Portrait of Mark Fellowes

Mark Fellowes


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Personal profile

Personal profile

I have been passionate about wildlife since an early age, spending my formative years in the wilds of the west of Ireland surveying birds and bringing bits of the countryside into my home. I completed my BSc in Zoology at Imperial College London, and a PhD in Evolutionary Ecology at Imperial College at Silwood Park supervised by Professor Sir Charles Godfray FRS. Following a brief post-doctoral stint at the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial, I joined Reading as a lecturer in Zoology in 2000, progressing on to become Professor of Ecology, while also having senior leadership roles as Head of School of Biological Sciences, and latterly as Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic planning and Resources). I joined Royal Holloway in September 2023 as Professor of Zoology and Pro-Vice Chancellor (Academic Strategy, Planning and Resources), where my responsibilities include oversight of research.

Research interests

My research focuses on two areas. My current research focus is on how people affect ecological systems, primarily investigating how increasing urbanisation influences the diversity and distribution of birds, mammals, and insects. I also have a long history of studying host-parasitoid interactions, asking how variation in host or host plant phenotype affects defence and counter-defence at higher trophic levels. More recently, this has shifted to a focus on human perspectives through working on insect pests and how interactions are affected by urbanization. I also have linked research interests which encompass global conservation issues, including human-leopard conflict in South Africa, human-sloth bear conflict in eastern India, climate change and grakles in the USA, and interactions between people and macaws in urban Brazil. My developing work builds on links with researchers in the cerrado of southern Brazil, where we are at the initial stages of projects studying how increasing urbanization and intensification of agriculture is affecting the distribution and habitat use of pumas and jaguars.

Other work

I have been active in science communication and outreach, most notably editing and co-authoring four books in the 30-Second series of popular science books (Evolution, Biology, Ecology and Zoology, the latter of which was chosen as one of the natural history books of the year by BBC Wildlife magazine), and co-authored four editions of Garden Entomology booklet, which has been circulated nationally by the Royal Entomological Society. I have given many talks to conservation and wildlife groups and invited and plenary lectures at conferences, universities, and research institutes. I won a silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show for work on improving the biodiversity of lawns. I have also featured widely on broadcast (including Autumnwatch, Springwatch, and Countryfile Diaries twice), all national news channels, each of the main news programmes on Radio 4, and many times in print media across the world, including major pieces in the Guardian, Telegraph, Financial Times, New York Times and Scientific American.


I have a wide range of experience in teaching ecology and zoology, with an emphasis on fundamental patterns in ecology and the ecology, evolution and behaviour of birds. Connecting students with biodiversity in the field is fundamental to my approach, whether as practical work in local field classes, or through field trips and project supervision. I have led field courses to Scotland, Spain, Java and Borneo, Madagascar, and Ecuador and the Galapagos, and supervised students working in the Caribbean, Malaysia, Borneo and South Africa. Seventeen undergraduate students have coauthored papers with me, based on work they completed for their final-year projects. In the past I have acted as external examiner for Masters level programmes at the University of Glasgow and Harper Adams University, and led external reviews in the University of Lincoln.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Executive Coaching, Professional Certificate, Henley Business School, University of Reading


Award Date: 1 Sept 2022

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Award Date: 1 Jul 2022

Management, Postgraduate Certificate, Henley Business School, University of Reading


Award Date: 20 Feb 2013

Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology

Award Date: 1 May 2010

Evolutionary Ecology, PhD DIC, Evolution of Host Resistance to Parasitoid Attack, Imperial College London


Award Date: 1 Oct 1998

Zoology, BSc(Hons) ARCS, Imperial College London


Award Date: 1 Jul 1995

External positions

Visiting Professor, Universiti Putra Malaysia


Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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  • Ecology of Tropical Cities: Natural and Social Sciences Applied to the Conservation of Urban Biodiversity

    Angeoletto, F. (ed.), Tryjanowski, P. (ed.) & Fellowes, M. (ed.), 2024, (Accepted/In press) Switzerland: Springer, [Cham]. 1000 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  • Does urbanisation lead to parallel demographic shifts across the world in a cosmopolitan plant?

    Caizergues, A., Santangelo, J., Ness, R., Angeoletto, F., Anstett, D., Anstett, J., Baena-Diaz, F., Carlen, E., Chaves, J., Comerford, M., Dyson, K., Falahati-Anbaran, M., Fellowes, M. D. E., Hodgins, K., Hood, G., Iniguez-Armijos, C., Kooyers, N., Lazaro-Lobo, A., Moles, A., Munshi-South, J., & 6 othersPaule, J., Porth, I., Santiago-Rosario, L., Whitney, K., Tack, A. & Johnson, M., 11 Mar 2024, In: Molecular Ecology . e17311.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Subspecies limits based on morphometry and mitochondrial DNA genomics in a polytypic species, the common grackle, Quiscalus quiscula

    Capainolo, P., Perktas, U., Elverlcl, C. & Fellowes, M. D. E., May 2023, In: Biological Journal of the Linnean Society. 139, 1, p. 39-56 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

    Open Access
  • Global urban environmental change drives adaptation in white clover

    Santangelo, J. S., Ness, R. W., Cohan, B., Fitzpatrick, R. M., Innes, S. G., Koch, S., Miles, L. S., Munim, S., Peres-Neto, P. R., Prashad, C., Tong, A. T., Aguirre, W. E., Akinwole, P. O., Alberti, M., Álvarez, J., Anderson, J. T., Anderson, J. J., Ando, Y., Andrew, N. R., Angeoletto, F., & 267 othersAnstett, D. N., Anstett, J., Aoki-Gonçalves, F., Andis Arietta, A. Z., Arroyo, M. T. K., Austen, E. J., Baena-Díaz, F., Barker, C. A., Baylis, H. A., Beliz, J. M., Benitez-Mora, A., Bickford, D., Biedebach, G., Blackburn, G. S., Boehm, M. M. A., Bonser, S. P., Bonte, D., Bragger, J. R., Branquinho, C., Brans, K. I., Bresciano, J. C., Brom, P. D., Bucharova, A., Burt, B., Cahill, J. F., Campbell, K. D., Carlen, E. J., Carmona, D., Castellanos, M. C., Centenaro, G., Chalen, I., Chaves, J. A., Chávez-Pesqueira, M., Chen, X. Y., Chilton, A. M., Chomiak, K. M., Cisneros-Heredia, D. F., Cisse, I. K., Classen, A. T., Comerford, M. S., Fradinger, C. C., Corney, H., Crawford, A. J., Crawford, K. M., Dahirel, M., David, S., De Haan, R., Deacon, N. J., Dean, C., del-Val, E., Deligiannis, E. K., Denney, D., Dettlaff, M. A., DiLeo, M. F., Ding, Y. Y., Domínguez-López, M. E., Dominoni, D. M., Draud, S. L., Dyson, K., Ellers, J., Espinosa, C. I., Essi, L., Falahati-Anbaran, M., Falcão, J. C. F., Fargo, H. T., Fellowes, M. D. E., Fitzpatrick, R. M., Flaherty, L. E., Flood, P. J., Flores, M. F., Fornoni, J., Foster, A. G., Frost, C. J., Fuentes, T. L., Fulkerson, J. R., Gagnon, E., Garbsch, F., Garroway, C. J., Gerstein, A. C., Giasson, M. M., Girdler, E. B., Gkelis, S., Godsoe, W., Golemiec, A. M., Golemiec, M., González-Lagos, C., Gorton, A. J., Gotanda, K. M., Granath, G., Greiner, S., Griffiths, J. S., Grilo, F., Gundel, P. E., Hamilton, B., Hardin, J. M., He, T., Heard, S. B., Henriques, A. F., Hernández-Poveda, M., Hetherington-Rauth, M. C., Hill, S. J., Hochuli, D. F., Hodgins, K. A., Hood, G. R., Hopkins, G. R., Hovanes, K. A., Howard, A. R., Hubbard, S. C., Ibarra-Cerdeña, C. N., Iñiguez-Armijos, C., Jara-Arancio, P., Jarrett, B. J. M., Jeannot, M., Jiménez-Lobato, V., Johnson, M., Johnson, O., Johnson, P. P., Johnson, R., Josephson, M. P., Jung, M. C., Just, M. G., Kahilainen, A., Kailing, O. S., Kariñho-Betancourt, E., Karousou, R., Kirn, L. A., Kirschbaum, A., Laine, A. L., LaMontagne, J. M., Lampei, C., Lara, C., Larson, E. L., Lázaro-Lobo, A., Le, J. H., Leandro, D. S., Lee, C., Lei, Y., León, C. A., Lequerica Tamara, M. E., Levesque, D. C., Liao, W. J., Ljubotina, M., Locke, H., Lockett, M. T., Longo, T. C., Lundholm, J. T., MacGillavry, T., Mackin, C. R., Mahmoud, A. R., Manju, I. A., Mariën, J., Nayeli Martínez, D., Martínez-Bartolomé, M., Meineke, E. K., Mendoza-Arroyo, W., Merritt, T. J. S., Merritt, L. E. L., Migiani, G., Minor, E. S., Mitchell, N., Bazargani, M. M., Moles, A. T., Monk, J. D., Moore, C. M., Morales-Morales, P. A., Moyers, B. T., Muñoz-Rojas, M., Munshi-South, J., Murphy, S. M., Murúa, M. M., Neila, M., Nikolaidis, O., Njunji, I., Nosko, P., Núñez-Farfán, J., Ohgushi, T., Olsen, K. M., Opedal, Ø. H., Ornelas, C., Parachnowitsch, A. L., Paratore, A. S., Parody-Merino, A. M., Paule, J., Paulo, O. S., Pena, J. C., Pfeiffer, V. W., Pinho, P., Piot, A., Porth, I. M., Poulos, N., Puentes, A., Qu, J., Quintero-Vallejo, E., Raciti, S. M., Raeymaekers, J. A. M., Raveala, K. M., Rennison, D. J., Ribeiro, M. C., Richardson, J. L., Rivas-Torres, G., Rivera, B. J., Roddy, A. B., Rodriguez-Muñoz, E., Román, J. R., Rossi, L. S., Rowntree, J. K., Ryan, T. J., Salinas, S., Sanders, N. J., Santiago-Rosario, L. Y., Savage, A. M., Scheepens, J. F., Schilthuizen, M., Schneider, A. C., Scholier, T., Scott, J. L., Shaheed, S. A., Shefferson, R. P., Shepard, C. A., Shykoff, J. A., Silveira, G., Smith, A. D., Solis-Gabriel, L., Soro, A., Spellman, K. V., Whitney, K. S., Starke-Ottich, I., Stephan, J. G., Stephens, J. D., Szulc, J., Szulkin, M., Tack, A. J. M., Tamburrino, Í., Tate, T. D., Tergemina, E., Theodorou, P., Thompson, K. A., Threlfall, C. G., Tinghitella, R. M., Toledo-Chelala, L., Tong, X., Uroy, L., Utsumi, S., Vandegehuchte, M. L., VanWallendael, A., Vidal, P. M., Wadgymar, S. M., Wang, A. Y., Wang, N., Warbrick, M. L., Whitney, K. D., Wiesmeier, M., Tristian Wiles, J., Wu, J., Xirocostas, Z. A., Yan, Z., Yao, J., Yoder, J. B., Yoshida, O., Zhang, J., Zhao, Z., Ziter, C. D., Zuellig, M. P., Zufall, R. A., Zurita, J. E., Zytynska, S. E. & Johnson, M. T. J., 18 Mar 2022, In: Science. 375, 6586, p. 1275-1281 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review