Adam Martin

Adam Martin
Assistant Professor
Telephone number
416 287-7326
Building EV 464

Adam Martin is an ecologist in the Centre for Critical Development Studies and the Department of Physical and Environmental Sciences. He is interested in how differences in the morphological, chemical, and physical characteristics of plants – or their functional traits – influence the structure and function of agroecosystems. He is particularly interested in understanding how differences in leaf functional traits, both between and within crops, influence agroecosystem resilience and resistance to global change. While his research is applicable to a range of agroecosystems, the majority of it is currently based in coffee agroforestry systems throughout Central America. Adam also maintains active research on the carbon dynamics of tropical forests throughout Central America, the Caribbean, and South-east Asia. Along with his collaborators, Adam has published in a number of reputable open-access journals including PLoS ONE, AoB Plants, and Forests, as well as leading plant ecology journals such as New Phytologist and Tree Physiology.

Teaching Interests

  • EESB05H3F - Principles of Soil Science
  • EESC34H3S - Sustainability in Practice
  • IDSB02H3S - Development and Environment
  • IDSC02H3F - Environmental Science and Evidence-Based Policy


  • Fulthorpe R, Martin A, and Isaac M (2020) Root endophytes of coffee (Coffea arabica): variation across climatic gradients and relationships with functional traits. Phytobiomes Journal 4: 27-39  PDF
  • Boden K, Anglaaere L, Owusu S, Martin A, Buchanan S, Addo-Danso S, Isaac M (2020) Soil texture moderates root functional traits in agroforestry systems across a climatic gradient. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 295 PDF
  • Coleman B, Martin A, Thevathasan N, Gordon A, Isaac M (2020) Leaf trait variation and decomposition in short-rotation woody biomass crops under agroforestry management.Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 298 PDF
  • Kattge J, Bönisch G, Díaz S, Lavorel S, Prentice I, Leadley P, Tautenhahn S, Werner G, The TRY Consortium (including Martin A), Wirth C (2020). TRY plant trait database – evolution towards enhanced coverage and open access. Global Change Biology 26(1): 119-188  PDF

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Research Interests