Mark John Costello

Faculty of Biosciences and Aquaculture
Bodø, Hovedbygning 2014
Areas of expertise
Biodiversity, Biogeography, Ecology, Marine conservation, Freshwater conservation, Climate change, Sea-lice, Biodiversity informatics, Marine reserves, Marine Protected Areas (MPA)

My interests are in biodiversity, biogeography and ecology, especially in the ocean, with applications in relation to nature conservation, climate change, invasive species, and aquaculture.

I am from Kildare in Ireland. I studied in Galway (BSc Hon. Zoology NUIG) and Cork (PhD UCC), followed by postdoc's at the Marine Biological Association Plymouth, and jointly with the Marine Laboratory Aberdeen and Napier University Edinburgh (where I was based at Poolewe, a remote field station on the west coast). After being a lecturer in Trinity College Dublin for 6 years my group set up a research and consulting company called EcoServe (Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd) of which I was Managing Director. I was Executive Director of the Huntsman Marine Science Centre in St Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada for almost 4 years, and then became a professor at the University of Auckland, New Zealand until joining Nord University in 2020.

My teaching has not yet begun at Nord University but is likely to include aspects of Marine Protected Areas, marine biodiversity and biogeography, and biodiversity informatics.

an interview about the origins of the World Register of Marine species
public lectures about the oceans and need for Marine Reserves and my research journey.

See my Research Group website for information on recent research and tips for graduate students (and things I should also remember) and other web links.

Google Scholar profile for publications.
BONWorking Group 2 of the 6th Assessment Report of the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and Lead author of the Australia and New Zealand regional chapter.

I manage the Facebook page for Marine Reserves and the email lists MARINE-B (marine biodiversity for the International Association for Biological Oceanography), and Caligus on sea-lice biology and control.

Warmer temperature decreases the maximum length of six species of marine fishes, crustacean, and squid in New Zealand 2022, Environmental Biology of Fishes:;Lavin, Charles Patrick; Gordo Vilaseca, Francesc; Stephenson, Fabrice; Shi, Zhiyuan; Costello, Mark John
Hotspots of Cenozoic Tropical Marine Biodiversity 2022, Oceanography and Marine Biology: An Annual Review: Volum 60 s. 243-300;Yasuhara, Moriaki; Huang, Huai-Hsuan May; Reuter, Markus; Tian, Skye Yunshu; Cybulski, Jonathan D.; O'Dea, Aaron
Six steps for building a technological knowledge base for future taxonomic work 2022, National Science Review: Volum 9;Orr, Michael C.; Feijó, Anderson; Chesters, Douglas; Vogler, Alfried P.; Bossert, Silas; Ferrari, Rafael R.
Global biodiversity patterns of marine forests of brown macroalgae 2022, Global Ecology and Biogeography: Volum 31 s. 636-648;Fragkopoulou, Eliza; Serrão, Ester A.; De Clerck, Olivier; Costello, Mark John; Araújo, Miguel B.; Duarte, Carlos M.
Towards a global list of accepted species V: the devil is in the detail. Organisms 2021, Organisms Diversity & Evolution: Volum 21 s. 657-675;Pyle, Richard L.; Barik, Saroj K.; Christidis, Les; Conix, Stijn; Costello, Mark John; van Dijk, Peter Paul
Introducing the World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRiMS). 2021, Management of Biological Invasions: Volum 12 s. 792-811;Costello, Mark John; Dekeyzer, Stefanie; Galil, Bella S.; Hutchings, Pat; Katsanevakis, Stelios; Pagad, Shyama
Towards a global list of accepted species III. Independence and stakeholder inclusion. 2021, Organisms Diversity & Evolution: Volum 21 s. 631-643;Conix, Stijn; Garnett, Stephen T.; Thiele, Kevin R.; Christidis, Les; van Dijk, Peter Paul; Bánki, Olaf S.
Global COVID-19 lockdown highlights humans as both threats and custodians of the environment. 2021, Biological Conservation: Volum 263;Bates, Amanda E.; Primack, Richard B.; Biggar, Brandy S.; Bird, Tomas J.; Clinton, Mary E.; Command, Rylan J.
Endemism increases species’ climate change risk in areas of global biodiversity importance. 2021, Biological Conservation: Volum 257;Manes, Stella; Costello, Mark John; Beckett, Heath; Debnath, Anindita; Devenish-Nelson, Eleanor; Grey, Kerry-Anne
Not all biodiversity rich spots are climate refugia 2021, Biogeosciences: Volum 18 s. 6567-6578;Kocsis, Ádám T.; Zhao, Qianshuo; Costello, Mark John; Kiessling, Wolfgang
Synergies between COVID-19 and climate change impacts and responses 2021, Journal of Extreme Events: Volum 8;Pelling, Mark; Kerr, Rachel Bezner; Biesbroek, Robert; Caretta, Martina Angela; Cissé, Guéladio; Costello, Mark John
Earth's coastlines GIS For Science : Maps for saving the planet 2021, ESRI Press: s. 4-27;Sayre, Roger; Martin, Madeline; Cress, Jill; Butler, Kevin; Graafeiland, Keith Van; Breyer, Sean
Quantifying sample completeness and comparing diversities among assemblages. 2020, Ecological Research: Volum 35 s. 292-314;Chao, Anne; Kubota, Yasuhiro; Zelený, David; Chiu, Chun-Huo; Li, Ching-Feng; Kusumoto, Buntarou
Principles for creating a single authoritative list of the world's species 2020, PLoS Biology: Volum 18 s. 1-10;Garnett, Stephen T.; Christidis, Les; Conix, Stijn; Costello, Mark; Zachos, Frank E.; Bánki, Olaf S.
Time machine biology: cross-timescale integration of ecology, evolution, and oceanography 2020, Oceanography: Volum 33 s. 16-28;Yasuhara, Moriaki; Huang, Huai-Hsuan May; Hull, Pincelli; Rillo, Marina C.; Condamine, Fabien L.; Tittensor, Derek P.
Where Marine Protected Areas would best represent 30% of ocean biodiversity. 2020, Biological Conservation: Volum 244;Zhao, Qianshuo; Stephenson, Fabrice; Lundquist, Carolyn; Kaschner, Kristin; Jayathilake, Dinusha R.M.; Costello, Mark John
INTRODUCTION TO FRONTIERS IN OCEAN OBSERVING 2023, Oceanography: Volum 36 s. 1;Kappel, Ellen S.; Costello, Mark John; Galgani, Luisa; Gordó-Vilaseca, Cesc; Govindarajan, Annette; Kouhi, Soroush
Modeling Aquaculture Suitability in a Climate Change Future 2023, Oceanography: Volum 36 s. 34-35;Mackintosh, Amy Leigh; Hill, Griffin Goldstein; Costello, Mark John; Jüterbock, Alexander Oliver; Assis, Jorge
Achieving global biodiversity goals by 2050 requires urgent and integrated actions 2022, One Earth:;Leadley, Paul; Gonzalez, Andrew; Obura, David; Krug, Cornelia B.; Londoño-Murcia, Maria Cecilia; Millette, Katie L.