Dr Martin Breed
PhD in Plant Molecular and Restoration Ecology University of Adelaide (2009-2012)
MSc in Evolutionary Biology, Uppsala University (2006-2008)
BSc in Environmental Science and Zoology, James Cook University (2004-2006)
Awards & Achievements
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 a postdoc on ARC Linkage Project (LP110200805) that I helped to coordinate the application for during my PhD. My position is 90% research and 10% teaching. I have considerable postgraduate supervision and mentoring responsibilities (currently co-supervise 2 PhD and mentoring 3 PhD students).
I have two research foci:
(i) Adaptive population genomics. Using next-generation sequencing approaches to investigate species demographic history, species boundaries of species complexes, and explore genomic targets of environmental selection.
(ii) Seed sourcing for restoration. Together with PhD students I co-supervise (Nicholas Gellie, Kimberly McCallum), working on (a) empirically testing alternative provenancing strategies for ecological restoration, and (b) quantifying the biodiversity and ecosystem benefits of different restoration approaches (e.g. monoculture vs. diverse plantings).
• Early Career Research Award (within 5 years of PhD), Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide
• Executive Dean's Order of Merit, Faculty of Sciences, The University of Adelaide
I was a postdoc with Prof Jon Ågren’s plant ecology and evolution group. 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. My position was 95% research and 5% teaching, including ad hoc intensive tutoring on MSc course Evolutionary Processes, and student supervision and mentoring.
Adaptive traits included:
(i) leaf hairs (a classic plant defence trait). I worked with Prof Douglas Schemske (Michigan State University, USA), Prof John McKay (Colorado State University, USA) and Dr Sverre Lundemo (Uppsala University, Sweden). This resulted in two manuscripts that are in final preparation for submission.
(ii) root microbes (soil-borne microbes in the roots of plants; a metabolic or microbial defence trait). This root microbiome project is ongoing. I worked with Prof Siv Andersson (Uppsala University), Prof Sandra Baldalf (Uppsala University), Assoc Prof Anna Rosling (Uppsala University) and Prof Jan Stenlid (Swedish Agricultural University).
Full-time PhD student, The University of Adelaide (supervisors Prof Andrew Lowe, Dr Kym Ottewell, Dr Michael Gardner).
• I conclusively 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 (Breed MF et al. 2012. Shifts in reproductive assurance strategies and inbreeding costs associated with habitat fragmentation in Central American mahogany. Ecology Letters 15(5): 444-452).
• 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).
• I 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 helping generate novel approaches and negotiate 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
Manuscript reviewer: Molecular Ecology, Journal of Ecology, Ecography, Environmental Science & Policy, PLoS ONE, Restoration Ecology, Journal of Plant Ecology, Population Ecology, Forest Ecology & Management, Australian Journal of Botany, Austral Ecology, Biotropica
- Successful grant writer for Profs Andy Lowe, Barry Brook, Corey Bradshaw ARC Linkage - LP110200805 (2012-2014 $405k)
- Breed MF, 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 Grant ($1K)
- 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 ($9k)
- Breed MF (2010) Environment Institute Travel Grants for travel to Costa Rica (AUD$3k)
Peer-reviewed journal articles
accepted & 2014
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
Andrew Lowe, Greg Guerin, Ed Biffin, Stefan Caddy-Retalic, Eleanor Dormontt, Matt Christmas - TREND-SA and Ecological and Evolutionary Biology of Plants research group, University of Adelaide - TREND-SA ecological genomics project
Jon Ågren, Sverre Lundemo, Siv Andersson, Sandie Baldauf, Anna Rosling, Wei Zhao, Froukje Postma - Department of Plant Ecology and Evolution, Uppsala University - Arabidopsis thaliana projects
Barry Brook, Corey Bradshaw, Steve Delean, Damien Fordham, Michael Stead - Global Change Ecology Lab, University of Adelaide - TREND-SA ecological genomics project
John McKay - Colorado State University, Arabidopsis thaliana project
Bert Harris - Princeton University - various conservation project
Bianca Dunker - Flinders University and Australian National University - various fire ecology and plant gene flow projects
Entry last updated: Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014