Martin was born in the southern highlands of Tanzania, and developed an interest in conservation at a young age. He went on to become an ecologist, with a focus on studying the anthropogenic impacts on wildlife in Tanzania’s national parks. In particular, Martin has researched the role of bushmeat hunting on local livelihoods, and the impact on wildlife populations. He served as field officer for the Bushmeat-free Eastern African Network (BEAN), and went on to conduct his PhD research in Lwafi Game Reserve in Western Tanzania. More recently, Martin was the Research Scientist on a research project to determine the role of bushmeat in zoonotic disease transmission in Tanzania.
Martin is a skilled facilitator with extensive experience in community engagement and participatory research methods. Martin works closely with the Community Monitors on the data collection, and making sure that the key findings are communicated back to the village leaders, as well as conservation partners.