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Emilia Martins

Professor; Associate Director, Graduate Programs
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 4501
Biography: 

Professor Martins studies behavioral evolution by mapping the ancient history of lizard communication in the southwestern U.S. and by studying how sensory systems impact social behavior in the biomedically-important zebrafish. More generally, her research program asks about the evolution of complex behavioral phenotypes, and how evolutionary forces have interacted over long periods of time to shape phenotypic change.

Her lab pioneered the use of phylogenetic comparative methods to infer the evolutionary mechanisms underlying phenotypic evolution, and has also contributed substantively to our understanding of how different sensory systems intertwine to produce and to perceive animal communicative signals. Most recently, the Martins lab has focused on two projects: (1) multimodal communication in North American Sceloporus lizards, and (2) phenotypic plasticity and social behavior of wild zebrafish from India. In addition to lab experiments and international fieldwork, both projects involve developing new statistics, software, and data-archiving tools.  

Martins joined ASU in 2017 after serving as a rotating Program Director at the National Science Foundation, Professor of Biology at Indiana University, and Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Oregon. Over the years, she has also held administrative positions including Associate Dean (twice), Director of an interdepartmental Center for the Integrative Study of Animal Behavior, and Director of several graduate and undergraduate student training programs.  Martins is a Fellow and Past-President of the Animal Behavior Society and has served as editor of Evolution, Systematic Biology, American Naturalist, and other journals. She is especially passionate about diversity, intersectionality and inclusion.   

Education: 

PhD Zoology. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1992

MS Biometry. University of Wisconsin, Madison. 1991

BA Zoology & Psychology. University of California, Berkeley. 1987

Summer 2022
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2022
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BIO 493Honors Thesis
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
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Fall 2021
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BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 496Undergraduate Thesis
Fall 2020
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BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 496Undergraduate Thesis
PLB 583Fieldwork
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BIO 584Internship
PLB 584Internship
EVO 590Reading and Conference
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PLB 591Seminar
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MIC 595Continuing Registration
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BIO 598Special Topics
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BIO 784Internship
NEU 790Reading and Conference
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MCB 790Reading and Conference
HPS 790Reading and Conference
EVO 790Reading and Conference
BIO 790Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
ELS 790Reading and Conference
BIO 791Seminar
BIO 792Research
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NEU 795Continuing Registration
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Fall 2019
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BIO 492Honors Directed Study
BIO 494Special Topics
BIO 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 496Undergraduate Thesis
PLB 583Fieldwork
BIO 583Fieldwork
BIO 584Internship
PLB 584Internship
EVO 590Reading and Conference
MIC 590Reading and Conference
MCB 590Reading and Conference
BIO 590Reading and Conference
PLB 590Reading and Conference
PLB 591Seminar
MIC 591Seminar
BIO 591Seminar
MCB 591Seminar
MCB 592Research
BIO 592Research
MIC 592Research
PLB 592Research
MIC 595Continuing Registration
MCB 595Continuing Registration
PLB 595Continuing Registration
BIO 595Continuing Registration
BIO 598Special Topics
PLB 599Thesis
MCB 599Thesis
BIO 599Thesis
MIC 599Thesis
BIO 784Internship
NEU 790Reading and Conference
MIC 790Reading and Conference
MCB 790Reading and Conference
HPS 790Reading and Conference
EVO 790Reading and Conference
BIO 790Reading and Conference
ANB 790Reading and Conference
ELS 790Reading and Conference
BIO 791Seminar
BIO 792Research
ELS 792Research
MIC 792Research
NEU 792Research
HPS 792Research
ANB 792Research
EVO 792Research
MCB 792Research
NEU 795Continuing Registration
HPS 795Continuing Registration
BIO 795Continuing Registration
ANB 795Continuing Registration
MIC 795Continuing Registration
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ANB 799Dissertation
EVO 799Dissertation
MIC 799Dissertation
MCB 799Dissertation
ELS 799Dissertation
HPS 799Dissertation
BIO 799Dissertation
NEU 799Dissertation
Fall 2018
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
MBB 495Undergraduate Research
BIO 496Undergraduate Thesis
Summer 2018
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research
Spring 2018
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BIO 495Undergraduate Research