Post-doctoral researcher

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Staff profile

Romina Martin works on regime shifts in lakes with support of social-ecological model analyses

Profile summary

  • Social-ecological interactions
  • Agent-based modeling
  • Participatory modeling
  • Resilience principles
  • Ecosystem services
  • Freshwater management
  • Rangeland management

Martin is currently working with the EU Horizon2020 project AQUACROSS on managing biodiversity and ecosystem services in freshwater, coastal and marine systems. At the SRC, she works with Maja Schlüter and focuses on the application of resilience principles to analyse case studies and improve ecosystem-based management. This primarily involves the stepwise formalisation of social-ecological interactions and specification of characteristic system patterns, such as regime shifts and bundles of ecosystem services, on multiple levels to investigate them through computational models.

Martin's research interests are in a variety of modelling tools, investigating the behaviour of ecosystems that link to human well-being where it is becoming increasingly important to understand the human factor affecting ecosystems. Towards this aim, Martin develops bioeconomic and agent-based models and simulates decision-making in the human-environmental interface. Further, she engages in multiple participatory stakeholder activities in order to link generic models closer to empirical grounds.

Martin studied computer science and biology and holds a PhD in biology from the University in Cologne, Germany, supervised by Michael Bonkowski and Anja Linstädter. The topic of her PhD was pastoral livelihood security and rangeland management in drylands using ecological-economic modelling approaches. The project was conducted in close collaboration with the Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ) in Leipzig in the Department of Ecological Modelling, where most of the work was carried out, and supervised by Karin Frank and Birgit Müller.

Beyond simulating complex features from social-ecological systems, Martin is interested in disentangling and translating these complexities for transdisciplinary activities or environmental education purposes (e.g. by development of serious games). Along with her PhD, Martin developed a board game on pastoral rangeland management (“NomadSed”) and was involved in analysing and improving an online game on sustainable land management (“LandYous”).

Awards and achievements:

  • Best Student Paper Prize: 2nd place for the paper “Which household tolerates droughts? - Strategies to secure pastoral livelihoods”, 2012 at the International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software (iEMSs)
Martin, Romina
Martin, Romina

Publications by Martin, Romina

Martin, Romina

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