Mark Weckel is a conservation scientist whose work has focused on human-wildlife interaction and conflict, particularly of urban and suburban landscapes. Mark received his master’s degree from Fordham University where he studied jaguar feeding ecology, and for his doctoral research, he investigated the management and population biology of suburban white-tailed deer populations at City University of New York. While pursuing his PhD, Mark developed a research-based mentoring program for high school students interested in ecology. Most recently, Mark completed his postdoctoral research and teaching fellowship with the Center for Biodiversity & Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH). Here, he continued to develop research projects, including the Gotham Coyote Project, and opportunities for youth engagement, focused on New York City wildlife. Mark is currently Manager of the Science Research Mentoring Program at the AMNH where NYC high school students have the opportunity to join ongoing research projects lead by AMNH scientists.