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Dr Mark Goddard

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

I am an urban ecologist interested in biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services in cities. I have worked on a diverse range of large interdisciplinary research projects across the UK, including:

  • Self-Repairing Cities (University of Leeds): researching the impact of automating cities with robots on urban biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • SUCCESS (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change, Newcastle University): investigating the trade-offs and synergies between carbon capture and other urban ecosystem services
  • Urban Pollinators: their Ecology and Conservation (University of Leeds): researching the current status of cities for UK pollinators and examining methods for enhancing urban habitats

In 2012, I completed my interdisciplinary PhD at Leeds on the ecological and social drivers of bird and bee diversity in residential landscapes. This work has led to an interest in how we can incentivise householders, communities and local authorities to manage cities more sympathetically for wildlife. This involves an understanding of how socio-economic factors and human decision-making influence the management of private gardens and other green spaces at multiple scales in urban ecosystems.

Collaborative research projects

I have collaborated with overseas researchers on a number of international urban biodiversity projects, including:

  • NCEAS Working Group (University of California, Santa Barbara) that has compiled the largest database to date of the flora and avifauna of cities around the world. 'Comparative Ecology of Cities: What Makes an Urban Biota 'Urban'?'.
  • SESYNC project (University of Maryland/SDiv Leipzig,Germany) on planning and policy approaches to managing urban biodiversity and ecosystem services. 'Ecological and Social Linkages among Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Policy and Management in the World’s Cities.
  • US National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network grant to build a global network called UrBioNet to support urban biodiversity research, monitoring and practice. 'UrBioNet: A Global Network for Urban Biodiversity Research and Practice'.

For more information please see my profile on Google Scholar or Twitter

Mark Goddard


Ecology PhD January 30 2012

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Passive CO2 removal in urban soils:, Jorat, M., Goddard, M., Manning, P., Kwan Lau, H., Ngeow, S., Sohi, S., Manning, D. 10 Feb 2020, In: Science of the Total Environment
  • Trade-offs and synergies in the ecosystem service demand of urban brownfield stakeholders, Washbourne, C., Goddard, M., Le Provost, G., Manning, D., Manning, P. 1 Apr 2020, In: Ecosystem Services
  • Urban socioeconomic inequality and biodiversity often converge, but not always: A global meta-analysis, Kuras, E., Warren, P., Zinda, J., Aronson, M., Cilliers, S., Goddard, M., Nilon, C., Winkler, R. 1 Jun 2020, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • A systems approach reveals urban pollinator hotspots and conservation opportunities, Baldock, K., Goddard, M., Hicks, D., Kunin, W., Mitschunas, N., Morse, H., Osgathorpe, L., Potts, S., Robertson, K., Scott, A., Staniczenko, P., Stone, G., Vaughan, I., Memmott, J. 1 Mar 2019, In: Nature Ecology and Evolution
  • The phylogenetic and functional diversity of regional breeding bird assemblages is reduced and constricted through urbanization, La Sorte, F., Lepczyk, C., Aronson, M., Goddard, M., Hedblom, M., Katti, M., MacGregor-Fors, I., Mörtberg, U., Nilon, C., Warren, P., Williams, N., Yang, J. 1 Jul 2018, In: Diversity and Distributions
  • Urban green infrastructure and ecosystem services in sub-Saharan Africa, du Toit, M., Cilliers, S., Dallimer, M., Goddard, M., Guenat, S., Cornelius, S. 1 Dec 2018, In: Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Beyond Ecosystem Services, Gunton, R., van Asperen, E., Basden, A., Bookless, D., Araya, Y., Hanson, D., Goddard, M., Otieno, G., Jones, G. 1 Apr 2017, In: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
  • Biodiversity in the city, Aronson, M., Lepczyk, C., Evans, K., Goddard, M., Lerman, S., MacIvor, J., Nilon, C., Vargo, T. 2 May 2017, In: Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
  • Biodiversity in the City, Lepczyk, C., Aronson, M., Evans, K., Goddard, M., Lerman, S., Macivor, J. 1 Sep 2017, In: BioScience
  • Ecological and social factors determining the diversity of birds in residential yards and gardens, Goddard, M., Ikin, K., Lerman, S. 10 Feb 2017, Ecology and Conservation of Birds in Urban Environments, Springer


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