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Andrew Martin

Sea Ice Microbial Physiologist
Antarctic Gateway Partnership Post-doctoral Fellow
IMAS Marine & Antarctic Futures Centre (MAFC)

Room L1; 113.15 , IMAS Waterfront Building

+61 3 6226 6659 (phone)

Dr Andrew Martin is a Postdoctoral Researcher within the Antarctic Gateway Partnership at IMAS. He is a microbial ecophysiologist with an interest in sea ice microbes and the development of microsensors to examine biological performance in marine microbial communities.


Before joining the Antarctic Gateway Partnership, Andrew coordinated an international outreach program at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ). Prior to that, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at IMAS (UTAS) working alongside Professor Andrew McMinn.

Career summary


Degree Thesis Title UniversityCountryAwarded
PhD Microbial loop dynamics in Antarctic sea ice Victoria University of Wellington NZ 2009
MSc (Hons) Antarctic sea ice bacteria, ecosystem dynamics, and global climate change Victoria University of Wellington NZ 2005
BSc   Victoria University of Wellington NZ 2000

Research Invitations

2012: SIPEX II

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Research Themes

Andrew's research aligns with 'Open Water and Under Ice Foodwebs', Theme 2 of the Antarctic Gateway Partnership, a special research initiative of the Australian Research Council. His research foci is Antarctic microbial ecology, specifically the effects of climate change on the ecophysiology of sea ice microbial communities (microalgae, bacteria, viruses) and the implications for Antarctic coastal marine ecosystems. Andrew is currently optimising an array of biological microsensors that will be deployed on AUV/ROV platforms to better understand the role of environmental forcing on the performance of microbial communities. He is also working with state-of-the-art, lab-based, sea ice incubation systems that test the resilience of sea ice microbial foodwebs to environmental stress.


  • 2010: Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (equipment grant A$36,000)
  • 2010: Ian Potter Foundation science grant (A$10,000)

Fields of Research

  • Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology) (310305)
  • Microbial ecology (310703)
  • Biological oceanography (370801)
  • Photogrammetry and remote sensing (401304)
  • Chemical oceanography (370802)
  • Mycology (310705)
  • Proteomics and intermolecular interactions (excl. medical proteomics) (310109)
  • Phycology (incl. marine grasses) (310801)
  • Biochemistry and cell biology (310199)
  • Microbial genetics (310704)
  • Aquaculture and fisheries stock assessment (300502)
  • Bacteriology (310701)
  • Lie groups, harmonic and Fourier analysis (490406)
  • Cell metabolism (310103)
  • Pollution and contamination (410599)
  • Global change biology (319902)
  • Natural resource management (410406)
  • Organisational behaviour (350710)
  • Evolutionary impacts of climate change (310406)
  • Surveying (incl. hydrographic surveying) (401306)
  • Occupational and workplace health and safety (350505)
  • Genetics (310599)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Ecological physiology (310303)

Research Objectives

  • Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180404)
  • Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences (280102)
  • Assessment and management of coastal and estuarine ecosystems (180201)
  • Effects of climate change on Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments (excl. social impacts) (190503)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)
  • Marine biodiversity (180504)
  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Measurement and assessment of marine water quality and condition (180505)
  • Expanding knowledge in the health sciences (280112)
  • Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments (180499)
  • Productivity (excl. public sector) (150304)
  • Understanding climate change (190599)
  • Occupational health (200507)


Total publications


Journal Article

(35 outputs)
2022Kennedy F, McMinn A, Martin A, 'Short note: extracellular export and consumption of glucose in Antarctic sea ice', Polar Biology, 45 pp. 763-768. ISSN 0722-4060 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-022-03031-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Kennedy F; McMinn A


2021Kennedy F, Martin A, McMinn A, 'Rapid changes in spectral composition after darkness influences nitric oxide, glucose and hydrogen peroxide production in the Antarctic diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus', Polar Biology, 44 pp. 1289-1303. ISSN 0722-4060 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-021-02867-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Kennedy F; McMinn A


2020Cimoli E, Lucieer V, Meiners KM, Chennu A, Castrisios K, et al., 'Mapping the in situ microspatial distribution of ice algal biomass through hyperspectral imaging of sea-ice cores', Scientific Reports, 10, (1) Article 21848. ISSN 2045-2322 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-79084-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Cimoli E; Lucieer V; Meiners KM; Castrisios K; Kennedy F; Lucieer A


2020Greaves BL, Davidson AT, Fraser AD, McKinlay JP, Martin A, et al., 'The Southern Annular Mode (SAM) influences phytoplankton communities in the seasonal ice zone of the Southern Ocean', Biogeosciences, 17 pp. 3815-3835. ISSN 1726-4170 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.5194/bg-17-3815-2020 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Greaves BL; Davidson AT; Fraser AD; McMinn A; Wright SW


2020Kennedy F, Martin A, Castrisios K, Cimoli E, McMinn A, et al., 'Rapid manipulation in irradiance induces oxidative free-radical release in a fast-ice algal community (McMurdo Sound, Antarctica)', Frontiers in Plant Science, 11 Article 588005. ISSN 1664-462X (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3389/fpls.2020.588005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Kennedy F; Castrisios K; Cimoli E; McMinn A


2020Kennedy F, Martin A, McMinn A, 'Insights into the production and role of nitric oxide in the Antarctic sea-ice diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus', Journal of Phycology, 56, (5) pp. 1196-1207. ISSN 0022-3646 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/jpy.13027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Kennedy F; McMinn A


2019Kennedy F, Martin A, Bowman JP, Wilson R, McMinn A, 'Dark metabolism: a molecular insight into how the Antarctic sea-ice diatom Fragilariopsis cylindrus survives long-term darkness', New Phytologist, 223, (2) pp. 675-691. ISSN 0028-646X (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/nph.15843 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 18

Co-authors: Kennedy F; Bowman JP; Wilson R; McMinn A


2018Castrisios K, Martin A, Muller MN, Kennedy F, McMinn A, et al., 'Response of Antarctic sea-ice algae to an experimental decrease in pH: a preliminary analysis from chlorophyll fluorescence imaging of melting ice', Polar Research, 37 Article 1438696. ISSN 0800-0395 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/17518369.2018.1438696 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Castrisios K; Kennedy F; McMinn A


2018Martin A, McMinn A, 'Sea ice, extremophiles and life on extra-terrestrial ocean worlds', International Journal of Astrobiology, 17, (1) pp. 1-16. ISSN 1473-5504 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S1473550416000483 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 32Web of Science - 29

Co-authors: McMinn A


2018Meiners KM, Vancoppenolle M, Carnat G, Castellani G, Delille B, et al., 'Chlorophyll-a in Antarctic landfast sea ice: a first synthesis of historical ice core data', Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans, 123, (11) pp. 8444-8459. ISSN 2169-9275 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1029/2018JC014245 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Meiners KM; Lannuzel D; McMinn A; Swadling KM; van der Merwe P; Weldrick CK


2017Burr DJ, Martin A, Maas EW, Ryan KG, 'In situ light responses of the proteorhodopsin-bearing Antarctic sea-ice bacterium, Psychroflexus torques', ISME Journal, 11 pp. 2155-2158. ISSN 1751-7362 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/ismej.2017.65 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2


2017Cimoli E, Lucieer A, Meiners KM, Lund-Hansen LC, Kennedy F, et al., 'Towards improved estimates of sea-ice algal biomass: experimental assessment of hyperspectral imaging cameras for under-ice studies', Annals of Glaciology, 58, (75 pt1) pp. 68-77. ISSN 0260-3055 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/aog.2017.6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Cimoli E; Lucieer A; Meiners KM; Kennedy F; McMinn A; Lucieer V


2017McMinn A, Muller MN, Martin A, Ugalde SC, Lee S, et al., 'Effects of CO2 concentration on a late summer surface sea ice community', Marine Biology, 164, (4) Article 87. ISSN 0025-3162 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-017-3102-4 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: McMinn A; Muller MN; Ugalde SC; Lee S; Castrisios K


2016Coad T, McMinn A, Nomura D, Martin A, 'Effect of elevated CO2 concentration on microalgal communities in Antarctic pack ice', Deep-Sea Research II, 131 pp. 160-169. ISSN 0967-0645 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2016.01.005 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Coad T; McMinn A


2016Damm E, Nomura D, Martin AR, Dieckmann GS, Meiners KM, 'DMSP and DMS cycling within Antarctic sea ice during the winter-spring transition', Deep-Sea Research. Part 2, 131 pp. 150-159. ISSN 0967-0645 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2015.12.015 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 15Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Meiners KM


2014McMinn A, Muller MN, Martin A, Ryan KG, 'The response of Antarctic sea ice algae to changes in pH and CO2', PLoS ONE, 9, (1) Article e86984. ISSN 1932-6203 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0086984 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 48

Co-authors: McMinn A; Muller MN


2014Ugalde SC, Martin A, Meiners K, McMinn A, Ryan KG, 'Extracellular organic carbon dynamics during a bottom-ice algal bloom (Antarctica)', Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 73, (3) pp. 195-210. ISSN 0948-3055 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/ame01717 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Ugalde SC; Meiners K; McMinn A


2013McMinn A, Martin AR, 'Dark survival in a warming world', Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 280, (1755) Article 20122909. ISSN 0962-8452 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2012.2909 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 58Web of Science - 59

Co-authors: McMinn A


2013Smith LV, McMinn A, Martin AR, Nicol S, Bowie AR, et al., 'Preliminary investigation into the stimulation of phytoplankton photophysiology and growth by whale faeces', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 446 pp. 1-9. ISSN 0022-0981 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2013.04.010 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 22

Co-authors: Smith LV; McMinn A; Nicol S; Bowie AR; Lannuzel D; Van Der Merwe P


2012Kennedy F, McMinn A, Martin A, 'Effect of temperature on the photosynthetic efficiency and morphotype of Phaeocystis antarctica', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 429 pp. 7-14. ISSN 0022-0981 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.06.016 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Kennedy F; McMinn A


2012Koh EY, Martin AR, McMinn A, Ryan KG, 'Recent advances and future perspectives in microbial phototrophy in Antarctic Sea ice', Biology, 1, (3) pp. 542-556. ISSN 2079-7737 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/biology1030542 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7

Co-authors: McMinn A


2012Maas EW, Simpson AM, Martin A, Thompson S, Koh EY, et al., 'Phylogenetic analyses of bacteria in sea ice at Cape Hallett, Antarctica', New Zealand Journal of Marine and Freshwater Research, 46, (1) pp. 3-12. ISSN 0028-8330 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00288330.2011.579981 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: O'Toole RF


2012Martin A, McMinn A, Davy SK, Anderson MJ, Miller HC, et al., 'Preliminary evidence for the microbial loop in Antarctic sea ice using microcosm simulations', Antarctic Science, 24, (6) pp. 547-553. ISSN 0954-1020 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0954102012000491 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: McMinn A


2012Martin A, McMinn A, Heath M, Hegseth EN, Ryan KG, 'The physiological response to increased temperature in over-wintering sea ice algae and phytoplankton in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica and Tromsø Sound, Norway', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 428 pp. 57-66. ISSN 0022-0981 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2012.06.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 18Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: McMinn A


2012McMinn A, Ashworth C, Bhagooli R, Martin A, Salleh S, et al., 'Antarctic coastal microalgal primary production and photosynthesis', Marine Biology, 159, (12) pp. 2827-2837. ISSN 0025-3162 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00227-012-2044-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 12Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: McMinn A; Ashworth C; Bhagooli R


2011Martin A, Anderson MJ, Thorn C, Davy SK, Ryan KG, 'Response of sea-ice microbial communities to environmental disturbance: an in situ transplant experiment in the Antarctic', Marine Ecology Progress Series , 424, (Mar) pp. 25-37. ISSN 1616-1599 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/meps08977 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 22Web of Science - 21


2011Reeves S, McMinn A, Martin AR, 'The effect of prolonged darkness on the growth, recovery and survival of Antarctic sea ice diatoms', Polar Biology, 34, (7) pp. 1019-1032. ISSN 0722-4060 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-011-0961-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 34

Co-authors: Reeves S; McMinn A


2011Ryan KG, Tay ML, Martin AR, McMinn A, Davy SK, 'Chlorophyll fluorescence imaging analysis of the responses of Antarctic bottom-ice algae to light and salinity during melting', Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology, 399, (2) pp. 156-161. ISSN 0022-0981 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.jembe.2011.01.006 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 25Web of Science - 23

Co-authors: McMinn A


2010Koh EY, Atamna-Ismaeel N, Martin AR, Cowie ROM, Beja O, et al., 'Proteorhodospin-bearing bacteria in Antarctic sea ice', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 76, (17) pp. 5918-5925. ISSN 0099-2240 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00562-10 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 53


2010McMinn A, Martin AR, Ryan K, 'Phytoplankton and sea ice algal biomass and physiology during the transition between winter and spring (McMurdo Sound, Antarctica)', Polar Biology, 33, (11) pp. 1547-1556. ISSN 0722-4060 (2010) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s00300-010-0844-6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 43Web of Science - 42

Co-authors: McMinn A


2009Martin AR, Hall J, Ryan K, 'Low salinity and high-level UV-B radiation reduce single-cell activity in Antarctic sea ice bacteria', Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75, (23) pp. 7570-7573. ISSN 0099-2240 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00829-09 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 15


2009Ryan KG, Cowie ROM, Liggins E, McNaughtan D, Martin A, 'The short-term effect of irradiance on the photosynthetic properties of Antarctic fast-ice microalgal communities', Journal of Phycology, 45, (6) pp. 1290-1298. ISSN 0022-3646 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2009.00764.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 17Web of Science - 16


2008Martin A, Hall JA, O'Toole R, Davy SK, Ryan KG, 'High single-cell metabolic activity in Antarctic sea ice bacteria', Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 52, (1) pp. 25-31. ISSN 0948-3055 (2008) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3354/ame01205 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 12

Co-authors: O'Toole R


2007Ralph PJ, Ryan KG, Martin A, Fenton G, 'Melting out of sea ice causes greater photosynthetic stress in algae than freezing in', Journal of Phycology, 43, (5) pp. 948-956. ISSN 0022-3646 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1529-8817.2007.00382.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 48Web of Science - 48


2006Ryan KG, Hegseth EN, Martin AR, Davy SK, O'Toole R, et al., 'Comparison of the microalgal community within fast ice at two sites along the Ross Sea coast, Antarctica', Antarctic Science, 18, (4) pp. 583-594. ISSN 0954-1020 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1017/S0954102006000629 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 38Web of Science - 35

Co-authors: O'Toole R; McMinn A


Conference Publication

(1 outputs)
2017Cimoli E, Lucieer VL, Lund-Hansen LC, Lucieer A, Meiners K, et al., 'A new type of vision under the ice: Exploring the potential of hyperspectral imaging cameras and digital photogrammetry to monitor ice algal communities and its environmental drivers', New Zealand Antarctic Science Conference, 26-28 June 2017, Otago Museum Dunedin (2017) [Conference Extract]

[eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Cimoli E; Lucieer VL; Lucieer A; Meiners K; Kennedy F; McMinn A

Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



On thin ice? An in situ surveillance system for sea ice microbial communities (2017 - 2018)$73,466
The predicted loss of annual Antarctic sea ice (est. between 17% - 31%) within the next century will influence the ecological integrity of the Southern Ocean. Sea ice supports a unique assemblage of microorganisms that underpin Antarctic coastal food-webs, but reduced ice thickness coupled with increased snow cover will modify energy flow and trophic dynamics in ways that are difficult to predict. This project will deploy state-of-the-art biosensors to track environmental stress in sea ice microbial communities. This in situ surveillance system will generate unique baseline data against which future changes in ecosystem structure and function can be measured.
New Zealand Antarctic Research Institute ($73,466)
Grant-Type A Research Projects of Excellence
Administered By
Victoria University of Wellington
Research Team
Ryan K; Martin AR; McMinn A; Lucieer VL
2017 - 2018
Bioplatforms Australia (BPA) - collaborative research (2016)$15,000
Funds will be used to procure services from BPA that will support proteomics and research projects on, respectively, molecular mechanisms of DFTD and the physiological response of diatoms to environmental stresses.
Bioplatforms Australia Ltd ($15,000)
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Wilson RR; Foo E; King AE; Tovar Lopez CD; Martin AR
Light-harvesting Bacteria in Antarctic Sea Ice (2010)$9,850
Ian Potter Foundation ($9,850)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Martin AR

Research Supervision




PhDThe Alien Characteristics of Sea Ice Microbes: The potential for life on icy ocean worlds & beyond
Candidate: Sahan Archintha Jayasinghe
PhDRole of Sea Ice as a Biogeochemically Active Reservoir of Iron and Other Trace Metals
Candidate: Luis Paulo Agostino De Magalhaes Duprat
PhDStress in a Crystal Palace: Using experimental micro-sensors to investigate light stress in Antarctic sea-ice diatoms
Candidate: Fraser Campbell Kennedy
PhDPhotophysiological responses of marine phytoplankton and ice algae to temperature, iron and light availability in subpolar and polar regions
Candidate: Kazuhiro Yoshida