Mark’s research interests include evolutionary and ecological dynamics of benthic marine organisms, with emphasis on corals, algae and, more recently, microbes.
Currently, his work focuses on the earliest life stages of corals and the processes that operate during these earliest life stages. The results of all scientific work conducted at CARMABI are disseminated through the organisation’s local network (i.e. parks, museums, educational programs) to stakeholder groups that are directly or indirectly involved with coral reef management and conservation.
Mark also works as an associate professor for the Institute of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Dynamics (IBED) at the University of Amsterdam and is an editor for the journal Coral Reefs.