Faculty Spotlight: Mark Burbach

Mark Burbach
Mark Burbach, a geosecientist in the Conservation and Survey Division of the School of Natural Resources.
July 11, 2022

About Mark

I’m a native Nebraskan, growing up in Cedar County and spending much of my youth on Lewis and Clark Lake and the Missouri River. I have a research, teaching, and extension faculty appointment at UNL. The focus of my work in those three areas is the human dimension of natural resource management. Specifically, I am interested in the social aspects of natural resources, and developing the skills to assess, plan, and implement strategies that lead to successful natural resource management. I am also deeply involved in the Nebraska Water Leaders Academy.

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

My title is an Environmental Scientist, and my position is a Geoscientist in the Conservation and Survey Division of the School of Natural Resources. A geoscientist is a state-funded, non-tenure-track faculty position.

What drew you to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln? 

I was attracted to the opportunity for interdisciplinary research with a variety of scientists with social and natural science backgrounds to address “wicked” natural resource problems.

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

I really enjoy working with graduate students on their research projects. It’s exciting when the light bulb goes off. The process of developing a research question through the discovery of new information results in a great sense of achievement.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

I consider having the respect of my peers and great friends my greatest achievement.

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

I’m a first-generation college graduate.

What is your life like outside of work?

I like to explore new places around the country and abroad. My hobbies include hiking, biking, gardening, building model airplanes, and reading. I also enjoy making wine.