Mark Kuzila

Mark Kuzila

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Title Director of the Conservation and Survey Division
Address 619 Hardin Hall
3310 Holdrege Street
Lincoln NE
68583-0996
Phone 402-472-7537
FAX 402-472-2946
E-mail mkuzila1@unl.edu
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Hi, I'm Mark Kuzila, professor of soil science in the School of Natural Resources. My professional expertise and research interests are in soil survey and soil science. I have spent 11 years in administration and am the former director of the School of Natural Resources. I,am currently the Director of the Conservation and Survey Division and serve as the State Geologist. I teach Earth's Natural Resources Systems, NRES 108, and Great Plains Field Pedology, NRES 477/877. I also teach 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)

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Affiliations (index)

Notable Websites

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

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 Water Quality Monitoring Wells (additional funding)
Starting Date 9/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 8/31/2014
Funding Level $70,000.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Water Quality Monitoring Wells
Starting Date 10/17/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 8/31/2014
Funding Level $744,250.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Agrichemical Contaminant (additional funding)
Starting Date 10/1/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 9/30/2014
Funding Level $33,375.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title 2013-2014 Statemap
Starting Date 9/15/2013
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Jesse Korus
Mark Kuzila
Aaron Young
Ending Date 9/14/2014
Funding Level $72,636.00
Funding Source Department of the Interior

 
Grant Title Soil Survey Training Video Development and Support for International Union of Soil Scientists Soil Classification Conference
Starting Date 4/5/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 3/31/2015
Funding Level $13,500.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

 
Grant Title Cooperative Agreement with the City of Edgar, NE Water Table Monitoring Wells
Starting Date 1/21/2013
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 7/1/2014
Funding Level $29,150.00
Funding Source City of Edgar, NE

 
Grant Title Agriculture Clearinghouse
Starting Date 10/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 9/30/2014
Funding Level $66,337.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality

 
Grant Title Agrichemical Contaminant Database
Starting Date 10/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 9/30/2013
Funding Level $32,714.00
Funding Source Nebraska Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Assembly, Archive, and Dist
Starting Date 8/1/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 7/31/2014
Funding Level $30,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

 
Grant Title Phosphorous Load Potent of Soils
Starting Date 5/10/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 5/31/2014
Funding Level $100,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Geologist-Hydrogeologist
Starting Date 5/24/2012
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 5/23/2017
Funding Level $95,100.00
Funding Source Lower Platte South Natural Resources District

 
Grant Title Soil Classification Video
Starting Date 9/15/2011
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 9/30/2012
Funding Level $2,200.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map
Starting Date 7/1/2011
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 6/30/2012
Funding Level $71,017.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture

 
Grant Title The Effect of a Transition from Prairie to Forest Ecosystems
Starting Date 10/1/2010
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Ending Date 9/30/2011
Funding Level $20,000.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

 
Grant Title Rapid Assessment of U.S. Soil Carbon for Climate Change and Conservation Planning (CESU)
Starting Date 5/20/2010
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 4/30/2012
Funding Level $182,952.00
Funding Source US Department of Agriculture - Natural Resources Conservation Service

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2010-11 (additional funding)
Starting Date 5/15/2010
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 5/14/2011
Funding Level $75,854.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 
Grant Title Mc-Stennis FY 09
Starting Date 1/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Mark Kuzila
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Ending Date 9/30/2009
Funding Level $6,904.00
Funding Source McIntire-Stennis

 
Grant Title Nebraska State Map 2009-10
Starting Date 5/1/2009
Principal Investigators
Paul Hanson
Co-PIs
R.M. (Matt) Joeckel
Mark Kuzila
Ending Date 4/30/2010
Funding Level $82,156.00
Funding Source US Geological Survey

 

Undergraduate Majors Bachelor of Science in
  • Environmental Restoration Science
Graduate Program(s)

Master of Science in Natural Resource Sciences

Doctor of Philosophy in Natural Resource Sciences

Courses Taught in the Current Semester
Course Number Course Title Day Time Cross Listing
NRES 108 Earth's Natural Resource Systems MW 1230-250 PM None
NRES 279 Soil Evaluation M 0400-0450 P AGRO/NRES/SOIL 279
NRES 477 Great Plains Field Pedology WF 0100-0350 P AGRO 477, GEOG 467, SOIL 477
NRES 477 Great Plains Field Pedology WF 1100-1150 A AGRO 477, GEOG 467, SOIL 477
NRES 877 Great Plains Field Pedology WF 1100-1150 A AGRO 877, GEOG 867
NRES 877 Great Plains Field Pedology WF 0100-0350 P AGRO 877, GEOG 867
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 877, GEOG/NRES 867
GEOG 867 Great Plains Field Pedology X X AGRO 877, GEOG/NRES 867
NRES 279 Soil Evaluation X X X X AGRO/SOIL 279
NRES 477 Great Plains Field Pedology X X AGRO 477/877, GEOG 467/867, NRES 877, SOIL 477
NRES 877 Great Plains Field Pedology X X AGRO 477/877, GEOG 467/867, NRES 877, SOIL 477

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