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Mark completed his BSc. (hons) in Zoology from the University of Melbourne, Australia in 1995. Following this, he worked for the British Antarctic Survey, spending two and a half years on their research station at Bird Island, South Georgia. While ‘south’, Mark conducted research on the breeding and foraging ecology of Antarctic fur seals, penguins, and albatrosses using radio and satellite telemetry. He was also involved in mark-recapture tagging studies on leopard seals, and conducted aerial surveys of penguin colonies around Sth Georgia. Back in the UK, Mark worked on a variety of projects including research on the circumpolar distribution and population structure of Antarctic krill.
In 2003, Mark moved to Ireland to take up PhD studies at University College Cork on the design and monitoring of marine reserves, in collaboration with researchers from University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast. In 2007, Mark was awarded a 2-year EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) funded fellowship to investigate nutrient and ecosystem dynamics in Irish marine reserves.
Mark joined the Marine Ecology Group of the CMRC in January 2010 where he is undertaking diet and telemetry studies on seabirds and seals as well as contributing to a range of other projects. He is working on the HEA (Higher Education Authority) funded PRTLI 4 'Ecosystems and Climate Change', the Beaufort 'Ecosystems Approach to Fisheries Management', and the EU FP7 'Knowledge-based Sustainable Management of Europe's Seas (KNOWSEAS)' projects.
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