Dr Martin Breed

  • 1523 Citations
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Dr Breed is a scholar of ecosystem health, restoration ecology, and genomics. He pioneers the integration of genomics and health into restoration ecology. He leads an integrated team under two initiatives: The Healthy Urban Microbiome Initiative (HUMI) and the Frontiers of Restoration Ecology (FORE) group.

FORE is dedicated to improving restoration success through innovation, for the benefit of the natural world and society alike. We recognise that our planet is rapidly changing and believe that to respond, we need solutions based on cutting-edge science. Examples of his work under FORE include redefining the study of gene flow and mating systems of plants in fragmented landscapes. This led to the global revision of seed sourcing strategies for restoration under global change. His research on mixing local seeds with those from non-local origins explores improving restoration outcomes under global change. His research has influenced the guidelines by which seeds for restoration projects are collected and the way restoration work is conducted at local, national and international levels.

HUMI seeks to understand and recreate the immune-boosting power of high quality, biodiverse green spaces in our cities to maximise population health benefits, bring significant savings to health budgets, while delivering gains for biodiversity. At the recent UN Biodiversity Conference in Egypt (COP14; November 2018), Martin signed an MOU with the Secretariat of the UN Convention of Biological Diversity (CBD) agreeing to work in partnership with the CBD on the linkages between biodiversity and health, via the microbiome pathway.

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Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Adelaide

Award Date: 1 Feb 2013

Master of Science, Uppsala University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2008

Bachelor of Science, James Cook University

Award Date: 1 Dec 2006

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A soil archaeal community responds to a decade of ecological restoration

Yan, D., Gellie, N. J. C., Mills, J. G., Connell, G., Bissett, A., Lowe, A. J. & Breed, M. F., 1 Jan 2020, In : RESTORATION ECOLOGY. 28, 1, p. 63-72 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 1 Citation (Scopus)

    Characterising the soil fungal microbiome in metropolitan green spaces across a vegetation biodiversity gradient

    Baruch, Z., Liddicoat, C., Laws, M., Marker, K., Morelli, H., Yan, D., Young, J. & Breed, M. F., Oct 2020, In : Fungal Ecology. 47, 29 p., 100939.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Ecosystem restoration: a public health intervention

    Breed, M. F., Cross, A. T., Wallace, K., Bradby, K., Flies, E., Goodwin, N., Jones, M., Orlando, L., Skelly, C., Weinstein, P. & Aronson, J., 23 Jun 2020, In : EcoHealth. 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

  • Exposure to greenspaces could reduce the high global burden of pain

    Stanhope, J., Breed, M. F. & Weinstein, P., Aug 2020, In : Environmental Research. 187, 10 p., 109641.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

  • Genetic diversity targets and indicators in the CBD post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework must be improved

    Hoban, S., Bruford, M., D'Urban Jackson, J., Lopes-Fernandes, M., Heuertz, M., Hohenlohe, P. A., Paz-Vinas, I., Sjögren-Gulve, P., Segelbacher, G., Vernesi, C., Aitken, S., Bertola, L. D., Bloomer, P., Breed, M., Rodríguez-Correa, H., Funk, W. C., Grueber, C. E., Hunter, M. E., Jaffe, R., Liggins, L. & 11 others, Mergeay, J., Moharrek, F., O’Brien, D., Ogden, R., Palma-Silva, C., Pierson, J., Ramakrishnan, U., Simo-Droissart, M., Tani, N., Waits, L. & Laikre, L., Aug 2020, In : Biological Conservation. 248, 108654.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)


    Bradshaw Medal

    Breed, Martin (Recipient), 2020


  • Outstanding Early Career Alumnus

    Breed, Martin (Recipient), 2016

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Activities

    • 3 Membership of committee
    • 2 Editorial work
    • 1 Membership of board

    WHO Interagency Liaison Group on Biodiversity and Health (External organisation)

    Martin Breed (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    EcoHealth (Journal)

    Martin Breed (Member of editorial board)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial work

    Australian Microbiome Initiative (External organisation)

    Martin Breed (Member)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    The Group on Earth Observations Biodiversity Observation Network (External organisation)

    Martin Breed (Member)

    2018 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee

    IUCN Species Survival Commission (External organisation)

    Martin Breed (Member)

    2016 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of board