Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Environmental Sustainability

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Jose-Cristian Martinez

Title/s: Instructor

Specialty Area: Entomology, Ecology, Invasive Species, Restoration Ecology

E-mail: jmartinez31@luc.edu

External Webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/jcristianmartinez


Cristian Martínez has been on faculty at Loyola since August 2017.  He is an instructor in both the Institute of Environmental Sustainability and Biology Department. Immediately before coming to Loyola, he was finishing his Ph.D. in insect ecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he also obtained his B.S. in biology.  Before graduate school, Cristian worked in the insects division of the Field Museum of Natural History where he is still a scientific affiliate. He curates a >15,000-strong personal insect collection that he uses to illustrate key branches of biology such as Evolution, Ecology, Genetics, Behavioral Biology, Developmental Biology, and Medical Entomology.

While at UIC he co-taught an Animal Behavior Lab and was the teaching assistant for Vertebrate Embryology, Comparative Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology, Animal Behavior, and General Biology labs for Bio-majors as well as non-bio-majors. He has mentored over 25 undergraduate students on a one-on-one basis. 



  • PhD in Ecology at The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS in Biology at The University of Illinois at Chicago

Research Interests

His research focuses on woodland restoration efforts and how such efforts and time frames impact the leaf-litter insect community.  He takes a dual approach to his research, incorporating both taxonomic and ecological approaches to answer community-level questions. This dual approach facilitates answering key ecological questions while also answering some long-ignored distribution changes of local insects, which may reflect anthropogenic pressures.   

Cristian incorporates his research into his teaching philosophy and style.  It lends itself well to being integrated into to both the classroom and in one-on-one mentoring of students at all academic levels.

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Entomological Society of America
  • The Coleopterist Society
  • Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

Courses Taught

  • ENVS 218 Biodiversity and Biogeography
  • BIOL 111 General Biology Lab

Selected Publications

  • McCary M.A., Martínez J-C., Umek L., Heneghan L, and Wise D. H. .2015. Impacts of woodland restoration and management on the community of surface-active arthropods. Biological Conservation. 190: 154-166