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I am an urban ecologist interested in biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services in cities. I have worked on a diverse range of large interdisciplinary research projects across the UK, including:

  • Self-Repairing Cities (University of Leeds): researching the impact of automating cities with robots on urban biodiversity and ecosystem function
  • SUCCESS (Sustainable Urban Carbon Capture: Engineering Soils for Climate Change, Newcastle University): investigating the trade-offs and synergies between carbon capture and other urban ecosystem services
  • Urban Pollinators: their Ecology and Conservation (University of Leeds): researching the current status of cities for UK pollinators and examining methods for enhancing urban habitats

In 2012, I completed my interdisciplinary PhD at Leeds on the ecological and social drivers of bird and bee diversity in residential landscapes. This work has led to an interest in how we can incentivise householders, communities and local authorities to manage cities more sympathetically for wildlife. This involves an understanding of how socio-economic factors and human decision-making influence the management of private gardens and other green spaces at multiple scales in urban ecosystems.

Collaborative research projects

I have collaborated with overseas researchers on a number of international urban biodiversity projects, including:

  • NCEAS Working Group (University of California, Santa Barbara) that has compiled the largest database to date of the flora and avifauna of cities around the world. 'Comparative Ecology of Cities: What Makes an Urban Biota 'Urban'?'.
  • SESYNC project (University of Maryland/SDiv Leipzig,Germany) on planning and policy approaches to managing urban biodiversity and ecosystem services. 'Ecological and Social Linkages among Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Policy and Management in the World’s Cities.
  • US National Science Foundation (NSF) Research Coordination Network grant to build a global network called UrBioNet to support urban biodiversity research, monitoring and practice. 'UrBioNet: A Global Network for Urban Biodiversity Research and Practice'.

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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 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology, PhD, University of Leeds

1 Oct 200730 Jan 2012

Award Date: 30 Jan 2012


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  • Can biodiverse streetscapes mitigate the effects of noise and air pollution on human wellbeing?

    Fisher, J. C., Rankin, E., Irvine, K., Goddard, M. A., Davies, Z. G. & Dallimer, M., 1 Sept 2022, In: Environmental Research. 212, Part A, 10 p., 113154.

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  • A global horizon scan of the future impacts of robotics and autonomous systems on urban ecosystems

    Goddard, M. A., Davies, Z. G., Guenat, S., Ferguson, M. J., Fisher, J. C., Akanni, A., Ahjokoski, T., Anderson, P. M. L., Angeoletto, F., Antoniou, C., Bates, A. J., Barkwith, A., Berland, A., Bouch, C. J., Rega-Brodsky, C. C., Byrne, L. B., Cameron, D., Canavan, R., Chapman, T., Connop, S., & 57 othersCrossland, S., Dade, M. C., Dawson, D. A., Dobbs, C., Downs, C. T., Ellis, E. C., Escobedo, F. J., Gobster, P., Gulsrud, N. M., Guneralp, B., Hahs, A. K., Hale, J. D., Hassall, C., Hedblom, M., Hochuli, D. F., Inkinen, T., Ioja, I-C., Kendal, D., Knowland, T., Kowarik, I., Langdale, S. J., Lerman, S. B., MacGregor-Fors, I., Manning, P., Massini, P., Mclean, S., Mkwambisi, D. D., Ossola, A., Luque, G. P., Pérez-Urrestarazu, L., Perini, K., Perry, G., Pett, T. J., Plummer, K. E., Radji, R. A., Roll, U., Potts, S. G., Rumble, H., Sadler, J. P., De Saille, S., Sautter, S., Scott, C. E., Shwartz, A., Smith, T., Snep, R. P. H., Soulsbury, C. D., Stanley, M. C., Van De Voorde, T., Venn, S. J., Warren, P. H., Washbourne, C-L., Whitling, M., Williams, N. S. G., Yang, J., Yeshitela, K., Yocom, K. P. & Dallimer, M., 1 Feb 2021, In: Nature Ecology & Evolution. 5, 2, p. 219-230

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  • Nature-based Solutions and the Built Environment

    Cadotte, M. W., Bader, E., Chamberlain, B., Goddard, M. A. & MacIvor, J. S., May 2021, Nature-based Solutions for Climate Change in the UK: A Report by the British Ecological Society. Stafford, R., Chamberlain, B., Clavey, L., Gillingham, P. K., McKain, S., Morecroft, M. D., Morrison-Bell, C. & Watts, O. (eds.). London: British Ecological Society, p. 121-133 13 p.

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  • Passive CO2 removal in urban soils: Evidence from brownfield sites

    Jorat, M. E., Goddard, M., Manning, P., Kwan Lau, H., Ngeow, S., Sohi, S. & Manning, D., 10 Feb 2020, In: Science of the Total Environment. 703, 9 p., 135573.

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    12 Citations (Scopus)
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  • Trade-offs and synergies in the ecosystem service demand of urban brownfield stakeholders

    Washbourne, C-L., Goddard, M., Le Provost, G., Manning, D. & Manning, P., 1 Apr 2020, In: Ecosystem Services. 42, 101074.

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    21 Citations (Scopus)
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