Dr. Quentin Martinez

Profilbild Quentin Martinez

Post-doc researcher

---Evolution------Morphology--- ---Olfaction------Vertebrates---

Research interests

I am interested in the evolution of olfaction in vertebrates.

I previously focused on the morpho-anatomical aspects of olfactory-related structures in mammals (turbinates, turbinals, cribriform plate, olfactory bulb…). I used X-ray microtomography (X-ray µCT, CT scan) and quantitative comparative methods to investigate morphological convergence driven by diet (herbivore, omnivore, and carnivore) and habitat (terrestrial, fossorial, and aquatic).

I am currently using integrative approaches that involve different quantitative proxies extracted from 3D imaging, genomics, histology, and behavior.

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  • 16. Martinez, Q., Jan, O., Šumbera, R., Wright, M., Araújo, R., Braude, S., Hildebrandt, T. B., Holtze, S., Ruf, I., Fabre, P. H. (2023). Mammalian maxilloturbinal evolution does not reflect thermal biology. Nature Communications 14, 4425. doi.org/10.1038/s41467-023-39994-1
  • 15. Martinez, Q., Amson, E., Ruf, I., Smith, T. D., Pirot, N., Broyon, M., Lebrun, R., Captier, G., Gascó Martín, C., Ferreira, G., & Fabre, P. H. (2023). Turbinal bones are still one of the last frontiers of the tetrapod skull: hypotheses, challenges and perspectives. PaleorXiv. doi.org/10.31233/osf.io/2gm95
  • 14. Martinez, Q., Courcelle, M., Douzery, E., Fabre, P. H. (2023). When morphology does not fit the genomes: the case of rodent olfaction. Biology Letters, 19(4), 20230080. doi.org/10.1098/rsbl.2023.0080
  • 13. Amson, E., Scheyer, T. M., Martinez, Q., Schwermann, A. H., Koyabu, D., He, K., & Ziegler, R. (2022). Unique bone microanatomy reveals ancestry of subterranean specializations in mammals. Evolution Letters. doi.org/10.1002/evl3.303
  • 12. Ito, K., Kodeara, R., Koyasu, K., Martinez, Q., & Koyabu, D. (2022). The development of nasal turbinal morphology of moles and shrews. Vertebrate Zoology, 72, 857-881. doi.org/10.3897/vz.72.e85466
  • 11. Martinez, Q., & Naas, A. (2021). Digest: New insight into sensory trade‐off in phyllostomid bats. Evolution. doi.org/10.1111/evo.14343
  • 10. Vacher, J.-P., Chave, J., Ficetola, F., Sommeria-Klein, G., Tao S., Thébaud, C., Blanc, M., Camacho, A., Cassimiro, J., Colston, T. J., Dewynter, D., Ernst, R., Gaucher, P., Gomes, J. O., Jairam, R., Kok, P. J. R., Lima, J. D., Martinez, Q., Marty, C., Noonan, B. P., Nunes, P. M. S., Ouboter, P., Recoder, R., Rodrigues, M. T., Snyder, A., Marques-Souza, S., & Fouquet, A. (2020). Large scale DNA-based survey of Amazonian frogs suggest a vast underestimation of species richness and endemism. Journal of Biogeography, 47(8), 1781-1791. doi.org/10.1111/jbi.13847
  • 9. Martinez, Q., Clavel, J., Esselstyn, J. A., Achmadi, A. S., Grohé, C., Pirot, N., & Fabre, P. H. (2020). Convergent evolution of olfactory and thermoregulatory capacities in small amphibious mammals. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117(16), 8958-8965. doi.org/10.1073/pnas.1917836117
  • 8. Privet, K., Vedel, V., Fortunel, C., Orivel, J., Martinez, Q., Cerdan, A., Baraloto, C., & Pétillon, J. (2020). Relative Efficiency of Pitfall Trapping vs. Nocturnal Hand Collecting in Assessing Soil-Dwelling Spider Diversity along A Structural Gradient of Neotropical Habitats. Diversity, 12(2), 81. doi.org/10.3390/d12020081
  • 7. Martinez, Q., Lebrun, R., Achmadi, A. S., Esselstyn, J. A., Evans, A. R., Heaney, L. R., Portela Miguez, R., Rowe, C. K., & Fabre, P. H. (2018). Convergent evolution of an extreme dietary specialisation, the olfactory system of worm-eating rodents. Scientific reports, 8(1), 1-13. doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-35827-0
  • 6. Vacher J.-P., Kok P.J.R., Rodrigues M.T., Dias Lima J., Lorenzini A., Martinez Q., Fallet M., Courtois E.A., Blanc M., Gaucher P., Dewynter M., Jairam R., Ouboter P., Thébaud C. & Fouquet A. (2017). Cryptic diversity in Amazonian frogs: integrative taxonomy of the genus Anomaloglossus (Amphibia: Anura: Aromobatidae) reveals a unique case of diversification within the Guiana Shield. Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, 112, 158–173. doi.org/10.1016/j.ympev.2017.04.017
  • 5. Courtois, E. A., Michel, E., Martinez, Q., Pineau, K., Dewynter, M., Ficetola, G. F., & Fouquet, A. (2016). Taking the lead on climate change: modelling and monitoring the fate of an Amazonian frog. Oryx, 50(3), 450-459. doi.org/10.1017/S0030605315000083
  • 4. Fouquet, A., Martinez, Q., Zeidler L., Courtois E.A., Gaucher P., Blanc M., Dias Lima J., Marques Souza S., Rodrigues M. & Kok P.J.R. (2016). Cryptic diversity in the Hypsiboas semilineatus species group (Amphibia, Anura) with the description of a new species from the eastern Guiana Shield. Zootaxa, 4084(1), 79-104 doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4084.1.3
  • 3. Fouquet A., Orrico V. Dill, Ernst R., Blanc M., Martinez Q., Vacher J.-P., Rodrigues M.T., Ouboter P., Jairam R., Ron S. (2015). A new Dendropsophus Fitzinger, 1843 (Anura: Hylidae) of the parviceps group from the lowlands of the Guiana Shield. Zootaxa, 4052(1), 39–64 . doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4052.1.2
  • 2. Vedel, V., Cerdan, A., Martinez, Q., Baraloto, C., Petitclerc, F., Orivel, J., & Fortunel, C. (2015). Day-time vs. night-time sampling does not affect estimates of spider diversity across a land use gradient in the Neotropics. The Journal of Arachnology, 43(3), 413-416. 
  • 1. Fouquet A., Martinez Q., Courtois E. A., Dewynter M., Pineau K., Gaucher P., Blanc M., Marty C., Kok P. J. R. (2013). A new species of the genus Pristimantis (Amphibia, Craugastoridae) associated to the modest uplands of French Guiana. Zootaxa, 3750(5):569-586. doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.3750.5.8


Since 2022

  • Humboldt Research Fellowship, State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany


  • 3 years PhD in evolutionary biology, ISEM lab, Montpellier, France Olfactory and thermoregulatory capacities in small terrestrial mammals: a turbinal bone approach