Prof. MarkMcDonnell is recognized as a world leader in the emerging discipline of urbanecology. For the last 18 years he has served as the founding Director of theAustralian Research Centre for Urban Ecology (ARCUE), which is a division ofthe Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria. Mark currently serves as theEditor-in-Chief of the Journal of Urban Ecology, which is an Open Accessjournal published by Oxford University Press. Mark has held honorary positionswith The School of BioSciences at the University of Melbourne, Shanghai Key Labfor Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration (SHUES) at East China NormalUniversity in Shanghai, China and the School of Design and Environment at theNational University of Singapore (NUS). He is currently on the Advisory Councilof the journal Urban Ecosystems, the Advisory Board of the journal CityGreenpublished by the National Parks Board, Singapore and on the editorial board ofUrban Naturalist.