Blaise Martay

Blaise Martay


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

Research Interests/Responsibilities

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.

Selected Publications

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.

Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Eglington, S.M, Martay, B. & Chamberlain, D.E. 2015. Drivers of climate change impacts on bird communities. Journal of Animal Ecology DOI:10.1111/1365-2656.12364.

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.

Contact details

Email: blaise.martay [at]
Telephone: 01842 750050
Fax: 01842 750030
Postal address: British Trust for Ornithology, The Nunnery, Thetford, IP24 2PU, UK.