Mark has held Professorial appointments at several Go8 universities in Australia. He has served as a member of the Board of Trustees for the World Agroforestry Centre in Nairobi, Kenya and in the same capacity for the Centre for International Forest Research, Bogor, Indonesia. Mark publishes widely with a focus on sustainability and biogeochemistry of natural and managed ecosystems. He has held a range of fellowships and awards in Australia, France, NZ and Germany.
Fire has been a constant element of his research since the 1982 and 1983 fires burnt his PhD study sites on the outskirts of Melbourne. His current research focuses on water, carbon and greenhouse gas emissions and how these are affected by climate and fire. He is particularly concerned that the general public are better informed about the need for human engagement in management of terrestrial ecosystems, as opposed to philosophies that suggest ‘nature rules’.