Roberta Martin

Associate Professor
TEMPE Campus


Robin Martin is an associate professor of geography in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning. Martin’s research incorporates field and laboratory studies of trees and corals with aircraft- and satellite-based maps to understand the biodiversity and health of forests and reefs. Martin works to collect and study foliar properties from over 13,000 plant canopies, accounting for more than half the canopy tree flora of the global tropics, and has made many discoveries about evolutionary, phylogenetic and environmental controls on plant biochemistry and physiological functioning of forests.

Martin continues to work on developing the remote sensing – biodiversity linkages that help us to understand fundamental processes in reefs to aid in conservation and management decisions.

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