Christopher M Martinez

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Assistant Professor, Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
School of Biological Sciences

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2014, Marine & Atmospheric Science
B.S., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2006, Aquatic Biology


University of California, Irvine
301 Steinhaus Hall|333 Steinhaus Hall
Mail Code: 2525
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Fish Evolution, Morphometrics, Biomechanics, Kinematics
2018-2021. Postdoctoral Researcher. Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis.

2016-2018. Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow. Department of Evolution and Ecology, UC Davis.

2014-2016. Gerstner Scholar & Lerner-Gray Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History
Research Abstract
My research interests are focused on studying the morphological diversity of fishes (i.e., what they look like) and understanding what it means for the way they function, move, and interact with their environments. I work at various scales of diversity, from detailed studies on individual species to large comparative research on the macroevolution of fishes.
Dunton KJ, Sparta K, Martinez CM, Frisk MG, Shipley ON. 2021. First observation of movement rates and repeated migration in a Western Atlantic torpedo ray (Tetronarce occidentalis, Storer, 1843) in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Northeast Naturalist. 28(2), N7-N14.

Martinez CM, Friedman ST, Corn KA, Larouche O, Price SA & Wainwright PC. 2021. The Deep Sea is a Hot Spot of Fish Body Shape Evolution. Ecology Letters.

Corn KA, Martinez CM, Burress ED & Wainwright PC. 2021. A multifunction trade-off has contrasting effects on the evolution of form and function. Systematic Biology. 70(4) 681-693.

Arroyave J, Martinez CM, Martínez-Oriol FH, Sosa E & Alter SE. 2021. Regional-scale aquifer hydrogeology as a driver of phylogeographic structure in the Neotropical catfish Rhamdia guatemalensis (Siluriformes: Heptapteridae) from cenotes of the Yucatán Peninsula, Mexico. Freshwater Biology. 66, 332-348.

Larouche O, Benton B, Corn KA, Friedman ST, Gross D, Iwan M, Kessler B, Martinez CM, Rodriguez S, Whelpley H, Wainwright PC & Price SA. 2020. Reef-associated fishes have more maneuverable body shapes at a macroevolutionary scale. Coral Reefs. 39, 1427-1439.

Friedman ST, Price SA, Corn KA, Larouche O, Martinez CM & Wainwright PC. 2020. Body shape diversification along the benthic-pelagic axis in marine fishes. Proceedings of the Royal Society B. 287, 20201053.

Burress ED, Martinez CM & Wainwright PC. 2020. Decoupled Jaws Promote Trophic Diversity in Cichlid Fishes. Evolution. 74(5), 950-961.

Price SA, Larouche O, Friedman ST, Corn KA, Wainwright PC & Martinez CM. 2020. A CURE for a major challenge in phenomics: a practical guide to implementing a quantitative specimen-based undergraduate research experience. Integrative Organismal Biology. 2(1), obaa004.

Barley AJ, Diesmos AC, Siler CD, Martinez CM & Brown RM. 2020. Taxonomic revision of Philippine sun skinks (Reptilia: Squamata: Scincidae: Eutropis), and descriptions of eight new species. Herpetological Monographs. 34, 39-70.

Martinez CM & Wainwright PC. 2019. Extending the Geometric Approach for Studying Biomechanical Motions. Integrative & Comparative Biology. 59(3), 684-695.

Martinez CM, Kao B, Sparks JS & Wainwright PC. 2019. Pectoral dimorphism is a pervasive feature of skate diversity and offers insight into their evolution. Integrative Organismal Biology. 1(1), obz012, 1-14.

Price SA, Friedman ST, Corn KA, Martinez CM, Larouche O & Wainwright PC. 2019. Building a body shape morphospace of teleostean fishes. Integrative & Comparative Biology. 59(3), 716-730.

Friedman ST, Martinez CM, Price SA & Wainwright PC. 2019. The influence of size on body shape diversification across Indo-Pacific reef fishes. Evolution. 73(4), 1873-1884.

Frisk MG, Shipley ON, Martinez CM, McKown KA, Zacharias JP & Dunton KJ. 2019. First observations of long-distance migration in a large skate species, Leucoraja ocellata: Implications for population connectivity, ecosystem dynamics, and management. Marine and Coastal Fisheries. 11(2), 202-212.

Arroyave J, Martinez CM & Stiassny MLJ. 2019. DNA barcoding uncovers remarkable cryptic diversity in the African long-finned tetra Bryconalestes longipinnis (Günther 1864) (Alestidae: Characiformes). Journal of Fish Biology. 95, 379-392.

Martinez CM, McGee MD, Borstein SR & Wainwright PC. 2018. Feeding Ecology Underlies the Evolution of Cichlid Jaw Mobility. Evolution. 72(8), 1645-1655.

Martinez CM & Sparks JS. 2017. Malagasy cichlids differentially limit impacts of body shape evolution on oral jaw functional morphology. Evolution. 71(9), 2219-2229.

Martinez CM & Stiassny MLJ. 2017. Can and eel be a flatfish? Observations on enigmatic asymmetrical heterenchelyid eels from the Guinea Coast of West Africa. Journal of Fish Biology. 91, 673-678.

Martinez CM, Duplisea DE, Cerrato RM & Frisk MG. 2017. Exploration of trends in interspecific abundance-occupancy relationships using empirically derived simulated communities. PLoS ONE. 12(1), e0170816.

Martinez CM, Rohlf FJ & Frisk MG. 2016. Re-Evaluation of batoid pectoral morphology reveals novel patterns of diversity among major lineages. Journal of Morphology. 277(4), 482-493.

Martinez CM, Rohlf FJ & Frisk MG. 2016. Sexual dimorphism in sister species of Leucoraja skate and its relationship to reproductive strategy and life history. Evolution & Development. 18(2), 105-115.

Dunton K, Jordaan A, Secor D, Martinez CM, Kehler T, Hattala K, van Eenennam J, Fisher M, McKown K, Conover DO & Frisk M. 2016. Age and growth of Atlantic sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus, in the New York Bight. North American Journal of Fisheries Management. 36, 62-73.

O'Leary SJ, Martinez CM, Bauman H, Abercrombie D, Conover DO, Poulakis GR, Murray CH, Feldheim KA & Chapman DD. 2016. Population genetics and geometric morphometrics of Key silversides, Menidia conchorum, a marine fish in a highly fragmented inland habitat. Bulletin of Marine Science. 92(1), 33-50.

Martinez CM, Arroyave J & Sparks JS. 2015. A new species of Ptychochromis from southeastern Madagascar (Teleostei: Cichlidae). Zootaxa. 4044, 79-92.

Bergsma GS & Martinez CM. 2011. Mutualist induced morphological changes enhance growth and survival of corals. Marine Biology. 158, 2267-2277.
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