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Research interests

I am an urban ecologist working on biodiversity conservation and the provision of ecosystem services in cities where most of us live and work. My research encompasses a wide range of taxa and habitats, but I have a particular interest in insect pollinators, birds, private gardens and brownfields. We cannot understand urban ecosystems without considering people and my research also investigates the social drivers and barriers around biodiversity management in cities. People benefit in many ways from urban nature and enabling equitable access to these benefits is one of my research priorities.

I have worked on a diverse range of interdisciplinary research projects across the UK. Some recent projects include:

  • Making Space for Young People. How does ecosystem quality affect nature connectedness and health in young people? A pilot project of the NERC QUENCH network
  • 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 Bristol/Leeds): researching the current status of cities for UK pollinators and examining methods for enhancing urban habitats

I also collaborate with overseas researchers on international urban biodiversity projects, for example:

  • NCEAS Working Group (University of California, Santa Barbara). 'Comparative Ecology of Cities: What Makes an Urban Biota 'Urban'?'.
  • SESYNC project (University of Maryland/SDiv Leipzig, Germany). 'Ecological and Social Linkages among Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Policy and Management in the World’s Cities.
  • The Urban Biodiversity Research Coordination Network (UrBioNet). A network that brings together researchers, practitioners, and students with an interest in biodiversity in cities, funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

I am currently Special Features Editor for the Springer Nature Journal, Urban Ecosystems.

I am proud to be a Trustee of the Wildlife Gardening Forum, a UK charity that seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of gardens for wildlife and people. 

For more information about my research please see my profile on Google Scholar or Twitter.


Research Group

Federica Paradiso, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2021-25. Project title: “Making space for urban pollinators: Strategies for enabling coexistence between honeybees and wild pollinators in cities”. Principal supervisor Mark Goddard; Co-supervisors Dr Katherine Baldock, Dr Matthew Pound, Dr Rinke Vinkenoog (Northumbria University), Prof. Mark Whittingham (Newcastle University).

Caitlin Cook, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2023-2027. Project title: “Astro-turfing the city: Quantifying the impact of artificial lawns on the structure and function of urban ecosystems”. Principal supervisor Mark Goddard; Co-supervisors Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller (Northumbria University), Dr Rachel Gaulton (Newcastle University), Dr Chloe Sutcliffe (Royal Horticultural Society).

Francesca Martelli, Northumbria RDF PhD student, 2021-2024. Project title: “Interactions between pollinators and people: assessing the socio-economic drivers of garden and allotment management and implications for urban pollinators communities”. Principal supervisor: Dr Katherine Baldock; Co-supervisors Mark Goddard, Prof. Alister Scott.

Kevin Stott, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2020-2024. Project title: “The role of soil ecology and microbiology in sustainable carbon capture (carbonate precipitation) within artificial soils incorporating industry by-products”. Principal supervisor Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Angela Sherry, Prof. Neil Gray

Beatrice Dale, Northumbria NERC One Planet DTP Student 2021-2025. Project title: “Quantifying the importance of tree floral resources for pollinators in urban landscapes”. Principal supervisor: Dr Katherine Baldock; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Matthew Pound, Dr Rinke Vinkenoog, Prof. Darren Evans

Sarah Woods, Northumbria PhD Student, 2023-26. Project title: 'Nocturnal pollinators in the Anthropocene: How are nocturnal Lepidoptera affected by urbanisation and other anthropogenic factors?'. Principal supervisor Dr Andy Suggitt; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Katherine Baldock.

Rosie McCallum, Newcastle NERC One Planet DTP Student 2023-2027. Project title: “How does post-industrial land regeneration contribute to Biodiversity net gain in the UK?”. Principal supervisor Dr Elisa Lopez-Capel; Co-supervisors Dr Mark Goddard, Dr Miranda Prendergast-Miller, Dr Katherine Baldock, Dr Ankush Prashar.



  • 2022-present, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • 2019-2022, Vice Chancellor’s Research Fellow, Department of Geography and Environmental Sciences, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
  • 2018-2019, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Sustainability Research Institute, School of Earth and Environment, University of Leeds, UK
  • 2014-2017, Post-doctoral Research Associate, School of Natural and Environmental Sciences, Newcastle University, UK
  • 2011-2014, Research Assistant, School of Biology, University of Leeds, UK.
  • 2012, PhD (Urban Ecology), University of Leeds, UK
  • 2003, MRes (Ecology & Environmental Management), University of York, UK
  • 2001, BSc (Zoology), University of Nottingham, UK

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
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Education/Academic qualification

Ecology, PhD, University of Leeds

1 Oct 200730 Jan 2012

Award Date: 30 Jan 2012


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