Research Ecologist - Population Ecology & Modelling Team
My role is to carry out ecological research, primarily on climate change impacts. Recent projects include multi-taxa modelling of the impact of climate change on UK biodiversity and the impacts of phenological mismatch. Much of my work involves combining BTO's large-scale datasets with data from other national monitoring schemes.
2011 PhD Insect Conservation on Created Fenland, Anglia Ruskin University
2007 BA Hons Natural Sciences (specialising in Ecology), Cambridge University
I have a broad interest in conservation ecology. In particular I am interested in disentangling the impact of climate and land-use factors on populations to identify vulnerable species and populations, drivers of change and to predict future changes. This encompasses examining shifting species interactions as species respond in a variety of ways to change. I am also interested in research into the best use of conservation practices such as agri-environmental schemes and habitat protection and restoration.
Martay, B., Brewer, M., Elston, D.E., Bell, J., Harrington, R., Brereton, T., Barlow, K. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. (in prep). A cross-taxa appraisal of the impact of climate change on species' population size.
Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Martay, B., Johnston, A., Henrys, P., Bell, J., Harrington, R., Monteith, D. & Pearce-Higgins, J. (in prep). Modelling the relationship between national species abundance indices and national weather data.
Martay, B., Robertshaw, T., Doberski, J. & Thomas, A. 2014. Does dispersal limit the re-colonisation of created fenland by a wetland beetle Carabus granulatus? An assessment using direct measurements of dispersal and genetics. Restoration Ecology 22, 590-597.
Martay, B., Hughes, F.M.R. & Doberski, J. 2012. A comparison of created and ancient fenland using ground beetles as a measure of conservation value. Insect conservation and diversity 5, 251-263.
Email: blaise.martay [at] bto.org
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.