Lucas Pereira Martins

Studying towards a PhD in Ecology
Macroecological patterns in plant-frugivore networks.

Location: Julius von Haast 332
Country of origin: Brazil
"I am an ecologist broadly interested in species diversity and interactions. My research mostly examines the effects of environmental changes on ecological networks, and how this reflects on ecosystem functioning."


Primary Supervisor: Jason Tylianakis

Research Interests

My research interests include:

  • Ecological networks
  • Species interactions
  • Macroecology
  • Ecological modelling
  • Seed dispersal

Working thesis title

Macroecological patterns in plant-frugivore networks.

Academic History

BSc Biological Sciences (Federal University of Maranhão)

MSc - Ecology and Evolution (Federal University of Goiás)

Phd - Ecology (University of Canterbury; 2019-)


Selected ​Publications:

Martins et al. (2021). Global and regional ecological boundaries drive abrupt changes in avian frugivory interactions. bioRxiv

Martins et al. (2020). The effect of species composition dissimilarity on plant-herbivore network structure is not consistent over time. Biotropica

Martins et al. (2019). Trophic level and host specialisation affect beta‐diversity in plant–herbivore–parasitoid assemblages. Insect Conservation and Diversity