Mark is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. He also serves as the Senior Associate Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Prior to his appointment in the Dean’s Office, Mark was an extension specialist focused on the social sciences and public policy as they relate to forests and natural ecosystems. Though his formal effort is primarily administrative, his academic work covers three themes: (1) individual and collective decision-making, (2) the connection among people, communities, and landscape change, and (3) the implication and evaluation of public policy on behavior and ecosystem outcomes. His broad goal is to increase knowledge of and discussion by policymakers, resource professional, landowners, and the public on forests and landscapes and the benefits they provide to individuals and society.
He is affiliated with UW-Madison’s Agroecology Program, The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.