Belinda Martin

PhD, Dr, Dr

  • The University of Western Australia (M092), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

  • The University of Western Australia (M087), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth

    Australia

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Personal profile

Biography

I completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Ecology at James Cook University in 2010. I then moved to Western Australia to complete my Honors at UWA in looking into how plants can help remediate soils contaminated with petroleum hydrocarbons. I then worked as a Research Officer for two years within the plant genomics group in the CSIRO. After this, I came back to UWA to complete my PhD research (2015-2019) in seagrass-micorbial relations. I am now a Post-doctoral researcher within the School of Biological Sciences and the UWA Oceans Institute working in seagrass-microbial ecology. I also co-founded a science illustration company, Ooid Scientific, and currently spend my time between illustration and research.

Research

I am a microbial ecologist whose primary research focusses on plant health and microbial functions in ecosystems. I am especially interested in the rhizosphere environment, which is the zone of soil that is influenced by plant roots. Locally, I work closely with natural resource managers to improve our ability to respond to and manage activities that impact seagrass ecosystems. Internationally, I work with leaders in microbiome research; building capacity and drawing investment into WA in this growing field of microbiome research

Current projects

Application of novel molecular ecology techniques to track the resilience of critical coastal habitats across Western Australia 

- Understanding seagrass-microbial-sediment relationships for restoration and management

- Development of novel microbial monitoring tools

- Science illustration and graphics

- Development of novel imaging techniques for visualising soil and microbial processes

External positions

Co-founder, OOID Scientific

2018 → …

Research expertise keywords

  • Microbial ecology
  • Seagrass biology
  • Science illustration
  • Plant biology
  • Soil biology
  • Biogeochemistry

Industry keywords

  • Environmental
  • Communications

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