Blaise Martay

Research Ecologist

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.

2011 PhD Insect Conservation on Created Fenland, Anglia Ruskin University 2007 BA Hons Natural Sciences (specialising in Ecology), Cambridge University

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.

Recent BTO Publications

Martay, B., Pearce-Higgins, J.W., Harris, S.J. & Gillings, S. 2018. Monitoring landscape-scale environmental changes with citizen scientists: Twenty years of land use change in Great Britain. Journal for Nature Conservation 44 : 33-42 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.jnc.2018.03.001)
Elston, D.A., Brewer, M.J., Martay, B., Johnston, A., Henrys, P.A., Bell, J.R., Harrington, R., Monteith, D., Brereton, T.M., Boughey, K.L., Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2017. A New Approach to Modelling the Relationship Between Annual Population Abundance Indices and Weather Data. Journal of Agriculture, Biological and Environmental Statistics : 1-19 View at journal website (DOI: 10.1007/s13253-017-0287-4)
Martay, B., Monteith, D.T., Brewer, M.J., Brereton, T., Shortall, C.R. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. An indicator highlights seasonal variation in the response of Lepidoptera communities to warming. Ecological Indicators 68 : 126-133 Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.057)
Martay, B., Brewer, M.J., Elston, D.A., Bell, J.R., Harrington, R., Brereton, T.M., Barlow, K.E., Botham, M.S. & Pearce-Higgins, J.W. 2016. Impacts of climate change on national biodiversity population trends. Ecography Link to publication View at journal website (DOI: 10.1111/ecog.02411)
B Martay, J W Pearce-Higgins, S Gillings & S R Baillie 2016. An assessment of the potential benefits of additional stratification of BBS squares by habitat and accessibility to enhance the monitoring of rare species and habitats. . Research Report no. 677. ISBN: 978-1-908581-59-4 39pp

Other 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.


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