Mark Burton, M.E.M.
Data Specialist and Ecologist
Mark grew up exploring the forests and gorges of Central New York State. He has worked all over the world, from the North Slope of Alaska to the rainforest of Central Africa, studying conservation ecology with a focus on anthropogenic impacts on ecosystems
As an undergraduate at Bowdoin College, he studied the impacts of a suite of human disturbances on the food web structure of the Merrymeeting Bay watershed here in Maine. He went on to earn his master's degree in ecosystem science and conservation from Duke University, where he worked to quantify carbon emissions from the development of oil palm concessions in Central Africa. Since coming back to Maine to join the BRI team in 2017, Mark has contributed to multiple projects in the Mercury Center; primarily with data management and analysis and GIS analysis.