Blaise's 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 her work involves combining BTO's large-scale datasets with data from other national monitoring schemes.
Interests & Responsibilities
Blaise has a broad interest in conservation ecology. In particular she is 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. Blaise is also interested in research into the best use of conservation practices such as agri-environmental schemes and habitat protection and restoration.
Qualifications2011 PhD Insect Conservation on Created Fenland, Anglia Ruskin University 2007 BA Hons Natural Sciences (specialising in Ecology), Cambridge University
Recent BTO Publications
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.
Content Related to Blaise Martay
Climate change and migratory species: a review of impacts, conservation actions, indicators and ecosystem services.
Part 1 documents a review of literature which was carried out to identify the impacts of climate change
Linking climate warming and land conversion to species’ range changes across Great Britain
The most notable changes over the past 75 years have been an increase in temperature and a loss of roughly 90% of lowland meadow and pasture, mainly converted to arable farmland and improved grassland.