Mark Burbach

Mark Burbach

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Title Environmental Scientist
Address 512 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0995
Phone 402-472-8210
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail mburbach1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Mark Burbach, and I'm an associate geoscientist with the School of Natural Resources. More specifically, my title is environmental scientist.

I direct the SNR human dimensions program. This program focuses on the study of how people influence the development, management and evaluation of our local and global environmental systems. We explore people's beliefs, values and attitudes and how these affect natural resource management and policy.

I also enjoy my other diverse responsibilities. I teach courses on leadership and management in government organizations with emphasis on natural resource agencies. I am currently exploring the development of a new course on the human dimensions of natural resource management.

Mark Burbach

I conduct basic and applied research on human behavior and the environment. My research efforts have ranged from studying why farmers engage in conservation practices to exploring park visitor's connection to nature. I find studying why people do the things they do, particularly with regard to the natural environment, fascinating and exciting.

I also have nearly 25 years of experience leading groundwater quality and quantity investigations. I recently turned over the coordination of the SNR Statewide Groundwater Level Monitoring Program to Jesse Korus, but I still direct the overall program. In this role I have published many maps on groundwater level changes in Nebraska and given many presentations on the status of Nebraska's groundwater resources. I also manage the SNR Real-Time Groundwater Level Monitoring Program.

I have been at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln since 1989. In my scholarly service and extension roles, I have led leadership development workshops, presented research results at national conferences, and assisted Natural Resources Districts with their groundwater monitoring efforts.

Selected Publications

Sliwinski, M., M. Burbach, L. Powell, W. Schacht. (2017). Managing for Wildlife Habitat, on Rangelands in the Great Plains. Univ of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp.6. Online
Czap, H. J., Czap, N. V., Ma, J., Burbach, M. 2016. Farm Bill 2014: An experimental investigation of conservation compliance. Journal of Sustainable Development. 9(3):23-38. Online
Kennedy, S., Burbach, M. 2016. Sustainable grassland management: An exploratory study of progressive ranchers in Nebraska. Sustainable Agriculture Research. 5(2):103-113. Online
Lynne, G., Czap, N. V., Czap, H. J., Burbach, M. 2016. A theoretical foundation for empathy conservation: Toward avoiding the Tragedy of the Commons. Review of Behavioral Economics. 3(3/4):243-279. Online
Burbach, M., Floress, K., Kaufman, E. K. (2015). Are water-related leadership development programs designed to be effective? An exploratory study. Journal of Leadership Education, 14(1), 107-123. Online
Czap, N. V., Czap, H. J., Lynne, G., Burbach, M. (2015). Walk in my shoes: Nudging for empathy conservation. Ecological Economics, 118, 147-158. Online
Day, F. C., Burbach, M. (2015). An exploration of the moderating effect of work motivation on the relationship between utilization of virtual team effectiveness attributes and work satisfaction: A mixed methods study. Creighton Journal of Integrated Leadership, 1(2), 86-106.
Hoffman Babbit, C., Burbach, M., Pennisi, L. (2015). A mixed methods approach to assessing success in transitioning water management institutions: A case study of the Platte River Basin, Nebraska. Ecology & Society, 20(1), 54.
Oden, A., Brown, M., Burbach, M., Brandle, J. R., Quinn, J. E. (2015). Variation in avian vocalizations during the non-breeding season in response to traffic noise. Ethology, 121, 472-479. Online
Youngs, A.R., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2015. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 27. Online
Czap, N. V., Czap, H. J., Lynne, G., Burbach, M. (2014). Gender in environmental context: An effect of property rights, fines, and empathy nudging. International Journal of Economics and Finance, 6(7), 11-23. Online
Young, A.R., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2014. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 24. Online
Czap, N. V., Czap, H. J., Khachaturyan, M., Burbach, M., Lynne, G. (2013). Smiley or Frowney: The effect of emotions and empathy framing in a downstream water pollution game. International Journal of Economics and Finance, 5, 9-23.
Jesse T. Korus, Leslie M. Howard, Aaron R. Young, Dana P. Divine, Mark E. Burbach, J. Michael Jess, and Douglas R. Hallum. (2013). The Groundwater Atlas of Nebraska, Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska, Resource Atlas 4b.
Moncure, S., Burbach, M. (2013). Social reinforcement of environmentally conscious consumer behavior at a grocery store cooperative. Journal of Management and Sustainability, 13, 14-24.
Young, A.R., Burcah, M.E., Howard, L.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2013. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 25. Online
Burbach, M., Day, F. C. (2012). Does Organization Sector Matter in Leading Teleworker Teams? A Comparative Case Study. International Journal of Business Information and Technology, 1, 29-42. http://www.sciencetarget.com/Journal/index.php/IJBIT/article/view/115/31 Online
Burbach, M., Pennisi, L., West, C. D., Ziegler-Chong, S. (2012). The impact of personal interpretation in developing a connection to nature in park visitors. LARNet: The Cyber Journal of Applied Leisure and Recreation Research, 15, 13-30. http://larnet.org/abstracts.html Online
Burbach, M.E., Matkin, G.S., Quinn, C.E., & Searle, T.P. (2012). The impact of preparing agriculture faculty to influence student critical thinking disposition. Journal of Agricultural Education, 53(2), 1-14. Online
Czap, N.V., Czap, H.J., Khachaturyan, M., Lynne, G.D., & Burbach, M.E. (2012). Walking in the shoes of others: Experimental testing of dual-interest and empathy in environmental choice. Journal of Socio-Economics, 41, 642-653. Online
Flores, K.L., Matkin, G.S., Burbach, M.E., Quinn, C.E., & Harding, H. (2012). Deficient critical thinking skills among college graduates: Implications for leadership. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44, 212-230. Online
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., and Howard, L.M. 2011. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2011. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 23. Online
Young, A.R., Burbach, M.E., Korus, J.T., Howard, L.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2012. Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. pp. 23. Online
Young, Aaron R., Burbach, Mark E., Howard, Leslie M. 2012. Preliminary Grounwater Level Changes at Selected Sites in Nebraska Following the Drought of 2012. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 4. Online
Brown, M.B., Burbach, M.E., Dinan, J., Held, R.J., Johnson, R.J., Jorgensen, J.G., Lackey, J., Marcus, J.F., Matkin, G.S., & Thody, C.M. (2011). Nebraska's Tern and Plover Conservation Partnership: A model for sustainable conservation of threatened and endangered species. Wader Study Group Bulletin, 118(1), 22-25. Online
Day, F.C., & Burbach, M.E. (2011). Telework considerations for public managers with strategies for increasing utilization. Communications of the IBIMA, 2011, 1-18.
Gambrell, K.M., Matkin, G.S., & Burbach, M.E. (2011). Cultivating leadership: The need for renovating models to higher epistemic cognition. Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies, 18, 308-319. Online
Albano, J. S.D. Comfort, V. Zlotnik, T. Halihan, M. Burbach, C. Chokejaroenrat, S. Onanong, W. Clayton. 2010. In Situ Chemical Oxidation of RDX-Contaminated Ground Water with Permanganate at the Nebraska Ordnance Plant. Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation 30:96-106. Online
Burbach, M.E., Matkin, G.S., Gambrell, K.M., & Harding, H.E. (2010). The impact of preparing faculty in the effective use of student teams. College Student Journal, 44, 752-761.
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M., and Joeckel, R.M., 2010, Nebraska statewide groundwater-level monitoring report: Nebraska Water Survey Paper Number 77, Conservation and Survey Division, School of Natural Resources, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 19 p. Online
Korus, J.T., Burbach, M.E., Howard, L.M., Joeckel, R.M. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2010. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 21. Online
Phipps, K.A., and Burbach, M.E. 2010. Strategic leadership in the nonprofit sector: Opportunities for research. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management. 11:137-154. Online
Quinn, C.E., & Burbach, M.E. (2010). A test of personal characteristics that influence farmer's pro-environmental behaviors. Great Plains Research, 20, 193-204. Online
Tang, Z., Burbach, M.E., and Wei, T. 2010. Bridging the gap between environmental planning education and practice. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning. 5:430-442. Online
Korus, J.T., & Burbach, M.E. (2009). Analysis of aquifer depletion criteria with implications for groundwater management in Nebraska. Great Plains Research, 19, 187-200. Online
Korus, J.T., and Burbach, M.E., 2009, Analysis of aquifer depletion criteria with implications for groundwater management: Great Plains Research, v. 19, p. 187-200. Online
Quinn, C., Burbach, M.E. Matkin, G.S., & Flores, K. (2009). Critical thinking for natural resource, agricultural, and environmental ethics education. Journal of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Education, 38, 221-227.
Burbach, M.E. 2008. Emotional intelligence in professional and personal settings: An experiential learning exercise. Journal of the Academy of Business Education. 9:98-110.
Chen, X., Burbach, M., and Cheng, C. 2008. Electrical and hydraulic vertical variability in channel sediments and its effects on streamflow depletion due to groundwater extraction. Journal of Hydrology. 352:250-266. Online
Quinn, C.E., and Burbach, M.E.2008. Personal characteristics preceding pro-environmental behaviors that improve surface water quality. Great Plains Research 18(1):103-114. Online
Burbach, Mark. 2007. Groundwater-level Changes in Nebraska - Predevlopment to Spring 2007. Map. No Scale. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. Print. Online
Burbach, Mark. 2007. Groundwater-level Changes in Nebraska - Spring 2000 to Spring 2007. Map. No Scale. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. Print. Online
Zlotnik, V.A., Burbach, M.E., Swinehart, J.B., Bennett, D., Fritz, S.C., Loope, D.B., and Olaguera, F. 2007. Direct push methods for aquifer characterization in dune-lake environments: The Nebraska Sand Hills. Environmental and Engineering Geosciences. 13:205-216.
Barbuto, J.E., Jr., and Burbach, M.E. 2006. The emotional intelligence of transformational leaders: A field study. Journal of Social Psychology. 146:51-64. Online
Burbach, M.E., and Joeckel, R.M. 2006. A delicate balance: Rainfall and groundwater in Nebraska during the 2000-2005 drought. Great Plains Research 16(1): 5-16. Online
M. Burbach. 2006. Groundwater-level changes in Nebraska, Predevelopment to Spring 2006. Map. No Scale. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. Print. Online
Michael, J.J, Burbach, M. 2006. Water Resources and Geologic Field Trip in York and Seward Counties, Nebraska. Lincoln, NE: University of Nebraska. pp. 18.
Anumalla, S, Ramamurthy, B., Gosselin, D., and Burbach, M. 2005. Groundwater monitoring using smart sensors. Proceedings of the IEEE EIT Conference, May 22-25, 2005, Lincoln, NE. Online
Lunde, J. Povlacs, and Burbach, M.E. 2005. Responding with empathy. In Fritz, S.M., Povlacs Lunde, J., and Banset, E.A. (Eds.). "Interpersonal Skills for Leadership" (pp. 260-284). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.
Burbach, M.E., Matkin, G.S., and Fritz, S.M. 2004. Teaching critical thinking in an introductory leadership course utilizing active learning strategies: A confirmatory study. College Student Journal. 38(3):482-493.
Spalding, R.F., M.E. Exner, D.D. Snow, D.A. Cassida, M.E. Burbach, and S.J. Monson. 2003. Herbicides in Ground Water Beneath Nebraska's Management Systems Evaluation Area. Journal of Environmental Quality. 32:92-99.
Burbach, M.E. 2002. Teaching Tips-Graduate Students. NACTA Journal. 46(4):54.
Spalding, R.F., U, Z.K., Hyun, S.W., Martin, G.E., Burbach, M.E., Yang, S.I.I., Kim, M., Exner, M.E., Songs, S.J. 2001. Source identification of nitrate on Cheju Island, South Korea. Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems.Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems. 61(3):237-246. Online
Spalding, R.F., Watts, D.G., Schepers, J.S., Burbach, M.E., Exner, M.E., Poreda, R.J., Martin, G.E. 2001. Combating Nitrate Leaching in Irrigated Agriculture.Journal of Environmental Quality. 30(4):1184-1194. Online
Zlotnik, V.A., M.E. Burbach, M.E. Exner, and R.F. Spalding. 1995. Well Sampling for Agrichemicals in High Capacity Systems. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 50(1):7.
Zlotnik, V.A., R.F. Spalding, M.E. Exner, and M.E. Burbach 1995. Sampling of Agricultural Contamination in High Capacity Wells. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation. 50(1):95-101.
Burbach, M.E., and R.F. Spalding 1994. Investigation and Evaluation of Agrichemical Transport Near Waverly, Nebraska. Research Briefs. 2:1-2.
Spalding, R.F., D.D. Snow, D.A. Cassada, and M.E. Burbach 1994. Study of Pesticide Occurrence in Two Closely Spaced Lakes in Northeastern Nebraska. Journal of Environmental Quality. 23(3):571-578.
Spalding, R.F., M.E. Burbach, M.E. Exner, D.R. Alexander and L. Para-Vicary 1994. Sprinkler Irrigation: A VOC Remediation Alternative. Technology: Journal of the Franklin Institute. 331A:571-578. Online
Spalding, R.F., M.E. Burbach, M.E. Spalding, L. Parra-Vicary, and D.R. Alexander. 1994. Sprinkler Irrigation: A VOC Remediation Alternative. Technology: Journal of The Franklin Institute 331:231.241. Online
Zlotnik, V.A., R.F. Spalding, M.E. Exner, and M.E. Burbach 1993. Sampling of Non-point Source Contamination in High-Capacity Wells. Water Science and Technology. 28(3-5):409-413.
Zlotnik, V.A., R.F. Spalding, M.E. Exner, and M.E. Burbach. 1993. Sampling of Non-Point Source Contamination in High-Capacity Wells. Water Science Technology 28(3-5):409-413.
Exner, M.E., M.E. Burbach, D.G. Watts, R.C. Shearmna, and R.F Spalding. 1991. Deep Nitrate Movement in the Unsaturated Zone of a Simulated Urban Lawn. Journal of Environmental Quality 20(3):658-662.
Spalding, R.F., Exner, M.E, and Burbach, M.E. 1991. Economical Monitoring Procedure for Assessing Agrochemical Nonpoint Source Loading in Unconsolidated Aquifers. Groundwater Residue Sampling Design, American Chemical Society, Symposium Series 465, pp. 255-261.
Spalding, R.F., M.E. Burbach, and M.E. Exner. 1989. Pesticides in Nebraska's Ground Water. Ground Water Monitoring and Remediation, 9:126-133.
korus, Jesse T., Burbach, Mark E. Nebraska Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Report 2009. Lincoln: Conservation and Survey Division, University of Nebraska. pp. 38. Online

Educational Background

  • BS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Natural Resources (1985)
  • MS - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Community & Regional Planning (1988)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Community & Human Resources (2004)

Awards

  • 2014 – John C. Frye Memorial Award awarded by Association of American State Geologists 

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Applied Ecology

Affiliations (index)

Areas of Interest

  • Direct Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Program
  • Natural Resources Policy
  • Envrionmental Leadership Development,
  • Human Dimensions
  • Humans and the Environment
  • Water

Currently this page only displays grants that were awarded on 1/1/2009 to the present. If a grant was awarded prior to 1/1/2009 and is still active, it will not be displayed on this page.

Grant Title National Ground-Water Monitoring Network Provider
Starting Date 6/20/2017
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Aaron Young
Ending Date 6/30/2019
Funding Level $29,962.00
Funding Source US Geological Service

 
Grant Title CSD Participation as a Data Provider in the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network
Starting Date 8/15/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Mesarch
Aaron Young
Ending Date 8/14/2017
Funding Level $42,387.00
Funding Source USGS

 
Grant Title Nebraska Water Leaders Academy (Additional Funding)
Starting Date 1/1/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
Jones, Jessica
Matkin, Gina
Reimers-Hild, Connie
Ending Date 6/30/2017
Funding Level $27,665.00
Funding Source NE State Irrigation Association

 
Grant Title International Symposium on Society and Resource Management (ISSRM)
Starting Date 6/22/2016
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 6/26/2016
Funding Level $500.00
Funding Source IANR Travel Funds

 
Grant Title Nebraska Water Leaders Academy
Starting Date 4/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
Jessica Jones
Gina Matkin
Connie Reimers-Hild
Ending Date 3/31/2016
Funding Level $27,165.00
Funding Source Nebraska State Irrigation Association

 
Grant Title Collaborative Conservation in the Great Plains: Opportunities and Barriers for Cross-Property Private-Lands Management
Starting Date 10/1/2014
Principal Investigators
Maggi Sliwinski
Co-PIs
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 9/30/2016
Funding Level $9,996.00
Funding Source University of Minnesota - SARE (USDA-NIFA)

 
Grant Title Developing, Testing, Implementing, and Sharing a First-Year College Student Retention Instrument (additional funding)
Starting Date 7/1/2015
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 6/30/2016
Funding Level $12,451.00
Funding Source University of Nebraska-Lincoln - Kelly Funds

 
Grant Title Water Leaders Academy (additional funding)
Starting Date 4/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
Lorrie Benson
Bruce Dvorak
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Connie Reimers-Hild
Phyllis Schoenholz
Ending Date 3/31/2015
Funding Level $21,302.00
Funding Source Nebraska State Irrigation Association

 
Grant Title 2012 Assessment of Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program
Starting Date 12/10/2012
Principal Investigators
Lisa Pennisi
Co-PIs
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 6/30/2013
Funding Level $9,547.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Water Leaders Academy
Starting Date 4/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Burbach
Co-PIs
Connie Reimers-Hild
Phyllis Schoenholz
Ending Date 3/31/2013
Funding Level $22,190.00
Funding Source Nebraska State Irrigation Association

 
Grant Title Hunter Study on OFW Effectiveness in Nebraska
Starting Date 8/10/2012
Principal Investigators
Lisa Pennisi
Co-PIs
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 7/31/2015
Funding Level $59,662.00
Funding Source Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

 
Grant Title Shallow Groundwater Nitrate Verification Study
Starting Date 4/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Jesse Korus
Co-PIs
Mark Burbach
Ending Date 12/31/2012
Funding Level $14,705.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 

Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • Applied Ecology
  • Human Dimensions

Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 409 Human Dimensions of Natural Resources X X GEOG/NRES 409
NRES 428 Leadership in Public Organizations X X ALEC/NRES 428/828
NRES 828 Leadership in Public Organizations X X ALEC/NRES 428/828
NRES 829 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Management X X n/a
NRES 881 Environmental Conflict Management X NRES/WATS 481/881
NRES 891 Seminar in Natural Resources: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources X X X X n/a