Research Focus: 
ecological speciation
natural selection
prey capture performance

Martin received his B.S. in Biology from Duke University. After a year in Malawi as a Fulbright Scholar, he completed his Ph.D. at the University
of California, Davis with Peter Wainwright. He was awarded a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley for work with Erica Bree Rosenblum and Craig Miller. He started his lab in the Department of Biology at the University of North Carolina in 2015.

The Martin Fish Speciation lab uses a case study approach to investigate the ecology, evolution, and genomics of adaptive radiation. We
are primarily developing two tropical field systems: 1) rare adaptive radiations of pupfishes in the Caribbean and 2) Cameroon crater lake cichlids, famous as putative examples of sympatric speciation. Common themes in our work include the ecological and genetic
conditions necessary for adaptive radiation, the mechanisms underlying this process from the perspective of fitness and performance landscapes, and the rare origins of ecological novelty.