Professor Martine is the David Burpee Chair in Plant Genetics & Research, and the Director of the Manning Herbarium.

I am a biodiversity scientist with a particular focus on plants, especially the ecology and evolution of plant reproduction. Much of my work has been in the plant family Solanaceae, including more than a decade looking into the unusual breeding systems of the genus Solanum in northern Australia through a combination of field studies and molecular phylogenetics. My broad interests in natural history have also kept me rooted in my home region, the northeastern US, where I have engaged in field-based studies with students and colleagues.

It is my opinion that one key to stemming the tide of biodiversity loss is producing outreach materials that are effective in generating public interest in what we do and the organisms we study. To that end, I am developing a web-based program called "Plants Are Cool, Too!" — and am on the look-out for plants (and their researchers) to highlight. (Watch episodes from "Plants Are Cool, Too!")

I am currently seeking undergraduate, Master's-level, and post-doctoral collaborators. Drop me an email if you would like to discuss potential opportunities in my lab.

Find out what it's like to be a student working in the Martine Lab:

Educational Background

  • B.S. Natural Resource Management, Cook College, Rutgers University, 1996
  • M.S. Ecology and Evolution, Rutgers University, 2001
  • Ph.D. Botany, University of Connecticut, 2006

Honors and Awards

  • New England Biolabs Passion in Science Award, 2016
  • Dennis M. Fenton Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award, Rutgers University, 2016
  • Innovations in Plant Systematics Education Prize (IPSEP), American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2014
  • David T. Scadden Faculty Scholar Award, Bucknell University, 2013
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, State University of New York, 2011
  • Charles Edwin Bessey Teaching Award, Botanical Society of America, 2010
  • George R. Cooley Award, American Society of Plant Taxonomists, 2005

Research Interests

  • Plant reproductive ecology and evolution
  • Plant systematics and molecular phylogenetics
  • Invasive plant biology
  • Pollination and seed dispersal
  • Floristic projects such as field guides, floras and keys

Selected Publications


Martine, C.T., J.T. Cantley, E.S. Frawley, A.R. Butler, I.E. Jordon-Thaden. 2016. New functionally dioecious bush tomato from northwestern Australia, Solanum ossicruentum, may utilize "trample burr" dispersal. PhytoKeys 63: 19-29 doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.63.7743

Cantley J.T., D. Frohlich, C.T. Martine. 2016. Multiple records of monoecy and leakiness in dioecious taxa of Hawaiian Coprosma spp. (Rubiaceae). Records of the Hawaiian Biological Survey: Bishop Museum Occasional Papers 118: 9-12.

Martine, C.T., A.J. Boni, E.A. Capaldi, G.E. Lionheart, and I.E. Jordon-Thaden. 2016. Evidence of rock kangaroo seed dispersal via fecal seed storage in a tropical monsoon community. Northern Territory Naturalist 27: 68-77.

Monfils, A.K., K.E. Powers, C. Marshall, C.T. Martine, J.F. Smith, and L.A. Prather. Accepted. Natural history collections: Teaching about biodiversity across time, space, and digital platforms. Southeastern Naturalist (special issue).

Martine, C.T., E.S. Frawley, J.T. Cantley and I.E. Jordon-Thaden. 2016. Solanum watneyi, a new bush tomato species from the Northern Territory, Australia named for Mark Watney of the book and film "The Martian." PhytoKeys 61: 1-13. doi: 10.3897/phytokeys.61.6995

Martine, C.T., S.F. Langdon, T. Shearman, C. Binggeli and T. Mihuc. 2015. European frogbit (Hydrocharis morsus-ranae) in the Champlain/Adirondack Region: Recent inferences. Rhodora 117(972): 499-504.

Martine, C.T. and A.S. Hale. 2015. Parasitism disruption a likely consequence of belowground war waged by exotic plant invader. American Journal of Botany 102:1-2.

Martine, C.T. 2014. Teaching is a powerful credential. Science Careers 3/24/14 

Martine, C.T., D.E. Symon and E. Evans. 2013. A new cryptically dioecious species of bush tomato (Solanum) from the Northern Territory, Australia. PhytoKeys 30: 23-32.

Martine, C.T. and M. Ward. 2013. Establishment of new regional herbarium leads to more than 200 new flora atlas records for New York State. Journal of the Torrey Botanical Society 140(1): 125-131.

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Martine, C.T. and E. Quarta. 2012. Exotic Elsholtzia ciliata (Lamiaceae) abundant in the Ausable River Delta. Rhodora 114 (959): 334-336.

Edelstein, E. and C.T. Martine. 2012. Status of Streptopus amplexifolius (Liliaceae) in Clinton County, NY. Rhodora 114 (959): 331-333.

Martine, C.T., E. Lavoie*, N.L. Tippery, F.D. Vogt, and D.H. Les. 2011. Solanum from Litchfield National Park is a relative of S. dioicum. Northern Territory Naturalist 23: 29-38.

Leiva Gonzalez, L., F. Farruggia, E.J. Tepe and C.T. Martine. 2010. Browallia sandrae (Solanaceae) a new species from Cajamarca Departamento, Peru. Arnoldoa 17(2).

Martine, C.T. 2011. Market botany: A plant biodiversity lab module. Plant Science Bulletin 57(2).

Martine, C.T., G.J. Anderson, and D.H. Les. 2009. Gender-bending aubergines: Molecular phylogenetics of cryptically dioecious Solanum in Australia. Australian Systematic Botany 22: 107-120.

Martine, C.T., S.A. Leicht-Young, P.M. Herron, and A.M. Latimer. 2008. Fifteen woody species with potential for invasiveness in New England. Rhodora 110: 345-353.

Martine, C.T. and G.J. Anderson. 2007. Dioecy, pollination, and seed dispersal in Australian spiny Solanum. VIth International Solanaceae Conference: Acta Horticulturae 745: 269-283.


Martine, C.T. and R.A. Figley. 2007. Shrubs and Vines of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic States. Second Edition. New Jersey Forest Service, NJDEP: Jackson, NJ.

Martine, C.T., R.A. Figley and A. Hansens. 2007. Trees of New Jersey and the Mid-Atlantic States. Sixth Edition. New Jersey Forest Service, NJDEP: Jackson, NJ.

Martine Lab Group

Lab Associates, 2016-2017

Chris Bidlack '18
Jae Cantley, Postdoctoral Fellow
Nic Diaz '17
Ericson Etienne '20
Emma Frawley '17
Stephanie Harper '19
Dan Hayes '18
Jenna Hosker '20
Mae Lacey '18
Nathan Luftman '17
Jackie Ndem '17
Gabrielle Petruso '19

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Dr. Martine at the edge of the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, southern Kimberley, Western Australia.

Dr. Martine at the edge of the Wolfe Creek Meteorite Crater, southern Kimberley, Western Australia.


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