Born and educated in England and Scotland, Mark currently lives in Hok-kaido, Japan, where he was professor of biodiversity and conservation at Rakuno Gakuen University. Mark earned his PhD from Stirling University, Scotland, for his work on avian ecology and behavior in Iceland and he is now a leading authority on the natural history of Japan. His career includes work for conservation organizations in the UK and Japan, for natural history television in New Zealand, and for various television companies making films about Japan. A widely published writer, Mark’s regular natural history column “Wild Watch” has appeared in The Japan Times since 1982. He is the author of A Field Guide to the Birds of East Asia.