Graeme Martin was born in country Western Australia and gained a BSc (Agriculture) and a PhD at the University of WA (UWA). He then spent 2 years in France (Institut National de al Recherche Agonomique) and 3 years in the UK (Medical Research Council) before returning to WA in 1987. He was promoted to Professor (Chair) at UWA in 2001 and is currently Head of the School of Animal Biology and Deputy Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture.
His research team mostly works on brain function, reproduction and metabolism, with a particular focus on how environmental factors influence the reproductive system of sheep. He also has projects on reproduction in emus, marsupials and African mammals. Over the past 5 years, he has pioneered the concept of “clean, green and ethical systems of animal production” and promoted it nationally and internationally.
He has won $4m research funding, primarily from the Australian Research Council, the National Health & Medical Research Council, the Rural Industries Research & Development Corporation, and Meat & Livestock Australia. He has supervised 25 students to completion of postgraduate degrees and published over 250 international peer-reviewed papers.