2015 – Present: Postdoctoral Fellow - German Research Foundation (DFG)
Project Title: The evolution of symbioses in firebugs (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae)
Johannes Gutenberg University – Mainz, Germany
Department of Evolutionary Ecology (Lab PI: Dr. Martin Kaltenpoth)
Institute for Organismic and Molecular Evolutionary Biology
2009 – 2015: PhD Research and Teaching Assistantship
Project Title: Pea aphids, parasitoids, and protective symbionts: examining sources of variation in a host-parasitoid-microbe interaction
University of Georgia – Athens, Georgia
Department of Entomology (Lab PI: Dr. Kerry M. Oliver)
2007 – 2009: Undergraduate Curatorial Assistant / NSF Sponsored REU
Project Titles: Carabid beetles of the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest / High-resolution imaging and online catalog of North American cicadas
Oregon State University – Corvallis, Oregon
Oregon State Arthropod Collection (PI: Dr. Christopher J. Marshall)
2016-‘18 Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) Postdoc Fellowship - €207,288 (Current Funding)
2016-‘18 Alexander von Humboldt Postdoc Research Fellowship - €82,800 non-taxed (Awarded- Declined)
2015-‘17 USDA NIFA Postdoc Research Fellowship - $123,237 (Awarded- Declined)
2015 University of Georgia Entomology Outstanding PhD Student Award - $500
2015 University of Georgia Graduate Student Spotlight
2014 2nd Place: Ent. Soc. America National Meeting Student 10 Minute Paper Competition - $50
2014 1st Place: Ent. Soc. America Southeastern Branch Student 10 Minute Paper Competition - $500
2009-‘15 UGA Entomology Graduate Research Fellowship – Full tuition and monthly stipend
2008 NSF Sponsored REU for the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, OSU - $1,500
2008 Oregon Opportunity Grant, Oregon State University - $2,000
2008 A. L. Strand Memorial Scholarship, Oregon State University - $1,000
2008 DeLoach Work Scholarship, Oregon State University - $1,500
2007-‘08 SMART Grant, Oregon State University - $4,000
2005-‘09 Diversity Achievement Scholarship, Oregon State University - $4,000
Martinez AJ, Kaltenpoth M. 2017. Biology and microbial partners of the Namibian Welwitschia bug. Oral presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Denver, Colorado.
Martinez AJ, Kaltenpoth M. 2017. Biology and microbial partners of the Welwitschia bug, Probergrothius angolensis. Poster presentation: Gordon Research Conference on Animal-Microbe Symbioses. West Dover, Vermont.
Martinez AJ, Kaltenpoth M. 2016. The evolution and functional roles of bacterial symbionts in firebugs (Hemiptera: Pyrrhocoridae). Oral presentation: International Congress of Entomology. Orlando, Florida.
Martinez AJ, Oliver KM. 2015. Specialization of aphid defenses and potential effects on natural enemy composition. Invited Oral presentation: ESA North Central Branch. Manhattan, Kansas.
Martinez AJ, Oliver KM. 2014. Specialization of aphid- and symbiont-based resistance against two parasitic wasps. Oral presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Portland, Oregon. (2nd place)
Martinez AJ, Oliver KM. 2014. Variability in aphid susceptibility to a parasitoid. Oral presentation: Entomological Society of America Southeastern Branch Meeting. Greenville, South Carolina. (1st place)
Martinez AJ, Oliver KM. 2012. Fitness effects of parasitism on aphids infected with a defensive symbiont. Poster presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Knoxville, Tennessee.
Martinez AJ, Oliver KM. 2011. Effects of Parasitism on a Defensive Symbiosis. Oral presentation: Entomological Society of America Annual Meeting. Reno, Nevada.
Namibia, Southern Africa April 4-25 2017
I Collected and recorded GPS coordinates of Welwitschia bugs (Probergrothius angolensis) and other pentatomorphan Hemiptera across different host plants and 13 collection locations for microbial community and population genetic analyses. Required about 3,000 miles (~5,000 km) of total travel around the northern half of Namibia.
Hawaii, USA March 3-15 2015
Traveled with Dr. Luis Cayetano-Simmari (Primary investigator, UC Berkeley) in order to help him identify and collect aphids and other Sternorryhncha for his study on the diversity of facultative symbionts in native and invasive species on the Hawaiian islands. We surveyed 18 collection locations on the islands of Maui and Moloka’i.
Wisconsin, USA September 16-19 2013
With the aid of Dr. Anthony Ives and his lab at the University of Wisconsin, I used sweep-netting to capture and sort arthropods from 3 alfalfa agricultural plots near Madison, WI. I used a combination of identification keys and COI barcoding to identify insects present in the community. Dr. Vilas Patel (University of Georgia) is using this data to study the microbial communities of arthropods in complex food webs.