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Judit Ungvari Martin

Postdoctoral Fellow
B.S. Wildlife Ecology & Conservation, B.S. Zoology; Ph.D. Zoology, University of Florida

For her postdoctoral work at Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, Judit Ungvari Martin is focused on the Smithsonian Bird Friendly Coffee certification project, where her research spans the interface of ecology and applied conservation biology. She has worked in the field of tropical forest bird community ecology for 10 years now. Her ever-evolving research interests include movement of organisms between patchy habitats, landscape-level ecology, measuring biodiversity and promoting sustainable agriculture in an effort to better protect and preserve habitat in biodiversity rich regions.

Along with a team of enthusiastic assistants, Martin has spent 22 months in the Peruvian Amazonia over four years, studying white sand forest habitat specialization in bird communities. Her work included a mark-recapture study, as well population genetics of obligate habitat specialist species. When not in the field, she led a campus wide research effort studying the reproductive ecology of northern mockingbirds, including extra-pair paternity, offspring sex ratio, timing of breeding, clutch and brood size differences across the breeding season, and feeding behavior. She enjoys participating in environmental education and outreach events, and has designed and taught a research design field course for Latin American undergraduate students in Peru and Colombia.
Martin earned a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation and a B.S. in Zoology in 2007. She spent some time in the field, then returned to school to earn a Ph.D. in Zoology with a certificate and concentration in Tropical Conservation and Development at the University of Florida in 2016. She has held a post-doctoral position at SMBC since 2016, where she works with Robert Rice, Brandt Ryder, Scott Sillett and Pete Marra. Her work at SMBC uses migratory birds as well as endemic resident species as indicators of habitat quality in the Colombian coffee growing region, with the goals of informing management and conservation efforts in agroecosystems.
Raised in Hungary in a relatively rural part of the country, being outdoors was natural and an essential part of Martin's early life; she is happy that it has become part of her career as well. When indoors, she enjoys socializing over trivia, cooking and baking, and most recently brewing kombucha in her kitchen.