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|Title||SNR Teaching Coordinator/Human Dimensions Faculty Area Leader|
512 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
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.
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00672.x|
|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.|
|Day, F.C., & Burbach, M.E. (2011). Telework considerations for public managers with strategies for increasing utilization. Communications of the IBIMA, 2011, 1-18. DOI: 10.5171/2011.880212.|
|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.|
|Albano. J., Comfort, S.D., Zlotnik, V., Halihan, T., Burbach, M.E., Chokejaroenrat, C., Onanong, S., & Clayton, W. (2010). In situ chemical oxidation of RDX-contaminated ground water with permanganate at the Nebraska Ordnance Plant. Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, 30(3), 96-106.|
|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.|
|Phipps, K.A., & Burbach, M.E. (2010). Strategic leadership in the nonprofit sector: Opportunities for research. Journal of Behavioral and Applied Management, 11, 137-154.|
|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.|
|Tang, Z., Burbach, M.E., & Wei, T. (2010). Bridging the gap between environmental planning education and practice. International Journal of Sustainable Development & Planning, 5, 430-442.|
|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.|
|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., & 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., & 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., & 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., & Burbach, M.E. (2006). The emotional intelligence of transformational leaders: A field study. Journal of Social Psychology, 146, 51-64.|
|Burbach, M.E., & Joeckel, R.M. (2006). A delicate balance: Rainfall and groundwater in Nebraska during the 2000-2005 drought. Great Plains Research 16(1), 5-16.|
|Lunde, J. Povlacs, & Burbach, M.E. (2005). Responding with empathy. In Fritz, S.M., Povlacs Lunde, J., & Banset, E.A. (Eds.). Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (pp. 260-284). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall.|
|Burbach, M.E., Matkin, G.S., & 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.|
- 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)
Direct Statewide Groundwater-Level Monitoring Program; Natural Resources Policy; Envrionmental Leadership Development, Human Dimensions
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||2012 Assessment of Voluntary Public Access and Habitat Incentive Program|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission|
|Grant Title||Water Leaders Academy|
|Funding Source||Nebraska State Irrigation|
|Grant Title||Hunter Study on OFW Effectiveness in Nebraska|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Game and Parks Commission|
|Grant Title||Shallow Groundwater Nitrate Verification Study|
|Funding Source||Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality|
Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in
Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences
including specializations in
|Course Number||Course Title||Fall Even Years||Fall Odd Years||Spring Even Years||Spring Odd Years||Summer Session||Cross Listing|
|NRES 428||Leadership in Public Organizations||X||X||NRES 828, ALEX 428/828|
|NRES 828||Leadership in Public Organizations||X||X||NRES 828, ALEC 428/828|