Mark John Costello


An ecologist specialising in biogeography and global biodiversity, marine and freshwater ecology, Marine Protected Areas, and the effects of climate change on biodiversity, including aquaculture-environment interactions. He pioneered ‘ocean biodiversity informatics’; leading the establishment of the World Register of Marine Species and Ocean Biodiversity Information System databases. Mark has over 260 peer-reviewed publications cited 18,000 times, supervised 70 graduate students, and played leading roles in many international organisations, including the Group on Earth Observations Marine Biodiversity Observation Network and being a lead author in the recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change global 6th assessment where he co-led the Cross Cutting Chapter on Biodiversity Hotspots.

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