Mark is a professor, extension specialist, and department chair at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Department of Forest & Wildlife Ecology. Mark’s research and extension program is in the areas of the social sciences and public policy as they relate to forests and natural ecosystems. His 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. In terms of extension, 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.
Mark is the forestry school representative on Wisconsin Council on Forestry.
He is affiliated with UW-Madison’s Agroecology Program, The Holtz Center for Science and Technology Studies, and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.