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Jason Martina, Ph.D.

Jason Martina

Jason Martina, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Curriculum Vitae (PDF) - coming soon

Post-doc, 2012-2014, University of Michigan
Ph.D., 2012, Michigan State University
M.S., 2006, Northern Illinois University
B.S., 2004, Northern Illinois University



Ecology and Management of Aquatic Macrophytes (BIO 7426)
Wetland Plant Ecology and Management (BIO 4429)
Global Change Biology (BIO 4351I/5351I)

Research Interests

Wetland Ecology, Plant Ecology, Invasion Ecology, Ecosystem Ecology, Restoration Ecology 
My research incorporates elements of plant ecology, invasion ecology, and ecosystem ecology in wetlands and grasslands. My lab uses field, laboratory, and computational modeling techniques to test hypotheses concerning the causes and consequences of biological invasion, one of the largest components of global change. We look at plant invasions holistically, from the species traits and external drivers that allow these aggressive species to dominant, to what effects their dominance has on the ecosystem, with the overall goal of using newly gained information to manage their populations and restore invaded ecosystems. My lab addresses the following questions: Why do certain species become invasive? What physiological, reproductive, and morphological traits allow for their competitive superiority? What are the consequences of invasion to the native biota and how do these changes affect nutrient cycling and carbon storage? What restoration techniques best control their populations?

Selected Publications

Goldberg, D.E., E.E. Batzer, K.J. Elgersma, J.P. Martina, and J. Klimesova. 2020. Allocation to clonal growth: critical questions and protocols to answer them. Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics 43:125511

Sharp, S.J., K.J. Elgersma, J.P. Martinaand W.S. Currie. 2020. Hydrologic flushing rates drive nitrogen cycling and plant invasion in freshwater coastal wetland model. Ecological Applications (In Press)

Borer, E.T, W.S. Harpole, P.B. Adler, M.N. Bugalho, M.W. Cadotte, M.C. Caldeira, M.S. Campana, A. Carlos-Albert, C.R. Dickman, T.L. Dickson, I. Donohue, A. Eskelinen, P.A. Fay, J.L. Firn, P.B. Graff, D.S. Gruner, R.W. Heckman, A.M. Koltz, K.J. Komatsu, L.S. Lannes, A.S. MacDougall, J.P. Martina, J.L. Moore, B. Mortensen, R. Ochoa-Hueso, H. Olde Venterink, S.A. Power, J.N. Price, A.C. Risch, M. Sankaran, M. Schütz, J. Sitters, C.J. Stevens, R. Virtanen, P.A. Wilfahrt, and E.W. Seabloom. 2020. Nutrients cause grassland biomass to outpace herbivory. Nature Communications 11: 6036. (link to pdf)

Siciliano-Martina, L.M. and J.P. Martina. 2020. Shifting barriers to the acceptance of evolution in an underrepresented student group. International Journal of Science Education 42: 2205-2223

Siciliano-Martina, L.M. and J.P. Martina. 2018. Stress and social behaviors of maternally-deprived captive giraffes (Giraffa camelopardalis). Zoo Biology 37: 80-89.

Batzer, E.E., J.P. Martina, K.J. Elgersma and D.E. Goldberg. 2017. Clonal plant allocation to daughter ramets is a simple function of parent size across species and nutrient levels. Plant Ecology 218: 1299-1311 DOI:

Goldberg, D.E., J.P. Martina, K.J. Elgersma, and W.S. Currie. 2017. Plant size and competitive dynamics along nutrient gradients. American Naturalist 190: 229-243.

Elgersma, K.J., J.P. Martina, W.S. Currie, and D.E. Goldberg. 2017. Effectiveness of cattail (Typha spp.) management techniques depends on exogenous nitrogen inputs. Elementa 5:19, DOI:

Martina, J.P., Currie, W.S., Goldberg, D.E., and K.L. Elgersma. 2016. Nitrogen loading leads to increased carbon accretion in both invaded and uninvaded coastal wetlands. Ecosphere 7(9): e01459.10.1002/ec2.1459.

Elgersma, K.J., Wildova, R., Martina, J.P., Currie, W.S. and D.E. Goldberg. 2015. Does clonal resource translocation relate to invasiveness of Typha taxa? Results from a common garden experiment. Aquatic Botany 126: 48-53.

Martina, J.P., Hamilton, S.K., Turetsky, M.R. and C.J. Phillippo. 2014. Organic matter stocks increase with degree of invasion in temperate inland wetlands. Plant and Soil 385: 107-123.

Currie, W.S., Goldberg, D.E., Martina, J.P., Wildova, R., Farrer, E., and K. Elgersma. 2014. Emergence of nutrient-cycling feedbacks related to plant size and invasion success in a wetland community-ecosystem model. Ecological Modelling 282: 69-82.

Martina, J.P. and C.N. von Ende. 2013. Increased spatial dominance in high nitrogen, saturated soil due to clonal architecture plasticity of the invasive wetland plant, Phalaris arundinacea. Plant Ecology 214: 1443-1453.

Martina, J.P. and C.N. von Ende. 2012. Highly plastic response in morphological and physiological traits to light, soil-N and moisture in the model invasive plant, Phalaris arundinacea. Environmental and Experimental Botany 82: 43-53.

Ball, B.A., Kominoski J.S., Adams, H.E., Jones, S.E., Kane, E.S., Loecke, T.D., Mahaney, W.M., Martina, J.P., Prather, C.M., Robinson, T.M.P., and C.T. Solomon. 2010. Direct and terrestrial vegetation-mediated effects of environmental change on aquatic ecosystem processes. Bioscience 60: 590-601.

Martina, J.P. and C.N. von Ende. 2008. Correlation of soil nutrient characteristics and reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea: Poaceae) abundance in northern Illinois, USA. American Midland Naturalist 160: 430-437.

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