Faculty Spotlight: Jesse Korus

Meet Jesse Korus, an Associate Professor and Groundwater Geologist in the Conservation and Survey Division in the School of Natural Resources.
March 27, 2023

What is your position at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

I am an Associate Professor and Groundwater Geologist in the Conservation and Survey Division (Nebraska Geological Survey). My appointment is 70% Research and 30% Extension. I advise several graduate students and I supervise undergraduate workers and interns. 

What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln?  

Lincoln is a great place to raise a family and to be part of a strong Catholic faith community. I desired to work for the Conservation and Survey Division because I wanted to study the state’s geology and groundwater resources. 

What aspect of working in an educational setting do you enjoy the most?  

I enjoy being able to pursue intellectual interests. I am driven by curiosity and the excitement that comes with making new discoveries. I also enjoy sharing research results with stakeholders to help solve important problems. My field research allows me to connect with nature. I get to explore remote areas of Nebraska and surrounding states.  

What do you consider your greatest achievement?  

I am a first-generation college student. I followed a meandering path to my current position. Each twist and turn presented new challenges, but I owe a lot to my supportive family and friends. Because of my experiences on this journey, I feel obligated and qualified to mentor students on their own journeys. 

What is something that most people don't know about you?  

For a few years in my early 30’s I was active in a country band called “Hand Me Down Genes” with my dad and three brothers. 

What is your life like outside of work? 

My wife and I raise five children. I stay busy as a husband and father. I like to garden and raise backyard chickens. I like fishing and I recently bought a bass boat. 

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