Ecologist and Project Manager
Mark is an experienced ecologist and project manager with 14 years’ experience in commercial consultancy and in conservation in the not-for-profit sector.
Mark started his career growing cocoa in Papua New Guinea before working in horticultural research for the Department of Primary Industries in the Northern Territory.
Prior to moving to the Northern Rivers, Mark worked as a senior ecologist with a leading UK consultancy on a number of major infrastructure projects including the HS2 (High Speed 2) rail link and power transmission lines from the planned Hinkley power station in southwest England. Mark also worked with clients involved in large housing developments, mineral extraction, and wind power projects. Whilst in the UK, Mark co-authored two published papers on Hazel Dormouse and presented one of these at the 8th International Dormouse Conference in Gorlitz, Germany.
Since returning to Australia, Mark has undertaken vegetation surveys/monitoring for a major energy company in south-central Queensland and surveys for threatened fauna and flora for a mineral extraction/remediation project in northern NSW. Mark also has been involved in voluntary wildlife rescue in the Northern Rivers and has experience in handling a variety of fauna including birds, reptiles (including venomous snakes), amphibians, and terrestrial mammals, for which he has particular experience with Koalas.
Mark has a strong background in adult education and has developed wildlife and conservation related training across a number of sectors.
Bachelor of Teaching: Northern Territory University
MSc Countryside Management: Manchester Metropolitan University (UK)
Full member of the Ecological Society of Australia
Full Member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) (UK)
Friends of the Koala Management Committee Member and Risk Coordinator. Mark is also a Koala rescuer and carer.
Active member of Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers