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|Dr. Dino Martins

About Dr. Dino Martins

Hello! I'm Dino Martins, an entomologist interested in how insects keep the planet running, the biology of vectors and more broadly in the evolution of life and our role in a sustainable world. I teach for the Turkana Basin Field School and serve as the Academic Field Director and am a Research Assistant Professor at Stony Brook University.

Goats, Grazing and Seed-pods: learning in Turkana

The Spring 2015 Origins Field School students are now settled in at the Turkana Basin Institute and have been busy with the Ecology Module for the past few days. One of our first lessons has been looking at the vegetation. In this arid region, plants are essential for animals, including livestock, which is what supports [...]

By | January 23rd, 2015|Field School, Spring Field School 2015|Comments Off on Goats, Grazing and Seed-pods: learning in Turkana

Learning about the African Savannah

The Spring 2015 TBI Origins Field School students have been on four-day trip to Mpala Ranch located on the Laikipia plateau north of Mt Kenya. We have had an amazing safari so far - learning about and encountering many different species of plants and animals, exploring different habitats, climbing small rocky hills, watching birds and [...]

By | January 18th, 2015|Field School, Spring Field School 2015|Comments Off on Learning about the African Savannah

Spring 2015 Origins Field School Begins!

The Spring 2015 Turkana Basin Institute Origins Field School has begun! Students arrived in Kenya and travelled to Mpala Ranch where we are staying at the Mpala Research Centre. Spring 2015 Origins Field School Students exploring the ecology of the African Savannah! On the way up here we spent some time in Nanyuki, [...]

By | January 17th, 2015|Field School, Spring Field School 2015|Comments Off on Spring 2015 Origins Field School Begins!

Fall 2014 Field School Ends: Graduation Ceremony

The Turkana Basin Institute Fall 2014 Field School ended last Sunday. As part of this we held a graduation ceremony where students were presented by Dr Leakey to travelled to TBI to congratulate the students. Dr Leakey and Dr. Sonia Harmand, the Archaeology Professor talk to students about their time at TBI   [...]

By | November 21st, 2014|Field School|Comments Off on Fall 2014 Field School Ends: Graduation Ceremony

Cute Goats and (less cute) Ticks!

The TBI Fall 2014 Field School students visited a livestock boma (enclosure) this past week to learn more about goats, grazing and the ecology of livestock in this arid environment. Goats are the main form of livestock kept in this part of the world and an important part of the local economy and culture. [...]

By | September 20th, 2014|Field School|Comments Off on Cute Goats and (less cute) Ticks!

Visit to the Kerio Delta

The TBI Field School students visited the Kerio Delta a few days ago to get a first glimpse of the complex freshwater ecology and dynamics that affect the deltas of Lake Turkana. We were hosted by a group of local fishermen whose boats we used to travel into the mouth of the Kerio Delta. [...]

By | September 15th, 2014|Field School|Comments Off on Visit to the Kerio Delta

Exploring the African Savannah!

The Turkana Basin Institute's Origins Field School started off this week with the students exploring the African Savannah and meeting some of the amazing creatures that call this ecosystem home. We were very lucky to spend three days at Mpala Ranch in Laikipia where we had some incredible sightings of wildlife, while learning about the [...]

By | September 11th, 2014|Field School|Comments Off on Exploring the African Savannah!

Fall 2014 Origins Field School Begins!

The Turkana Basin Institute's Fall 2014 Origins Field School has begun. Students arrived in Kenya on the 4th and travelled up to Mpala Ranch yesterday. It was a wet, rainy day - but we did get to see some amazing wildlife on the way to the campsite, including giraffe and elephant. A Reticulated Giraffe [...]

By | September 6th, 2014|Field School|Comments Off on Fall 2014 Origins Field School Begins!