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Dr Mark Mulligan

Professor Mark Mulligan

Professor of Physical & Environmental Geography

Research interests

  • Geography

Biography

Dr Mark Mulligan completed his undergraduate degree in geography at the University of Bristol from 1988-1991. After a brief period in the rainforests of Brunei with the then Royal Geographical Society (RGS) Brunei Rainforest Expedition, he moved to King’s for his PhD on 'Modelling hydrology and vegetation change in a degraded semi-arid area', supervised by Professor John Thornes.

Mark took up the post of Lecturer in Geography at King’s in September 1994 at the age of 24 and has been teaching and researching in the Department since, with a year (2003-2004) research secondment to Istituto di Botanica, Universita' di Napoli, Italy.

In 2003, Mark was appointed Reader in Geography and in 2004 was awarded the Royal Geographical Society – Institute of British Geographers Gill Memorial Award for ‘innovative monitoring and modelling’ of environmental systems. 

Mark is an honorary fellow at the United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC), adjunct Doctoral Graduate Faculty at Texas State University 2007-2012, and trustee of PROAVES UK.

Research

  • Development and application of spatial policy support systems
  • Agriculture, land use change and climate change impacts on water and ecosystems
  • Ecosystem services mapping and modelling
  • Tropical forests and tropical montane cloud forests
  • Environmental modelling, environmental Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and environmental monitoring with open source hardware.

Mark's research interests include climate, hydrology and vegetation processes and dynamics, their interactions with each other and with human activity in the Mediterranean and tropical humid environments. His research applies high-tech field monitoring based on his open-source designs at www.freestation.org and distributed process-based computer modelling.

He is committed to science in the service of society and has thus focused (collaboratively with industrial partners) on making his research results available to industrial and policy-oriented users through decision support tools at www.policysupport.org and web-based modelling tools and data distribution systems at geodata.policysupport.org.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Personal tutor (Years 1, 2 and 3) 
  • Academic tutor (Year 1)
  • Deputy chair (Undergraduate exam board)
  • Geography BSc (Dissertation supervisor)
  • 6SSG3030 Tropical Forests in a Changing Environment 

Postgraduate

  • Academic tutor
  • Environmental Monitoring, Modelling and Management MSc (Convenor)
  • Geography MA/MSc (Convenor)
  • 7SSG5031 Modelling Environmental Change At The Land Surface
  • 7SSG5109 Environmental Geographical Information Systems 
  • 7SSG5035 Monitoring Environmental Change
  • 7SSG5111 Environmental Research Design and Applications
  • Dissertation in MA/MSc Geography
  • Contributor: Seminars in Environmental Management

PhD supervision

Mark welcomes PhD students looking to research a variety of topics regarding policy support, ecosystem service evaluation and environmental change, at scales from local to global and with particular emphasis on tropical forests and semi-arid drylands.

He works with a large body of (mainly overseas) PhD students, having been the principal supervisor for the successful completion of 32 PhD candidates since 2000. View a full list current and existing PhD students.

Further details

See Mark's research profile

    Research

    earth-banner
    Physical & Environmental Geography research group

    Researching the interactions between the Earth’s hydrological, geomorphological, atmospheric and ecological processes at different geographical scales.

    climate change hero
    King's Climate Research Hub

    Studying climate change through the relationship between science, policy and culture, particularly in the developing world.

    King's Water Centre Web Banner
    King's Water Centre

    Researching water, environment and development. Our centre spans the humanities, social, and physical sciences to explore the challenges of water governance from global to local scales.

    GeocompEnvironment
    Geodata Portal

    A public environmental data portal providing information (raw and visualised) to the scientific and conservation communities.

    Project status: Ongoing

    lidar_image_london_Kelly
    Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing Hub

    The Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing (EOES) Hub is an interdisciplinary research group at the Department of Geography, King’s College London.

    PEES image
    Political Ecology, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

    The Political Ecology, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (PEBES) group provides a collaborative focus for work on the social (re)production of nature, environmental conservation and resource management.

    climate change hero
    Climate researchers at King’s

    King's researchers working across climate and sustainability

    News

    New installation on the Strand will imagine a climate-positive mythical world

    Acclaimed design studio Superflux and King’s Culture present 'The Quiet Enchanting', an installation inspired by King’s climate and sustainability research

    A stag stands in a pool of light to the left of the image. The floor is rocky, to the right is a tree trunk and in the background a dimly lit grand building.

    Noise and air pollution reduced in pedestrianised part of London, early signs suggest

    Preliminary data from King’s monitoring stations suggests significant reduction in noise and particulate air pollution thanks to the pedestrianisation of...

    Image shows an areal shot of the Srand Aldwych area in central London

    Transformed Strand Aldwych redevelopment officially opened

    Pedestrianisation in the heart of historic London creates a welcoming public space, as well as an exciting platform for research, learning, art and performance

    Image shows an areal shot of the Srand Aldwych area in central London

    Protecting areas most important to people will benefit nature too

    Prioritising nature conservation in areas that directly benefit humans would lead to more equitable and just conservation decisions, finds major global study.

    Earth image

    Progressive water policy needs to be intrinsically linked to human rights and sustainability

    King’s Water Centre has launched four policy papers that explore how we can ensure we have a just and sustainable water future.

    water in sink promo

    Noise levels on Strand fall by a quarter thanks to new pedestrianisation scheme in London's cultural centre, King's researchers find

    Researchers are assessing the ‘net impact’ of a new pedestrianisation scheme in central London on air quality, traffic, noise and the local economy.

    Concept artwork for the Strand Aldwych redevelopment

    Clean water and carbon storage will be vital for biodiversity

    A new paper, published in Nature, Ecology and Evolution, has found that protection of land important to both carbon sequestration and clean water supply is...

    Rainforest trees

    More than 160,000 miles of rivers at risk of losing "free-flowing" status

    More than 160,000 miles (~257,000 km) of rivers are in danger of losing their “free-flowing status” as a result of proposed new hydropower dam construction,...

    Hydropower Dam

    Only one-third of the World's longest rivers remain free-flowing

    New research finds only 37% the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing thanks to the increase in artificial dams and reservoirs.

    River fragmentation caused by dams

    Events

    15JunStrand Aldwych areal view

    Clean Air Day: walking tour of Strand Aldwych pollution monitoring stations

    Join Professor Mark Mulligan and Dr Arnout van Soesbergen on a guided tour of the Strand Aldwych project and the network of weather and pollution monitoring...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    11JulChalkwell Beach sunset

    London Rivers Week 2022 – Walk: Sustainable development, renewables, flooding and nature conservation

    Free guided walking tour from Chalkwell Beach, as part of London Rivers Week 2022. The walk will focus on understanding the Thames Estuary, in particular...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    22JulCC Website Event Image 1

    Climate change and COVID-19: What have we learned?

    As part of our King's Experts Series, join us as we ask our panel: What lessons can we learn from the pandemic when it comes to climate change and the...

    Please note: this event has passed.

    03JunTrees

    Q&A - Beware ecosystem services for nature conservation: lessons from fieldwork and spatial modelling

    Join Dr Mark Mulligan for this discussion on the significance of fieldwork and spatial modelling in relation to ecosystem services.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    25SepDesert and drought

    Hear from physical and environmental geographers

    Hear from academics in the Department of Geography about their research interests in physical and environmental geography.

    Please note: this event has passed.

    Spotlight

    Helping balance conservation needs with growing pressures for land

    King’s researchers have developed user-friendly online tools to better understand the multiple impacts of land-use and land use change.

    forest

      Research

      earth-banner
      Physical & Environmental Geography research group

      Researching the interactions between the Earth’s hydrological, geomorphological, atmospheric and ecological processes at different geographical scales.

      climate change hero
      King's Climate Research Hub

      Studying climate change through the relationship between science, policy and culture, particularly in the developing world.

      King's Water Centre Web Banner
      King's Water Centre

      Researching water, environment and development. Our centre spans the humanities, social, and physical sciences to explore the challenges of water governance from global to local scales.

      GeocompEnvironment
      Geodata Portal

      A public environmental data portal providing information (raw and visualised) to the scientific and conservation communities.

      Project status: Ongoing

      lidar_image_london_Kelly
      Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing Hub

      The Earth Observation and Environmental Sensing (EOES) Hub is an interdisciplinary research group at the Department of Geography, King’s College London.

      PEES image
      Political Ecology, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services

      The Political Ecology, Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (PEBES) group provides a collaborative focus for work on the social (re)production of nature, environmental conservation and resource management.

      climate change hero
      Climate researchers at King’s

      King's researchers working across climate and sustainability

      News

      New installation on the Strand will imagine a climate-positive mythical world

      Acclaimed design studio Superflux and King’s Culture present 'The Quiet Enchanting', an installation inspired by King’s climate and sustainability research

      A stag stands in a pool of light to the left of the image. The floor is rocky, to the right is a tree trunk and in the background a dimly lit grand building.

      Noise and air pollution reduced in pedestrianised part of London, early signs suggest

      Preliminary data from King’s monitoring stations suggests significant reduction in noise and particulate air pollution thanks to the pedestrianisation of...

      Image shows an areal shot of the Srand Aldwych area in central London

      Transformed Strand Aldwych redevelopment officially opened

      Pedestrianisation in the heart of historic London creates a welcoming public space, as well as an exciting platform for research, learning, art and performance

      Image shows an areal shot of the Srand Aldwych area in central London

      Protecting areas most important to people will benefit nature too

      Prioritising nature conservation in areas that directly benefit humans would lead to more equitable and just conservation decisions, finds major global study.

      Earth image

      Progressive water policy needs to be intrinsically linked to human rights and sustainability

      King’s Water Centre has launched four policy papers that explore how we can ensure we have a just and sustainable water future.

      water in sink promo

      Noise levels on Strand fall by a quarter thanks to new pedestrianisation scheme in London's cultural centre, King's researchers find

      Researchers are assessing the ‘net impact’ of a new pedestrianisation scheme in central London on air quality, traffic, noise and the local economy.

      Concept artwork for the Strand Aldwych redevelopment

      Clean water and carbon storage will be vital for biodiversity

      A new paper, published in Nature, Ecology and Evolution, has found that protection of land important to both carbon sequestration and clean water supply is...

      Rainforest trees

      More than 160,000 miles of rivers at risk of losing "free-flowing" status

      More than 160,000 miles (~257,000 km) of rivers are in danger of losing their “free-flowing status” as a result of proposed new hydropower dam construction,...

      Hydropower Dam

      Only one-third of the World's longest rivers remain free-flowing

      New research finds only 37% the world’s longest rivers remain free-flowing thanks to the increase in artificial dams and reservoirs.

      River fragmentation caused by dams

      Events

      15JunStrand Aldwych areal view

      Clean Air Day: walking tour of Strand Aldwych pollution monitoring stations

      Join Professor Mark Mulligan and Dr Arnout van Soesbergen on a guided tour of the Strand Aldwych project and the network of weather and pollution monitoring...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      11JulChalkwell Beach sunset

      London Rivers Week 2022 – Walk: Sustainable development, renewables, flooding and nature conservation

      Free guided walking tour from Chalkwell Beach, as part of London Rivers Week 2022. The walk will focus on understanding the Thames Estuary, in particular...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      22JulCC Website Event Image 1

      Climate change and COVID-19: What have we learned?

      As part of our King's Experts Series, join us as we ask our panel: What lessons can we learn from the pandemic when it comes to climate change and the...

      Please note: this event has passed.

      03JunTrees

      Q&A - Beware ecosystem services for nature conservation: lessons from fieldwork and spatial modelling

      Join Dr Mark Mulligan for this discussion on the significance of fieldwork and spatial modelling in relation to ecosystem services.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      25SepDesert and drought

      Hear from physical and environmental geographers

      Hear from academics in the Department of Geography about their research interests in physical and environmental geography.

      Please note: this event has passed.

      Spotlight

      Helping balance conservation needs with growing pressures for land

      King’s researchers have developed user-friendly online tools to better understand the multiple impacts of land-use and land use change.

      forest