Martin became 'the 4th musketeer' in August 1998, joining the UIUC graduate students with the graduation of Steve Gaimari from the program. He came here with the equivalent of a Masters from the Technical University at Darmstadt. He then spent 15 months in a traineeship at the Museum of Natural Science, Stuttgart, Germany. In addition to his native German, he speaks English, French, and has a minor in Latin.
Beginning his graduate studies in the fall of 1998 at the University of Illinois, he took Insect Ecology and a toxicology seminar; he also proficiencied out of the taxonomy and systematics core course in the Dept. of Entomology during that semester. He finished his coursework towards his degree in the spring of 2000, is writing up a paper on the therevid genus Ammonaios to fulfill a departmental masters requirement, and plans to take his preliminary exams in the fall of 2000. He will join Kevin Holston in North Carolina in January 2001 to learn about molecular systematics with Brian Wiegmann.
Before joining the therevid PEET team, Martin already had a flourishing career studying other Diptera, particularly syrphids and stratiomyiids in Germany and all over the world.
1988: Corsica, Ghana