Laura J. Martin

Laura J. Martin
Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies and Faculty Affiliate in History
Kellogg House


S.B. Brown University, Biophysics (2006)
M.S. Cornell University, Natural Resources (2010)
Ph.D. Cornell University, Natural Resources (2015)

Areas of Expertise

environmental history

history of biology

science & technology studies

conservation biology

natural history

evolutionary ecology


Scholarship/Creative Work

Bradley Cantrell, Laura J. Martin, Erle C. Ellis, “Designing Autonomy: Opportunities for New Wildness in the Anthropocene,” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 32 (2017): 156-166. pdfThe AtlanticLandscape Architecture Magazine

Laura J. Martin, “Mathematizing nature’s messiness: graphical representations of variation in ecology, 1930-present,” Environmental Humanities 7 (2015): 59-88. pdf

Dirk S. Schmeller, Romain Julliard, Peter J. Bellingham, Monika Böhm, Neil Brummitt, Alessandro Chiarucci, Denis Couvet, David M. Forsyth, Richard D. Gregory, Laura J. Martin, Jean-Baptiste Mihoub, Jaime Carcia Moreno, Vânia Proença, Chris A.M. van Swaay, Jayne Belnap, “Towards a global terrestrial species monitoring program,” Journal for Nature Conservation 25 (2015): 51-57. pdf

Laura J. Martin, Robert R. Dunn, Rachel Adams, Ashley Bateman, Holly M. Bik, John Hawks, Sarah Hird, David Hughes, Steven Kembel, Kerry Kinney, Sergios-Orestis Kolokotronis, Gabriel Levy, Craig McClain, James F. Meadow, Raul Medina, Gwynne Mhuireach, Corrie Moreau, Jason Munshi-South, Clare Palmer, Laura Popova, Coby Schal, Martin Taubel, Michelle Trautwein, Juan Ugalde, “Evolution of the indoor biome,” Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30 (2015): 223-232. pdfSüddeutsche ZeitungNew York Times

Laura J. Martin, Anurag A. Agrawal, Clifford E. Kraft, “Historically browsed jewelweed populations exhibit greater tolerance to deer herbivory than historically protected populations,” Journal of Ecology 103 (2015): 243-249. pdfCornell ChronicleNature News

Laura J. Martin and Shauna-kay Rainford, Bernd Blossey, “Effects of plant litter diversity, species origin, and traits on larval toad performance,” Oikos 124 (2015): 871-879. pdf

Laura J. Martin and Sara B. Pritchard, “Correspondence: inclusive conservation excludes,” Nature 516 (2014): 37. pdf

Laura J. Martin, John E. Quinn, Erle C. Ellis, M. Rebecca Shaw, Monica Dorning, Clifford E. Kraft, Lauren Hallett, Nicole E. Heller, Richard J. Hobbs, Elizabeth Law, Nicole Michel, Michael Perring, Patrick D. Shirey, Ruscena Wiederholt, “Conservation opportunities across the world’s anthromes,” Diversity and Distributions 20 (2014): 745-755. pdf

Jason W. Karl, Jeffrey E. Herrick, Robert S. Unnasch, Jeffrey K. Gillan, Erle C. Ellis, Wayne G. Lutters, Laura J. Martin, “Discovering ecologically relevant knowledge from published studies through geosemantic searching,” BioScience 63 (2013): 674–682. pdf

Laura J. Martin and Bernd Blossey, “Intraspecific variation overrides origin effects in impacts of litter-derived secondary compounds on larval amphibians,” Oecologia 173 (2013): 449-459. pdf

Laura J. Martin and Bernd Blossey, “Costs and failures of Phragmites australis management in the USA,” Estuaries and Coasts 36 (2013): 626-632. pdf

Laura J. Martin, Bernd Blossey, Erle C. Ellis, “Mapping where ecologists work: biases in the global distribution of terrestrial ecological observations,” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10 (2012): 195-201. pdfNature Newsonearth

Laura J. Martin and Bernd Blossey, “Invasive plant cover impacts the desirability of lands for conservation acquisition,” Biodiversity and Conservation 21 (2012): 1987-1996. pdf

Laura J. Martin, “Where are the women in ecology?” Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10 (2012): 177-178. pdf

Laura J. Martin, “Metaphor and the idea of a dominant conservation ethic,” Conservation Biology 24 (2010): 1172-1173. pdf

Laura J. Martin, “Reclamation and reconciliation: Land-use history, ecosystem services, and the Providence River,” Urban Ecosystems 13 (2010):243-253. pdf

Laura J. Martin and Bernd Blossey, “A framework for ecosystem services valuation,” Conservation Biology 23 (2009): 494-496. pdf

Amity M. Wilczek, Judith L. Roe, Mary C. Knapp, Martha D. Cooper, Cristina Lopez-Gallego, Laura J. Martin, Christopher D. Muir, Sheina Sim, Alexis Walker, Jillian Anderson, J. Franklin Egan, Brook T. Moyers, Renee Petipas, Antonis Giakountis, Erika Charbit, George Coupland, Stephen M. Welch, and Johanna Schmitt, “Effects of genetic perturbation on seasonal life history plasticity.” Science 323 (2009): 930-934. pdfe! Science News

J. Leighton Reid, J. Bert Harris, Laura J. Martin, Jacob R. Barnett, Rakan A. Zahawi, “Distribution and abundance of nearctic-neotropical songbird migrants in a forest restoration site in southern Costa Rica,” Journal of Tropical Ecology 24 (2008): 1-4. pdf

“How Does Architecture Affect the Evolution of Other Species?” RCC Perspectives: Transformations in Environment and Society, 2016 no. 5

“G. Evelyn Hutchinson’s Exultation in Natural History,” American Scientist, July-August 2016

“The x-ray images that showed midcentury scientists how radiation affects an ecosystem,” Slate, 28 December 2015

“Evolution of the indoor biome,” Your Wild Life, 16 March 2015

“Space cadets and rat utopias,” The Appendix – Futures of the Past Issue, 28 August 2014

“Is a footprint the right metaphor for ecological impact?” Scientific American, 2 April 2014

“The secret (and ancient) lives of houseplants,” Your Wild Life, 21 April 2013

“Butterflies and bombs,” Scientific American, 26 March 2013

“Postage stamps overlook Earth’s tiny creatures,” Scientific American, 20 February 2013

“#OverlyHonestMethods, or #SoGladWe’reHavingThisConversation,” Scientific American, 9 January 2013

“The death of natural selection,” Scientific American, 5 November 2012

“Scientists as writers,” Scientific American, 15 August 2012

“The co-evolution of insects, plants, and a career,” Scientific American, 16 April 2012

“Visiting the corpse plant,” Scientific American, 21 March 2012