The University of Sheffield
Department of Animal and Plant Sciences

Dr Stephen Martin

Dr Stephen Martin

Dr Stephen Martin FRES, DSC

Tel +44 (0) 114 222 0143
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email : s.j.martin@sheffield.ac.uk

Website: (To be available shortly)

Key Research Interests

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Understanding the complex chemical communication systems in insects, in particular the mechanisms that encode species and nestmate recognition in ants, hornets and bees.
Parasitology and epidemiology of diseases and parasites of social insects, especially the interactions between the ecto parasitic mite Varroa, its honeybee host and various RNA viral pathogens.
Ecology, behaviour and population dynamics of social insects using, genetic, chemical and observational tools.
Studying the spread of the Varroa mite across the Hawaiian Islands Studying the spread of the Varroa mite across the Hawaiian Islands

A copy the Hawaiian study published in Science can be downloaded free by clicking on the following links
Abstract: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/abstract/336/6086/1304?ijkey=b01Ca1ezhzDwI&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Reprint: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/rapidpdf/336/6086/1304?ijkey=b01Ca1ezhzDwI&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Full Text: http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/full/336/6086/1304?ijkey=b01Ca1ezhzDwI&keytype=ref&siteid=sci

Teaching

Dr. Stephen Martin holds a Teachers Certificate in Further & Adult Education and deliver undergraduate lectures and seminars on a guest basis both nationally, e.g. Exeter, Cardiff & Sheffield Universities, and internationally e.g. in Japan. I have being a Science Ambassador during the past decade and as part of my outreach program have given science talks and demonstrations to over 30 local schools and 1000’s of school children. As I conduct mainly research my main teaching duties are the supervision of 3rd and 4th year undergraduate research projects. This introduces students to cutting edge research projects that ultimately end up been published in a peer review journals (see below) and some outstanding thesis e.g. the ZSL Charles Darwin prize was award to Jonathan Carruthers for his 4th yr project in Chemical recognition in Bumblebees.

A lists of published 3rd and 4th yr student projects (student name is in bold)

Martin S.J, Trontti, K., Shemilt, S., Drijfhout, F., Espy, E., Butlin, R., Jackson, D. (2011) Weak patriline effects detected in the cuticular hydrocarbon profiles of isolated Formica exsecta ants and newly emerged worker ants. Journal of Evolutionary Biology (submitted).

Helanterä, H., Lee, Y. R., Drijfhout, F. P., Martin, S. J. (2011) Genetic diversity, colony chemical phenotype and nestmate recognition in the ant Formica fusca. Bhevioural ecology, doi:10.1093/beheco/arr037.

Kather, R., Drijfhout, F. P., Martin, S.J. (2011) Task group differences in cuticular lipids in the honey
bee Apis mellifera. J. Chem. Ecol. 37, 205-212. DOI 10.1007/s108886-011-9909-4

Martin, SJ., Carruthers, JM., Williams, PH., Drijfhout, FP. (2010) Host specific social parasites
(Psithyrus) indicate chemical recognition system in Bumblebees. J. Chem. Ecol. 36, 855-863.

Martin, S. J., Helanterä, H., Kiss, K., Lee, Y. R., Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Polygyny reduces rather than increases nestmate discrimination cue diversity in Formica exsecta ants. Insect. Soc. 56, 375-383. DOI 10.1007/s00040-009-0035-z

Martin, S. J., Weihao, Z., Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Long-term stability of cuticular hydrocarbons facilitates chemotaxonomy using museum specimens. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96, 732-737.

Martin, S. J., Holland, K., & Murray, M. (1997) Non-reproduction in the honeybee mite Varroa jacobsoni. Exp. Appl. Acarol., 21: 539-549.

Lobb, N. & Martin, S. J. (1997) Mortality of the mite Varroa jacobsoni during or soon after the emergence of worker or drone honeybees. Apidologie, 28: 367-374.

Martin, S. J. & Cook, C. (1996) Effect of host brood type on number of offspring produced by the honeybee parasite Varroa jacobsoni. Exp. Appl. Acarol., 20: 387-390.

Professional Activities

NERC peer review collage member (2009-2012).
Executive Board member of International Bee Research Association (2008-2012).
UK management committee member for European COST Action (FP7) on the prevention of Honeybee Colony Losses (COLOSS) (2009-present).
Science Ambassador (2002-present).
Member of the Japanese Pro-Nature Bumblebee research and conservation group.
Member of the European Food Standards Agency (EFSA's) expert database.

Career

Senior Research Fellow, APS, Univ. of Sheffield, 2009 – present.
PDRA, Animal and Plant Sciences, Univ. of Sheffield, 2000-2008.
Higher Scientific Officer, National Bee Unit, York, 1993-2000.
Royal Society & Japanese Science (JSPS) Post-Doctoral Research Fellowships, 1989-1992.
Scientific Fisheries Officer, Falkland Islands Government, 1988.
Monbusho (Japanese) Research Scholarship, 1984-1987.
Scientific Officer on British China Expedition, 1982.
D.Sc. Population dynamics, life histories and chemical ecology of social insects and their parasites. Univ. of Wales, 2006.
Further & Adult Education Teachers Certificate 1994-1995.
Ph.D., Population dynamics and thermoregulation in hornets, Univ. of Wales, 1988-1989.
M.Sc. Species diversity of ground beetles as environmental indicators in the Japanese Alps, Shinshu University, Japan, 1985-1987.

Current Research Group

Current Research Group


Ricarda Kather

Ricky Kather
BBSRC-CASE studentship (2009-2013). Studying the effect of Varroa mite viral diseases on the honeybee (Apis mellifera) recognition system.
E-mail Ricarda Kather

Ricarda's Undergraduate Website

Ricarda's Postgraduate Website

Elizabeth Espy

Elizabeth Espy

Level 4 undergraduate student. Mixing and matching in ants and flies.

Rhian Guillem

Rhian Guillem

NERC Case Studentship with Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust Chemotaxonomy in social insects (Ants)

Brettell Laura

Laura Brettell

NERC RA Evolution of honey bee viral pathogens

Dr Emma Gregson

Dr Emma Gregeson

NERC PDRA gene expression in Formica ants

Former Members of the Group

(To be added shortly)

Recent Publications (2007 to 2010) see website for full list

Martin, S. J., Helanterä, H., Drijfhout, F. P. (2010) Is Parasite pressure a driver of chemical cue diversity in ants? Proceedings of the Royal Society B doi:10.1098/rspb.2010.1047

Martin, SJ., Carruthers, JM., Williams, PH., Drijfhout, FP. (2010) Host specific social parasites (Psithyrus) indicate chemical recognition system in Bumblebees. J. Chem. Ecol. 36, 855-863.

Takahashi, J., Yamasaki K., Mitsuhata M., Martin, SJ., Ono, M., Tsubaki, Y. (2010) Bumblebee fauna of the Nemuro peninsula, Hokkaido, Japan: with special reference to the effect of the invasive Bombus terrestris on the rare B. florilegus. Japanease Conservation Ecology (in press)

Martin, SJ. (2010) Trouble in paradise: Varroa spreads across Hawaii. American Bee Journal 381-384.

Couvillon, M., Hughes, W., Perez-Sato, J., Martin, SJ., Roy, G., Ratnieks, FLW (2010) Sexual selection in honeybees: colony variation and the importance of size in male mating success. Behavioral Ecology, 21: 520-525 (doi:10.1093/beheco/arq016).

Martin, SJ., Ball, BV., Carreck, NL. (2010) Prevalence and persistence of deformed wing virus (DWV) in untreated or acaricide-treated Varroa destructor infested honey bee (Apis mellifera L.) colonies. Journal of Apicultural Research. 49, 72-79.

Carreck, NL., Ball, BV., Martin, SJ., (2010) The epidemiology of cloudy wing virus infections in honey bee colonies in the UK Journal of Apicultural Research 49, 66-71.

Carreck, NL., Ball, BV., Martin, SJ., (2010) Honey bee colony collapse and changes in viral prevalence associated with Varroa destructor. Journal of Apicultural Research 49, 93-94.

Highfield, AC.,Nagar AEI., Mackinder LCM., Noël, J M-L., Hall MJ, Martin SJ and Schroeder DC. (2009). Deformed wing virus implicated in over-wintering honeybee colony losses. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. 75, 7212-7220.
Martin, S. J, Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) A review of ant cuticular hydrocarbons J. Chem. Ecol. 35, 1151-1161. DOI 10.1007/s10886-009-9695-4.

Martin, S. J., Helanterä, H., Kiss, K., Lee, Y.R., Drijfhout, F.P. (2009) Polygyny reduces rather than increases nestmate discrimination cue diversity in Formica exsecta ants. Insect. Soc. 56, 375-383. DOI 10.1007/s00040-009-0035-z

Chauzat M-P., Martin S. J., (2009) A foreigner in France: Biological information on the Asian hornet vespa velutina, a recently introduced species. Biologist 56, 86-91

Takahashi, J., Martin, S.J., Ono, M., Shimizu, I. (2009) Male production by non-natal workers in the bumblebee, Bombus deuteronymus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). J. Ethol. DOI 10.1007/s10164-009-0155-y.

Koyama, S., Takagi, T., Martin, S.J., Yoshida, T., Takahashi, J. (2009) Absence of reproductive conflict during queen rearing in Apis cerana. Insect. Soc. DOI 10.1007/s00040-009-0008-2

Martin, S. J. & Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Nestmate and task cues are influenced and encoded differently within ant cuticular hydrocarbon profiles. J. Chem. Ecol. 35, 368-374.

Martin, S. J. & Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) How reliable is the analysis of complex cuticular hydrocarbon profiles by multi-variate statistical methods? J. Chem. Ecol. 35, 375-382.

Perez-Sato, J.A., Chaline, N., Martin, S.J., Hughes, W.O.H., Ratnieks, F.L.W. (2009) Multi-level selection for hygienic behaviour in honeybees. Heredity DOI 10.1038/hdy.2009.20

Martin, S. J., Weihao, Z., Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Long-term stability of cuticular hydrocarbons facilitates chemotaxonomy using museum specimens. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 96, 732-737.

Waghchoure-Camphor, E. S., Martin S. J. (2009) Population changes of Tropilaelaps clareae mites in Apis mellifera colonies in Pakistan. J. Apic. Res. 48, 46-49 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.48.1.10

Martin, S.J., Takahashi, J., Katada, S. (2009) Queen condition, mating frequency, queen loss and levels of worker reproduction in the hornets Vespa affinis and V. simillima. Ecol. Ento. 34, 43-49.

Drijfhout, F.P., Kather, R., Martin, S.J. (2009) The role of cuticular hydrocarbons in insects. In: Behavioural and Chemcial Ecology. Eds Wen Zhang and Hong Liu. Nova Science Publishers, Inc. ISBN: 978-1-60741-099-7.

Highfield, A.C.,Nagar A.E.I., Mackinder L.C.M., Noël, J. M-L., Hall M.J., Martin S.J. and Schroeder  D.C.  (2009). Deformed wing virus implicated in over-wintering honeybee colony losses. Appl. Environ. Microbiol. (in press)

Martin, S. J, Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) A review of ant cuticular hydrocarbons. J. Chem. Ecol. DOI  10.1007/s10886-009-9695-4.

Martin, S.J., Helanterä, H., Kiss, K., Lee, Y.R., Drijfhout, F.P. (2009) Polygyny reduces rather than; increases nestmate discrimination cue diversity in Formica exsecta ants. Insect. Soc. 56, 375-383. DOI 10.1007/s00040-009-0035-z

Chauzat M-P., Martin S. J., (2009) A foreigner in France: Biological information on the Asian hornet Vespa velutina, a recently introduced species. Biologist 56, 86-91

Takahashi, J., Martin, S.J., Ono, M., Shimizu, I. (2009) Male production by non-natal workers in the bumblebee, Bombus deuteronymus (Hymenoptera: Apidae). J. Ethol.  DOI 10.1007/s10164-009-0155-y.  

Koyama, S., Takagi, T., Martin, S.J., Yoshida, T., Takahashi,J. (2009) Absence of reproductive conflict during queen rearing in Apis cerana. Insect. Soc. DOI 10.1007/s00040-009-0008-2

Martin, S. J. & Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Nestmate and task cues are influenced and encoded differently within ant cuticular hydrocarbon profiles. J. Chem. Ecol. 35, 368-374.

Martin, S. J.& Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) How reliable is the analysis of complex cuticular hydrocarbon profiles by multi-variate statistical methods? J. Chem. Ecol.35, 375-382.

Perez-Sato, J.A., Chaline, N., Martin, S J., Hughes, W.O.H., Ratnieks, F.L.W. (2009) Multi-level selection for hygienic behaviour in honeybees.Heredity DOI 10.1038/hdy.2009.20

Martin,S. J., Weihao, Z., Drijfhout, F. P. (2009) Long-term stability of cuticular hydrocarbons facilitates chemotaxonomy using museum specimens. Bio. J. Linn. Soc.96, 732-737.

Waghchoure-Camphor, E. S., Martin S. J. (2009) Population changes of Tropilaelaps clareae mites in Apis mellifera colonies in Pakistan. J. Apic. Res. 48, 46-49 DOI 10.3896/IBRA.1.48.1.10

Martin, S.J., Takahashi, J., Katada, S. (2009) Queen condition, mating frequency, queen loss and levels of worker reproduction in the hornets Vespa affinis and V.simillima. Ecol. Ento. 34, 43-49.

Waghchoure-Camphor, E. S., Martin S. J. (2008) Beekeeping in Pakistan: a bright future in a troubled land. Am. Bee J. 148: 726-728.

Martin, S. J., Helanterä, H.,  Drijfhout, F. P (2008) Colony-specific hydrocarbons identify nest mates in  two species of Formica ant. J. Chem Ecol. 34, 1072-1080. Doi 10.1007/s10886-008-9482-7.

Martin, S. J., Vitikainen, E, Helanterä, H., Drijfhout, F.P. (2008) Chemical basis of nestmate recognition in the ant Formica exsecta. Proc. Roy. Soc. B. 275,1271-1278.

Martin, S. J., Takahashi, J., Ono, M., Drijfhout, F. P.  (2008) Is the social parasite Vespa dybowskii using chemical transparency to get her eggs accepted? J. Ins. Phys. 54, 700-707.

Martin, S. J., Helanterä, H., Drijfhout, F. P. (2008) Evolution of Species-Specific Cuticular Hydrocarbon Patterns in Formica Ants. Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 95, 131-140.

Martin, S. J., Jenner, E. A. Drijfhout, F. P. (2007) Chemical deterrent enables a socially parasitic ant to invade multiple hosts. Proc.R. Soc. B. 274, 2717-2721.

Helantera, H., Martin, S. J., Ratnieks, F. L. W. (2007) Prior experience with eggs laid by non-nestmate queens induces egg acceptance errors in ant workers. Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 62:223-228.

Beekman, M., Martin, S. J., Drijfhout, F., Oldroyd, B. (2007) Higher removal rate of eggs laid by anarchistic queens-a cost of anarchy? Behav. Ecol. Sociobiol. 61: 1847-1853.

Takahashi, J., Inomata, K., Martin, S. J. (2007) Mating structure and male production in Vespa analis and V. simillima (Hymenoptera:  Vespidae). Entomol.Sci., 10, 223-229.

Jackson, D., Martin S. J., Ratnieks, F. L. W., Holcombe M. (2007) Spatial and temporal variation in pheromone composition of ant foraging trails. Behav. Ecol. 18: 444-450.

Martin,S. J., Takahashi, , Drijfhout, F. P. (2007) Setosa membrane structure and occurrence of eicosenol in honeybees (Apis). Apidology. 38: 104-109.