Mark Kuzila

Mark Kuzila

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Title Emeritus Soil Scientist
Address 101 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
FAX 402-472-2946
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Hi, I'm Mark Kuzila, professor emeritus of soil science in the School of Natural Resources. My professional expertise and research interests are in soil survey and soil science. I spent 11 years in administration and am the former director of the School of Natural Resources. I was a soil scientist for the Conservation and Survey Division in the School of Natural Resources. I taught Earth's Natural Resources Systems, NRES 108, and Great Plains Field Pedology, NRES 477/877. I also taught Soil Evaluation, NRES 279. NRES 279 is the class associated with the UNL Soil Judging Team. The Soil Judging Team competes every fall semester.

Mark Kuzila

My research involves the study of soil genesis and morphology. In basic terms, I examine soils and landscapes to discover why soils are what they are and where they are on the landscape; I also study soil management and investigate how we live on and how we can best use the soils that we have. Because we all live on the land and interact with soils every day in ways we often don't realize, a better understanding of the land and the soil, and how we use it, will benefit us all.

Prior to working in university administration, I spent 24 years working with the Nebraska Cooperative Soil Survey Program. I've also been involved in many workshops and presentations on soils in general and the application of soils information for many uses, including natural resource management, home site evaluation and on-site wastewater treatment. In addition, I've been the author of numerous soil maps, including a 1:1,000,000-scale general soil map of Nebraska.

Selected Publications

Stolpe, N.B. and M.S. Kuzila. 2002. Relative mobility of atrazine, 2, 4-D and dicamba in volcanic soils of south-central Chile. Soil Science. 167(5):338-345.
Mason, J.A., and M.S. Kuzila. 2000. Episodic Holocene loess deposition in central Nebraska. Quaternary International. 163:394-403.
Stolpe, N.B., M.S. Kuzila, and P.J. Shea. 1998. Importance of taxonomic variability in using soil maps to predict pesticide mobility. Soil Sci. 163(5): 394-403.
Kuzila, M.S. and Lewis, D.T. 1993. Properties and genesis of loessial soils across a south central Nebraska basin. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J. 57:155_161.

Educational Background

  • BS - Kansas State University, Agronomy with Soils emphasis (1973)
  • MS - Kansas State University, Agronomy with Soils emphasis (1976)
  • PhD - University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Agronomy with Soils emphasis (1988)

SNR Mission Area(s)

  • Environmental Science

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Other Areas of Interest

Nebraska Soils, Clays, environmental soil analysis, Landscape evolution/structure, Paleosols, Soils, Waste management, Wetlands, Home Site Planning, Nonpoint-source contamination

SNR Areas of Expertise

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10 - Top Expert
1 - Mild Interest

Soil Quality






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Courses Taught
Course Number Course Title Fall Even Years Fall Odd Years Spring Even Years Spring Odd Years Summer Session Cross Listing
GEOG 467 Great Plains Field Pedology X X AGRO 477/877, GEOG/NRES 467/867
GEOG 867 Great Plains Field Pedology X X AGRO 477/877, GEOG/NRES 467/867
NRES 279 Soil Evaluation X X AGRO/SOIL/NRES 279

SNR Speakers Bureau

What I can speak about:

How soils form, soil maps, and using soils information.

When I am most available to speak:

Contact me to schedule a time.

What target audiences I am most comfortable speaking to:

  • Pre-K/Elementary School
  • Middle/High School
  • College
  • OLLI - lifelong learning for adults 50 years and older)
  • General Public
  • Technical