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Wildlife and Research Specialist
Mark Burton, M.E.M.

Mark Burton, M.E.M.

Data Specialist and Ecologist

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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.


  • M.E.M., Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, 2014
  • Certificate of Geospatial Analysis, 2014
  • B.S., Biology, Environmental Studies, Bowdoin College, 2007

Research Interests

  • Avian ecology and conservation
  • Land conservation and management
  • Geospatial analysis and remote sensing
  • Landscape and field ecology
  • Community-driven conservation

Journal Articles

  • Burton, Mark E.H., Poulsen, J.R., Lee, M.E., Medjibe, V.P., Stewart, C.G., Venkataraman, A. & White, L.J.T. (2016). Reducing carbon emissions from forest conversion for oil palm agriculture in Gabon. Conserv. Lett. doi: 10.1111/conl.12265
  • Burton, Mark E.H. (2014). Assessing aboveground carbon stocks and forest structure metrics in the Mouila oil palm concession Lot 2, Gabon. Masters Thesis. Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC.
  • Demarco, J., Mack, M.C., Bret-Harte, M.S., Burton, Mark E.H. & Shaver, G.R. (2014). Long-term experimental warming and nutrient additions increase productivity in tall deciduous shrub tundra. Ecosphere. 5(6): 72.
  • Lichter, J., Burton, Mark E.H., Close, S.L., Grinvalsky, J.M. & Reblin, J. (2011). Waterfowl habitat change over five decades in a freshwater tidal ecosystem in Mid-Coast Maine. Northeastern Naturalist. 18(2):161-176.


Presentations and Posters

  • Burton, Mark E.H. 2007. Human Disturbance and the food web structure in the Merrymeeting Bay Watershed, Maine. Honors Thesis. Biology Department, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME. Presented at Beneath the Pines Conference and Maine Water Conference, 2007.
  • Photosynthetic Response of Betula nana to temporal duration of fertilization. Presented at the Institute of Artic Biology Symposium, Fairbanks, Alaska, 2007.
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