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Dr Mark Goddard

Assistant Professor

Department: Geography and Environmental Sciences

Research interests

I am an urban ecologist working on biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services in cities where most of us live and work. My research encompasses a wide range of taxa and habitats, but I have a particular interest in insect pollinators, birds, private gardens and brownfields. We cannot understand urban ecosystems without considering people and my research also investigates the social drivers and barriers around biodiversity management in cities. People benefit in many ways from urban nature and enabling equitable access to these benefits is one of my research priorities.

I have worked on a diverse range of interdisciplinary research projects across the UK. Some recent projects include:

  • Making Space for Young People. How does ecosystem quality affect nature connectedness and health in young people? A pilot project of the NERC QUENCH network
  • 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 Bristol/Leeds): researching the current status of cities for UK pollinators and examining methods for enhancing urban habitats

I also collaborate with overseas researchers on international urban biodiversity projects, for example:

  • NCEAS Working Group (University of California, Santa Barbara). 'Comparative Ecology of Cities: What Makes an Urban Biota 'Urban'?'.
  • SESYNC project (University of Maryland/SDiv Leipzig, Germany). 'Ecological and Social Linkages among Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Policy and Management in the World’s Cities.
  • The Urban Biodiversity Research Coordination Network (UrBioNet). A network that brings together researchers, practitioners, and students with an interest in biodiversity in cities, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

I am currently Special Features Editor for the Springer Nature Journal, Urban Ecosystems.

I am proud to be a Trustee of the Wildlife Gardening Forum, a UK charity that seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of gardens for wildlife and people. 

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


Research Group

Federica Paradiso, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2021-25. Project title: “Making space for urban pollinators: Strategies for enabling coexistence between honeybees and wild pollinators in cities”. Principal supervisor Mark Goddard; Co-supervisors Dr Katherine Baldock, Dr Matthew Pound, Dr Rinke Vinkenoog (Northumbria University), Prof. Mark Whittingham (Newcastle University).

Caitlin Cook, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2023-2027. Project title: “Astro-turfing the city: Quantifying the impact of artificial lawns on the structure and function of urban ecosystems”. Principal supervisor Mark Goddard; Co-supervisors Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller (Northumbria University), Dr Rachel Gaulton (Newcastle University), Dr Chloe Sutcliffe (Royal Horticultural Society).

Francesca Martelli, Northumbria RDF PhD student, 2021-2024. Project title: “Interactions between pollinators and people: assessing the socio-economic drivers of garden and allotment management and implications for urban pollinators communities”. Principal supervisor: Dr Katherine Baldock; Co-supervisors Mark Goddard, Prof. Alister Scott.

Kevin Stott, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2020-2024. Project title: “The role of soil ecology and microbiology in sustainable carbon capture (carbonate precipitation) within artificial soils incorporating industry by-products”. Principal supervisor Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Angela Sherry, Prof. Neil Gray

Beatrice Dale, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2021-2025. Project title: “Quantifying the importance of tree floral resources for pollinators in urban landscapes”. Principal supervisor: Dr Katherine Baldock; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Matthew Pound, Dr Rinke Vinkenoog, Prof. Darren Evans

Sarah Woods, Northumbria PhD Student, 2023-26. Project title: 'Nocturnal pollinators in the Anthropocene: How are nocturnal Lepidoptera affected by urbanisation and other anthropogenic factors?'. Principal supervisor Dr Andy Suggitt; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Katherine Baldock.

Rosie McCallum, Newcastle NERC One Planet DTP Student 2023-2027. Project title: “How does post-industrial land regeneration contribute to Biodiversity net gain in the UK?”. Principal supervisor Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller, Dr Katherine Baldock, Dr Ankush Prashar.



  • 2022-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • 2019-2022, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • 2018-2019, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2014-2017, Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
  • 2011-2014, Research Assistant, School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK.
  • 2012, PhD (Urban Ecology), University of Leeds, UK
  • 2003, MRes (Ecology & Environmental Management), University of York, UK
  • 2001, BSc (Zoology), University of Nottingham, UK
Mark Goddard

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Cities are Planning for Biodiversity: A global survey of city plans, O’Neill, K., Aronson, M., Nilon, C., Cilliers, S., Dobbs, C., Frazee, L., Goddard, M., Roberts, D., Stander, E., Werner, P., Yocom, K. 16 Oct 2023, Routledge Handbook of Urban Biodiversity, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Humanity for Habitat: Residential Yards as an Opportunity for Biodiversity Conservation, Lerman, S., Larson, K., Narango, D., Goddard, M., Marra, P. 1 Sep 2023, In: BioScience
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems for Environmental Sustainability: Monitoring Terrestrial Biodiversity, Pringle, S., Davies, Z., Goddard, M., Dallimer, M., Hart, E., Le Goff, L., Langdale, S. 16 Oct 2023
  • Scaling-Up the Management and Conservation of Urban Biodiversity, Lerman, S., Cubino, J., Goddard, M. 16 Oct 2023, Routledge Handbook of Urban Biodiversity, London, Taylor & Francis
  • Soil management and engineering for blue-green infrastructure, Goddard, M., Glanville, H., Comadran-Casas, C., Jorat, M., Manning, D., Prendergast-Miller, M., Stott, K. 6 Jan 2023, ICE Manual of Blue-Green Infrastructure, ICE Publishing
  • Can biodiverse streetscapes mitigate the effects of noise and air pollution on human wellbeing?, Fisher, J., Rankin, E., Irvine, K., Goddard, M., Davies, Z., Dallimer, M. 1 Sep 2022, In: Environmental Research
  • Pollinators and people: social impacts on garden management and urban pollinator conservation, Martelli, F., Baldock, K., Goddard, M., Scott, A. 29 Mar 2022, Student Conference on Conservation Science
  • A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems, Goddard, M., Davies, Z., Guenat, S., Ferguson, M., Fisher, J., Akanni, A., Ahjokoski, T., Anderson, P., Angeoletto, F., Antoniou, C., Bates, A., Barkwith, A., Berland, A., Bouch, C., Rega-Brodsky, C., Byrne, L., Cameron, D., Canavan, R., Chapman, T., Connop, S., Crossland, S., Dade, M., Dawson, D., Dobbs, C., Downs, C., Ellis, E., Escobedo, F., Gobster, P., Gulsrud, N., Guneralp, B., Hahs, A., Hale, J., Hassall, C., Hedblom, M., Hochuli, D., Inkinen, T., Ioja, I., Kendal, D., Knowland, T., Kowarik, I., Langdale, S., Lerman, S., MacGregor-Fors, I., Manning, P., Massini, P., Mclean, S., Mkwambisi, D., Ossola, A., Luque, G., Pérez-Urrestarazu, L., Perini, K., Perry, G., Pett, T., Plummer, K., Radji, R., Roll, U., Potts, S., Rumble, H., Sadler, J., De Saille, S., Sautter, S., Scott, C., Shwartz, A., Smith, T., Snep, R., Soulsbury, C., Stanley, M., Van De Voorde, T., Venn, S., Warren, P., Washbourne, C., Whitling, M., Williams, N., Yang, J., Yeshitela, K., Yocom, K., Dallimer, M. 1 Feb 2021, In: Nature Ecology & Evolution
  • Nature-based Solutions and the Built Environment, Cadotte, M., Bader, E., Chamberlain, B., Goddard, M., MacIvor, J. May 2021, Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change in the UK, London, British Ecological Society
  • Pollinators and people: social and environmental impacts on garden management and urban pollinator communities, Martelli, F., Baldock, K., Goddard, M., Scott, A. 15 Dec 2021, British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2021

  • Caitlin Cook Astro-turfing the city: quantifying the impact of artificial lawns on the structure and function of urban ecosystems Start Date: 01/10/2023
  • Federica Paradiso Making space for urban pollinators: Strategies for enabling coexistence between honeybees and wild pollinators in cities Start Date: 01/10/2021

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