Martha earned her BA in Biology from Boston University and her PhD in Organismic and Evolutionary Biology from Harvard. Before coming to Duke, Martha worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Australian National University, where she studied the evolutionary physiology of tropical skinks. She works at the interface between ecology and evolution. Martha studies how organisms interact with their environments, and how such interactions guide the evolutionary process. Her work with the Patek lab will focus on the evolution of striking behavior and morphology in stomatopods.