Dr. Neo Martinez

Associate Professor
Positions and Education: 
  • Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona, 2013-present
  • Director and Founder, Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab 2003-present
  • Affiliated Researcher, Energy and Resources Group, U. of California, Berkeley 1997-present
  • Assistant Professor, Biology Department, San Francisco State University 1996-2001
  • Principle Investigator, Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory 1992-2009
  • Ph.D. Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley 1991
  • MS. Energy and Resources, University of California, Berkeley 1989
  • MS. Oceanography and Limnology 1988, University of Wisconsin, Madison 1988
  • BS. Biology with Ecology concentration, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 1984
Honors and Awards: 
  • Board of Directors, Society for the Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 2008-2010
  • Amer. Assoc. for the Advancement of Science/SACNAS Leadership Institute Fellow 2009
  • Marie Currie Senior Research Fellow, Potsdam Germany, 2008-2009
  • IGERT Visiting Professor of Nonlinear Systems, Cornell University 2002-2003
  • National Science Foundation and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow 1992-1996
Research Interests: 

Neo Martinez' Lab investigates the structure and function of complex networks, especially ecological networks involving feeding relationships, population dynamics, evolution and interactions with humans.  He is a broadly trained interdisciplinary ecologist who employs empirically and theoretically oriented computational tools including simulations, visualizations, informatics, and games to elucidate the complex interdependencies of all life on earth.  We pursue questions such as 1) What is the balance of life and how do ecological stability and human interaction affect that balance?  2)  How do mutualism, competition, feeding interactions, population dynamics and speciation interact within complex ecological networks?  and 3) How can we improve human understanding and interactions with nature in order to become more ecologically and socially sustainable?  Our research emphasizes aquatic systems including lakes, rivers, oceans and coral reefs and focuses on the most empirically well-described systems in the world from Lake Constance in Europe to the Moorean Coral Reefs in Tahiti.   We also study terrestrial systems from the Montane meadows of the Rocky Mountains to the grasslands of the Serengeti.


Read an overview of lab activities in leading conservation biology magazine Conservation In Practice - Virtual Ecosystems (Fall 2003) along with a feisty interchange with food-web guru Bob Paine: Letter, with response by Martinez/Dunne (Winter 2003/2004).


See list of publications on Google Scholar and Web of Science.

Selected Publications: 
  1. Dunne, J.A., R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, R.A. Wood, and D.H. Erwin. 2008.  Compilation and network analyses of Cambrian food webs.  PLoS Biology 5:e102
  2. Lafferty, K. D., Allesina, S., Arim, M., Briggs, C. J., DeLeo, G., Dobson, A. P., Dunne, J. A., Johnson, P., Kuris, A. M., Marcogliese, D. J., Martinez, N. D., Memmott, J. E., Pascual, M., Marquet, P. A., McLaughlin, J. P., Mordecai, E. A. & Thieltges, D. W.  2008. Parasites in food webs: the ultimate missing links? Ecology Letters 11:533-546.
  3. Berlow, E.L., J.A. Dunne, N.D. Martinez, P.B. Stark, R.J. Williams and U. Brose.  2009.  Simple prediction of interaction strengths in complex food webs.  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 106:187-191.
  4. Romanuk,* T.N., Y. Zhou**, U. Brose, E.L. Berlow, R.J. Williams and N.D.Martinez.  2009. Predicting invasion success in complex ecological networks.  Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B. 364:1743-1754.
  5. Kefi, S. E.L. Berlow, E. Wieters, S. Navarrete, O. Petchey, S. Wood, A. Boit, L. Joppa, K. Lafferty, R.J. Williams, N.D. Martinez, B. Menge, C. Blanchette, A. Iles, and U. Brose. 2012.  More than a meal: Integrating non-trophic interactions in food webs.  Ecology Letters 15:291-300.
  6. Barnosky, A.D., J. Bascompte, E.L. Berlow, J.H. Brown, M. Fortelius, W.M. Getz, R. Gillespie, E. A. Hadly, J. Harte, A.Hastings, J. Kitzes, P.A. Marquet, C. Marshall, N.D. Martinez, N. Matzke, D. Mindell, A. Mooers, E. Revilla, P. Roopnarine, A.B. Smith, G. Vermeij, and J.W. Williams. 2012.  Approaching a state shift in Earth's biosphere.  Nature 486:52-58.
  7. Boit, A., N.D. Martinez, R.J. Williams and U. Gaedke. 2012. Mechanistic theory and modeling of complex food-web dynamics in Lake Constance.  Ecology Letters 15:564-602.
  8. Martinez, N.D., P. Tonin, B. Bauer, S. Yoon, I. Yoon, J.A. Dunne. 2012Sustaining economic exploitation of complex ecosystems in computational models of coupled human-natural networks. AAAI 2012. Proceedings of The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, (Special Track on Computational Sustainability).
  9. Thompson, R.M., U. Brose, J.A. Dunne, R.O. Hall, S. Hladyz, R.L. Kitching, N.D. Martinez, H. Rantala, T. Romanuk, D.B. Stouffer and J.M. Tylianakis. 2012.  Food webs: reconciling the structure and function of biodiversity Trends in Ecology and Evolution 27:689-697.
  10. Yoon, I., G. Ng, H. Rodrigues, T. Nguyen, J. H.Paik, S. Yoon, R. J. Williams, and N. D. Martinez.  2013.  Iterative design and development of the "World of Balance" game: from ecosystem education to scientific discovery.  IEEE Games Innovations Conference pages 283-290.
  11. Morlon, H., S. Kefi, and N. D. Martinez.  2014.  Effects of trophic similarity on community composition. Ecology Letters DOI: 10.1111/ele.12356

Contact Information

Lab Phone: 
(520) 621-1741
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