Martin is a Scientist at the MBA and Professor of Ocean Ecology at the University of Plymouth. He has over 15 years experience in research and his primary research interest is on climate/ environmental change impacts on marine ecosystems. He and his colleagues were some of the first to demonstrate marine biodiversity distributional and phenological changes and whole ecosystem regime shifts in response to climate change. He has written over 150 publications including peer-reviewed papers, book chapters and policy related reports and assessments.
As well as contributing to high level science he has considerable knowledge in transferring science into policy and was instrumental in bringing an applied ecological indicator to monitoring the marine environment which has subsequently been widely adopted. He was a contributing author for the IPCC 4th Assessment Report on 'Changes in marine ecosystems and fisheries' and more recently acted as a contributing editor for the IPCC 5th Assessment Report on marine bio-geography and Harmful Algal Blooms and climate change. He received an Inspiration Award in Ecosystem Science from the University of Oslo in 2012 in recognition of his contribution to the understanding of regime shifts on marine ecosystems and was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to all IPCC authors.