.G., Frankham R., Mitchell N.J., Miller K.A., Byrne M., Coates D.J., Eldridge M.D.B., Sunnucks P., Breed M.F., James E.A. & Hoffmann A.A. (2011). Assessing the benefits and risks of translocations in changing environments: a genetic perspective. Evolutionary Applications 4(6), 709-725. [pdf]
- Breed M.F., Ottewell K.M., Gardner M.G., Lowe A.J. (2011). Clarifying climate change adaptation responses for scattered trees in modified landscapes. Journal of Applied Ecology 48(3), 637-641 [pdf]. Faculty 1000 Recommended paper
Breed MF Seed quality shifts and managing plant genetic resources in fragmented landscapes. Australian Wildlife Conservancy South-eastern Australia Science Symposium 18th July 2013
Breed MF Pollen can protect mahogany from extinction. E-Science. 1:36. April 2012
Breed MF Breathing life back into iconic forests. The Advertiser - can you believe it? 24 April 2012
Breed MF Natural pollen diversity is key to sustaining forest resource. CSIRO Ecos Magazine 16 April 2012
PhD thesis: Breed MF (2012) Restoration genetics of Murray mallee and neotropical forests.
MSc thesis Ch #1: Breed MF (2008) Warning colouration predicts behavioural and morphological differences in the strawberry poison-dart frog
MSc thesis Ch #2: Breed MF (2008) Dire effects of hunting on wolves in coastal southeast Alaska: loss of genetic diversity, fragmentation and a regional sink
Citation statistics here
- Breed MF, Ottewell KM, Gardner MG, Lowe AJ (Oct 2012) Seed
quality shifts and managing plant genetic resources in fragmented
landscapes. Linnean Centre for Plant Biology in Uppsala - Plant Science
for Future Needs. Invited talk.
- Breed MF (July 2012) Restoration genetics in neotropical and Australian mallee forests. TERN science meeting. Invited talk.
MF (April 2011) Developing best-practice seed sourcing strategies in
the Murray Darling Basin that are resilient to climate change. Field
Naturalists Society of South Australia. Invited talk.
MF (June 2010) Restoration Genetics of Australian Mallee and Neotropical
Forests. Departmental Seminar, Tulane University. Invited talk
MF (June 2010) Restoration Genetics of Australian Mallee and
Neotropical Forests. Departmental Seminar, University of Costa Rica.
- Breed MF (May 2010) The Environment Institute. Tree
Planting Day. Community Involvement Program, Yookamurra Sanctuary.
- Breed MF. (Feb 2010) Restoration Genetics of
Murray-Darling and Neotropical Forests. School of Earth and
Environmental Sciences symposium talk. Invited talk
- Breed MF. (Oct 2009) Restoration Genetics of Murray-Darling and Neotropical Forests. ACEBB symposium talk. Invited talk
MF, Hailer F, Darimont C, Leonard J. (Dec 2008) Genetic effects of
culling. Conference Poster Presentation. 33rd Ecological Society of
Australia Conference Sydney, Australia
- Breed MF, Hailer F,
Darimont C, Leonard J. (Oct 2008) Genetic effects of culling. Conference
Poster Presentation. Australasian Wildlife Management Society Annual
Conference 2008 Fremantle, Australia.
- Breed MF, Hailer F,
Darimont C, Leonard J. (Sept 2008) Genetic effects of culling.
Conference Poster Presentation. 54th Australian Mammal Society Inc.
Entry last updated: Monday, 16 Mar 2015