Mathieu Basille
Clément Calenge
Jodie Martin
Bram van Moorter
Vincent Tolon
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Jodie Martin

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I completed my PhD degree at the University of Lyon (Lab "Biometry and Evolutionary Biology", France), under the direction of   and   from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) in 2009. My work has focused on spatial ecology of European brown bear (Ursus arctos), from individual movements to population distribution in the context of multiple-use landscapes. My work had both theoretical (in movement ecology and space use) and applied components (in conservation ecology and management).

During my postdoctoral position at the university of the Witwatersrand, School of Animal, Plant and Environmental Sciences (APES), I have been working with   on Spatial Ecology of large African herbivores. I focused on bottom-up and top-down influences on their fine-scale movements.

During my postdoctoral position at the Office Natinale de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS) in the small sedentary plain fauna unit, I worked with  ,   from the Biometry and Evolutive Biologie lab (LBBE) at the University Lyon 1, and   from the Biometry and Evolutive Biologie lab (LBBE) at the University Lyon 1, on dispersal in a social species, the European rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus), in a semi natural population where rabbit movements between social groups were monitored using electronic device.

During my postdoctoral position at the National Institute of Agronomic Research (INRA) in the Wild Ungulate unit, I worked with   on Spatial Ecology of roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) in a multiple-use landscape. I developed dynamic connectivity maps at the population scale and investigateed fine-scale response to environmental features and anthropogenic activities.

During my postdoctoral position at the Office Natinale de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage (ONCFS) in the Behaviour and Ecology of Wildlife unit, I worked with   on red deer (Cervus elaphus) migration in European landscapes. I investigated drivers of seasonal movements of red deer in five european populations, including both long-distance migration and simple home-range shifts strategies in a common framework, to test the hypothesis of a behavioural continuum between these two strategies.

Area of focus

Research interests

My research focus on the understanding of movements and habitat selection of large mammals at different spatial and temporal scales. In particular, I'm interested in coupling movement and habitat selection to gain insights into behavioral processes involved in habitat selection. I aim at relating fine-scale processes to large scale distribution patterns.

On a more applied point of view, habitat selection is an important field of conservation biology. With the constant increase of human impact on wildlife habitat (e.g. fragmentation of habitats, modification of habitat), conservationists and managers need to get insights into habitat requirements of wildlife in human disturbed landscapes. I am particularly interested in studying the impact of human on wildlife habitats and its consequences, and in developing approaches for spacially explicit habitat models for conservation purposes.

Postdoctoral projects

Postdoctoral project 4

Identifying the proximal causes of migration movements is a necessary step to better understand animal response to climate change and implement better conservation strategies. The objective of this postdoctoral project was to investigate the environmental drivers of seasonal movements in five partially migratory populations of red deer in Europe. This study aimed to (1) identify the scale of environmental drivers of seasonal movements on the migration – residency behavior continuum and to (2) test the hypothesis that the same environmental drivers and spatio-temporal scaling should influence spatial processes in both migrants (long distance migration) and residents (short distance range shift).

Postdoctoral project 3

Routine movements of large herbivores, often considered as ecosystem engineers, impact key ecological processes. Functional landscape connectivity for such species influences the spatial distribution of associated ecological services and disservices.The objective of this postdoctoral project was two-fold: (1) to develop dynamic habitat connectivity maps for roe deer in the Aurignac (France) population, that account for variation of environmental conditions and anthropogenic activities. The second objective (2) was to quantify variations of habitat selection behaviour at the individual scale and determine their causes. The results led to a better understanding of habitat connectivity for roe deer, insights that will eventually be implemented to study the influence of roe deer on tick abundance in the landscape.

Postdoctoral project 2

Dispersal is a three step process: departure from home-range (emigration), travel and exploration of the environment and settlement in a new area (immigration). In social species, the dispersal process includes a social component as individuals have to be integrated in a new social group.The objective of this postdoctoral project was to develop a general, probabilistic method to characterize the two first steps of dispersal in social species, i.e. modelling the departure and change in social groups at a fine spatio-temporal scale. We developed the method on a semi-natural population of European rabbits (Oryctolagus cuniculus), where rabbit movements between social groups were monitored using electronic device.

Postdoctoral project 1

This postdoctoral project lied within the broad context of identifying the determinants of population decline of less common herbivore species in the Kruger National Park, and in particular, the influence of resources and predation.

The more specific aim of the project was to investigate processes driving movement behaviour and space use by comparing 4 species of large African herbivores: common species (the wildebeest Connochaetes taurinus, the buffalo Syncerus caffer and the zebra Equus burchelli) and a declining species (the Sable antelope Hyppotragus niger). Both of these species are large grazers, but they differ in their herd sizes. While buffalo move in large herds numbering 100-500 individuals, wildebeest occur in much smaller herds typically numbering 15-30 animals, sable antelopes in herds of 10-20 individuals and zebra in herds numbering 6-10 individuals.

This contrast is expected to lead to fundamental differences in their movement rates, residence times in particular patches, and return times to previously exploited patches. Resource use by different herbivore species raises exciting questions on behavioural processes underlying habitat selection. Herbivores exploit different vegetation types with varying selectivity which vary according to species and may rely on the capacity to stay longer in high profitable place and/or come back more frequently on such places (Owen-Smith et al. 2015a and Owen-Smith et al. 2015b. The equilibrium between these 2 possibilities being imposed by relative productivity and regenerating capacities of these places and herd size influences. My postdoc project therefore aimed at comparing movements processes of different herbivore species (Martin et al. 2015; Martin et al. 2016 - In press - and Traill et al. 2016 - In press -) to identify behavioural decision rules involved, and to relate fine-scale movement processes to seasonal home-ranges.


In my thesis (pdf available here), I studied habitat selection and movement ecology of brown bear at different spatial scales and mainly in two European populations (Scandinavian and Pyreneean populations). These populations have very different conservation statuses and are distributed in contrasting landscapes, differentially impacted by anthropogenic pressure. The Scandinavian population is now expanding and reached more than 3000 individuals in 2009. The population is located in a heavily managed boreal forest, with important forest logging and associated road network. The Pyrenean population is still threaten to extinction with an estimated number of 20 individuals only, divided in three isolated groups.

The objectives of my thesis were, for the Scandinavian population, to assess the influence of habitat types and anthropogenic structures on bear habitat selection and movement at fine spatial and temporal scales (Martin et al. 2010 and Martin et al. 2013) to understand how expanding human infrastructures and activity influence bear behaviour, to be able to anticipate potential conflicts between humans and this large carnivores.

Concerning the Pyrenean population, the objective was to assess and quantify suitables habitats for bears at the population level to identify areas that should be protected or areas for potential new release of individuals. I therefore developped a new approach combining large- and fine-scale resolution spatially explicit habitat models for bears in Pyrenees (Martin et al. 2012).

I have also been working on more methodological considerations, the use of autocorelation in habitat selection studies (Martin et al. 2008, Martin et al. 2009).

Publication list

Peer-reviewed articles

  1. Martin J., Tolon V., Morellet N., Santin-Janin H., Licoppe A., Fischer C., Bombois J., Patthey P., Pesenti E., Chenesseau D. & Saïd S. Common drivers of seasonal movements in partially migratory populations of a large herbivore. Scientific Reports, 8:7631 doi:10.1038/s41598-018-25777-y
  2. Martin J., Vourch’H G., Bonnot N., Cargnelutti B., Chaval Y., Lourtet B., Goulard M., Hoch T., Plantard O., Hewison A.J.M. & Morellet N. 2018. Temporal shifts in landscape connectivity for an ecosystem engineer across a multiple-use landscape. Landscape Ecology, online first. .
  3. Martin J. & Owen-Smith N. 2016. Habitat selectivity influences the reactive responses of African ungulates to encounters with lions. Animal Behaviour, 116:163-170. doi:10.1016/j.anbehav.2016.04.003.
  4. Traill L.W., Martin J. & Owen-Smith N. 2016. Lion proximity, not moon phase, affects the nocturnal movement behaviour of zebra and wildebeest. Journal of Zoology, 299:221-227. doi:10.1111/jzo.12343.
  5. Owen-Smith N. & Martin J. 2015. Identifying space use at foraging arena scale within the home ranges of large herbivores. PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0128821.[manuscript]
  6. Owen-Smith N., Martin J. & Yoganand K. 2015. Spatially nested niche partitioning between syntopic grazers at foraging arena scale within overlapping home ranges. Ecosphere, 6(9):152.[manuscript]
  7. Martin J., Benhamou S., Yoganand K. & Owen-Smith N. 2015. Coping with spatial heterogeneity and temporal variability in resources and risks: adaptive movement behaviour by a large grazing herbivore. PLoS ONE 10(2): e0118461. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0118461. [manuscript]
  8. Nawaz M.A., Martin J. & Swenson J. E. 2014. Identifying key habitats to conserve the threatened brown bear in the Himalaya. Biological Conservation, 170:198-206. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2013.12.031.
  9. Martin, J., B. Rey, J.-B. Pons, E. Natoli & Pontier D. 2013. Movements and space use of feral cats in Kerguelen archipelago: a pilot study with GPS data. Polar Biology, 36:1531-1536. doi:10.1007/s00300-013-1365-x .
  10. Basille B., van Moorter B., Herfindal I., Martin J., Linnell J.D.C., Odden J., Andersen R. & Gaillard J.-M. 2013. Selecting habitat to survive: the impact of road density on survival in a large carnivore. PLoS ONE 8(7): e65493. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0065493.
  11. Martin J., Van Moorter B., Revilla E., Blanchard P., Dray S., Quenette P.-Y., Allainé D. & Swenson J. E. 2013. Reciprocal modulation of internal and external factors determines individual movements. Journal of Animal Ecology, 82:290-300. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2656.2012.02038.x.
  12. Martin J., Revilla E., Quenette P.-Y., Naves J., Allainé D. & Swenson J. E. 2012. Brown bear habitat suitability in the Pyrenees: transferrability across sites and linking scales to make the most of scarce data. Journal of Applied Ecology, 49(3):621-631. [manuscript]
  13. Tolon, V., J. Martin, S. Dray, A. Loison C. Fischer & E. Baubet. 2012. Predator-prey spatial game as a tool to understand the effects of protected areas on harvester-wildlife interactions. Ecological Applications, 22(2):648-657. [manuscript]
  14. Martin, J., M. Basille, J. Kindberg, B. Van Moorter, D. Allainé & J.E. Swenson. 2010. Coping with human disturbance: spatial and temporal tactics of brown bear. Canadian Journal of Zoology, 88: 875-883. [manuscript]
  15. Martin, J., C. Calenge, P.-Y. Quenette & D. Allainé. 2008. Importance of movement constraints in habitat selection studies. Ecological Modelling 213:257-262. [manuscript]
  16. Nellemann, C., O.-G. Stoen, J. Kindberg, J. E. Swenson, I. Vistnes, G. Ericsson, J. Katajisto, B. P. Kaltenborn, J. Martin & A. Ordiz. 2007. Terrain use by an expanding brown bear population in relation to age, resorts and human settlements. Biological Conservation 138:157-165.[manuscript]

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[last update: 2018/05/16]