Areas of Expertise
- Biodiversity conservation planning
- Geospatial analysis for conservation planning
- Biodiversity program design and adaptive management
Education & Certificates
Ph.D, Ecology, Duke University
M.S., Conservation Ecology and Sustainable Development, University of Georgia
B.A., Molecular Biology, Princeton University
Mark is a biodiversity and development specialist with over 15 years of experience in the study and protection of the world’s most biodiverse and carbon-rich landscapes. As a fellow at Duke University and the Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, Mark developed and applied methods for mapping biodiversity and biomass in Amazonian forests, using a combination of orbital, aerial, and field data. As a biodiversity and climate change advisor, and science advisor at USAID he used this experience to develop USAID’s five-year Amazon strategy in cooperation with USAID country staff, aimed at reducing the impact of extractive industry and infrastructure on Amazonian forests. He has lived and worked in Peru, Ecuador, Panama, Costa Rica, and in the US and Europe, and is passionate about international biodiversity conservation.
At Environmental Incentives, Mark uses these skills to improve USAID program design globally by integrating biodiversity design with key development sectors including food, water, and global climate change, as part of the Measuring Impact procurement. Mark also works to promote the use of best practices and adaptive management in USAID procurement, and provides direct technical assistance to USAID field missions.
Mark believes in conservation and development strategies that afford strong protection for critical ecosystems and species, while providing developing populations the abundance and autonomy they need to realize their aspirations.