Martin joined the Bruns Lab in July of 1996. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Alaska in Fairbanks in May of 1996. Martin works on the evolutionary ecology of the monotropoid mycorrhizal symbiosis. The monotropes are a group of 10 genera of non-photosynthetic ericaceous plants. They are extreme specialist epiparasites of the ectomycorrhizal symbioses between various green plants and basidiomycete fungi. In other words, these are three-partite associations between two mycorrhizal plants and a mycorrhizal fungus. The monotropes most likely evolved from the ancestors of Arctostaphylos (manzanita) and Arbutus (madrone), which are generalist mycorrhizal shrubs and trees. Pictures of some of these wonderful plants can be seen at CalPhotos by searching for: snowplant, sugarstick, coneplant and pinedrops.
Martin worked in the lab of Bengt Söderström at Lund University in Sweden from November 1998 through March 1999 and again from August 1999 through November 1999.
Martin left the Bruns lab in June 2004 and is currently working at Kew Gardens in London England.