Mark Burbach

Mark Burbach

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  • Courses Taught
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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
Vitae Download file

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

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.
Kennedy, S., Burbach, M. 2016. Sustainable grassland management: An exploratory study of progressive ranchers in Nebraska. Sustainable Agriculture Research. 5(2):103-113.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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 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
  • Human Dimensions

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences


including specializations in
  • 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 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 891 Seminar in Natural Resources: Human Dimensions of Natural Resources X X X X n/a
NRES 898 Special Topics: Academic Publishing X n/a