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Marc L. Buursink, Ph.D.

Dr. Marc Buursink is a Research Geologist with the USGS Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center in Reston, Virginia.

As part of the Geology, Energy & Minerals (GEM) Science Center, Marc works on geologic carbon dioxide sequestration research, underground energy storage problems, oil and gas resource assessments, and geophysical and geochemical data interpretation and synthesis. While a research earth scientist at Chevron Energy Technology Company, he worked on seismic modeling, basin analysis problems, and deep-water Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Canada exploration. Previously at the USGS Hydrogeophysics Branch, he applied multiple geophysical methods to groundwater contamination investigations. In his spare time he serves as a volunteer EMT.​

Professional Experience

  • 2010 - present: Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

  • 2006 - 2010: Research Earth Scientist, Chevron Corp., Houston, Tex. and San Ramon, Calif.

  • 2000 - 2007: Research Fellow, Boise State University, Boise, Idaho

  • 1995 - 2001: Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Storrs, Conn.

  • 1992 - 1995: Physical Science Technician, U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D. Geophysics, Boise State University, 2006

  • M.S. Geosciences, University of Connecticut, 1998

  • B.A. Physics and Environmental Sciences with French minor, University of Virginia, 1993

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Secretary, Potomac Geophysical Society (PGS)

  • Member, Geological Society of America (GSA) and Secretary, Energy Geology Division

  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government