Kathy Martin

Dr. Kathy Martin


Dr. Kathy Martin is a Professor in the Forestry Faculty at the University of British Columbia, and a Senior Research Scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada. Dr. Martin conducts research on the ecology and conservation of birds in forest, mountain and grassland ecosystems in North and South America. Her current research themes involve the ecology of birds breeding in mountain areas and their abilities to cope with climate variability, and also the population and community responses of forest birds, especially cavity nesting vertebrates to local and large-scale disturbances. Dr. Martin established The Centre for Alpine Studies (UBC) that provides information on ecology and conservation for high elevation ecosystems. Kathy is a Past President of the Society of Canadian Ornithologists, and current President-Elect of the American Ornithological Society.


Kathy Martin est professeure à la faculté de foresterie de l’Université de Colombie-Britannique et chercheuse principale à Environnement et Changement climatique Canada. Dr Martin mène des recherches sur l’écologie et la conservation des oiseaux dans les écosystèmes forestiers, montagneux et herbagers en Amérique du Nord et du Sud. Ses thèmes de recherche actuels concernent l’écologie des oiseaux qui se reproduisent dans les zones montagneuses et leur capacité à faire face à la variabilité climatique, ainsi que les réactions des populations et des communautés des oiseaux forestiers, en particulier les vertébrés nicheurs aux perturbations locales et à grande échelle. Dr Martin a créé le Centre d’études alpines (UBC) qui fournit des informations sur l’écologie et la conservation des écosystèmes de haute altitude. Kathy est une ancienne présidente de la Society of Canadian Ornithologists et l’actuelle présidente élue de l’American Ornithological Society.

 Featured Research Summaries/ Résumés de recherche en vedette

High Elevation Habitats Are Important to North American Migrant Birds

What makes Wildlife in Alpine Habitats Special? 

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Patterns and drivers of intraspecific variation in avian life history along elevational gradients: a meta-analysis
Boyle, W. A., B. K. Sandercock, K. Martin
BiologicalReviews 91: 469-482 (2016)

Expansion of subalpine woody vegetation over 40 years on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada
Jackson, M. M., E. Topp, S. E. Gergel, K. Martin, F. Pirotti, T. Sitzia
Canadian J. Forest Research, 46: 437-443 (2016)

Nest-site selection and consequences for nest survival among three sympatric songbirds in an alpine environment
MacDonald, E.C. A. F. Camfield, M. Martin, Scott Wilson, and K. Martin
Journal of Ornithology 157: 393-405 (2016)

The conservation value of high elevation habitats to North American migrant birds
Boyle, W.A., and K. Martin
Biological Conservation 192: 461-476 (2015)  

Effects of climate change on habitat availability and configuration for an endemic coastal bird
Jackson, M. M., S. E. Gergel, and K. Martin. 2015. . PLoS ONE 10(11): e0142110. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0142110

Citizen science and field survey observations provide comparable results for mapping Vancouver Island White-tailed Ptarmigan (Lagopus leucura saxatilis) distributions
Jackson, M. M., S. E. Gergel, and K. Martin
Biological Conservation 181: 162-172 (2015)

Avian Strategies for living at high elevation: life-history variation and coping mechanisms in mountain habitats
Martin, K
 Ibis  (2014)

An alpine-breeding songbird can adjust dawn incubation rhythms to annual thermal regimes
MacDonald, E.C., A. F. Camfield, J. E. Jankowski, and K. Martin
The Auk 131: 495-506 (2014)

The Ecological Values of Mountain Environments and Wildlife,
Martin, K
In: The Impacts of Skiing and Related Winter Recreational Activities on Mountain Environments, Bentham Publishers, 3-29 (2013)

Citizen science helps an alpine specialist
Jackson, M. and K. Martin 
Branchlines, Forestry, University of British Columbia, Issue 25 (1) (Mar 2014)