Marc is Professor and Program Director in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management at the University of Queensland where he is responsible for co‐ordinating the conservation and environmental management programs.
In addition to his administrative duties, he maintains a full teaching, postgraduate supervision and research program. He recently led the review of environmental management programs at the university.
Following undergraduate and postgraduate research degrees in zoology, Marc worked for the Queensland National Parks Service for 15 years, where he gained experience in diverse aspects of conservation and protected area management. His doctorate was on the evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas and his current research interests focus on issues of monitoring and evaluation in conservation management. He has published more than 50 academic journal papers, book chapters, monographs and peer-reviewed conference papers and numerous published reports.
He is an Honorary fellow at UNEP-WCMC and is long-term member of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) through its World Commission on Protected Areas where he leads the global program on Science and Management of Protected Areas. He is also a member of the Commission’s Executive Committee. Marc was the principal author of the IUCN’s best practice guidelines on evaluation of management effectiveness in protected areas. He obtained a US$2 million grant from the UN Foundation for a project that applied these guidelines in nine World Heritage sites in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. The project was conducted through the University of Queensland and under the auspices of the UNESCO World Heritage Centre and IUCN. In total, he has obtained in excess of $3 million in research funding including two ARC Linkage projects. He is currently a CI on three research projects with colleagues at the University of Tasmania (on implications of climate change on marine and coastal governance), James Cook University (on modelling costs of management of protected areas) and Charles Darwin University (on assessing Indigenous land management).
In 2009 he led teams assessing management of the Korean National Parks system and the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park in Australia and he is currently working as project leader on similar projects in Colombia, Thailand and the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador. He is a regular invited keynote speaker at international conferences and meetings and has represented IUCN at many official intergovernmental forums such as the Convention on Biodiversity and the World Heritage Convention. He is an honorary Senior Fellow at the UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK. In 2008 he received the Kenton R. Miller Award for Innovation in Protected Area Sustainability for his work on management effectiveness.