Mark Cowan had a lifelong interest in wildlife and spent almost 30 years as a professional biologist. He has worked for the Environmental Protection Authority, the Western Australian Museum and is now at Department of Parks and Wildlife as an ecologist.

Mark’s roles have included Regional Ecologist in Kalgoorlie, Principal Rangeland Ecologist for Western Australia and currently as Senior Research Scientist in the Biogeography Program. He participated and/or coordinated biological survey of vertebrates across much of Western Australia and has been a key member of biodiversity surveys in Sri Lanka, Singapore and the Peruvian amazon. Much of his current work has focused on the use of technology for monitoring and analysis of biodiversity values, such as the utilisation and spacing of remote cameras. In an urban ecological context he continues to run a long term vertebrate monitoring program in the Trigg Bushland area of western Perth.

Along with an extensive background in field ecology, he maintains a strong interest in biological data management, multivariate statistics and geographic information systems and is a Research Associate at the Western Australian Museum.  He has spent a considerable amount of time involved in community education focused programs, ranging from working with schools through to remote Aboriginal communities, and sees this as an important aspect of environmental conservation work and providing expertise to the broader public and future generations.