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Mark McDonnell

Adaptation of Organisms to urban environments
science & technology
life sciences & biomedicine
environmental sciences & ecology
biodiversity & conservation
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Mark McDonnell

Primary Interest
Urban Ecology
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Mark McDonnell


Mark is an Honorary Principal Fellow in the School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Urban Ecology published by Oxford University Press. He served as the founding Director of the Australian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE) from 1998 until 2016 where he led a team of researchers focused on using urban ecological research to promote the creation of resilient, healthy and liveable cities.

For the past 5 years, he has also taught urban ecology courses to landscape architects, designers, planners and architects at The National University of Singapore’s School of Design and Environment. His research interests range widely and include the processes driving vegetation and ecosystem change, landscape ecology, and the structure and function of urban ecosystems and their conservation and management. He has conducted pioneering research on the study of urban-rural gradients and the comparative ecology of cities and towns around the globe. In all these areas, he is concerned about bringing high-quality ecological data and the understanding of basic ecological processes to bear on the design, building and management of urban environments. He has authored or co-authored over 150 scientific papers, reviews, book chapters, reports and articles and has published two edited books on urban ecology. He has served as a reviewer for a large number of international journals including Nature, Science, Ecology, Restoration Ecology, Conservation Biology and Landscape and Urban Planning to name a few. In addition, he has served on the editorial boards of Landscape and Urban Planning, Urban Ecosystems, City Green and Ecological Management and Restoration.

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Doctor of Philosophy

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Masters of Science

University of New Hampshire

Bachelor of Arts

Connecticut College