BSc (Biology), PhD (Biology-Western Sydney University), PhD (Electrical Engineering-University of Bath)
Mark is senior lecturer at CSU's School of Dentistry and Health Sciences. He has developed innovative methods for studying insects and their behaviour using non-invasive imaging which is now termed Diagnostic Radioentomology (DR). Mark is a NHMRC Expert Peer Reviewer, Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society, Patron of the ANU Apiculture Society and a member of the Australian Entomological Society. He has been involved in the management of Australian stingless bees and European Honeybees since 1991.
Mark has collaborated with the BBC televised program 'metamorphosis', the BBC Earth series and with Sir David Attenborough's three part series 'Micromonsters'. Mark was an invited, expert consultant to the UK Parliamentary and Scientific Committee meeting for 'The Importance of Bees' Tuesday 9 July 2013 at The House of Commons, London.
He has published 21 papers in internationally recognised peer reviewed journals and he currently lectures at various institutions such as the London Museum of Natural History, Royal Society. In 2008 he received the inaugural Dr Eva Crane award from the International Bee Research Association for best original research paper where DR was described as an emerging non-invasive technique for behavioural, evolutionary and classical biologists who need to study animals without harming them.
The effects of pathogens on brain and behaviour in bees.This research will develop a more powerful, accurate and non-invasive method for diagnosing pathogen dispersal within honeybee colonies. A tracking system, using X-ray Computerised Tomography (CT), will be developed to show how and when honeybees pass food from one bee to another within the hive. Human body CT scanners will be used to visualise the inside of honeybee hives. The food will be labelled and will contain pathogen so that the 3-D X-ray imaging produced by the CT scanning can track how and when the pathogen is spread within the hive. The method will also be valuable for other insect pollinators such as bumble bees, solitary bees, ants, wasps and also for the commercially important species of termites.