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Marc L Buursink

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 and Minerals (GEM) Science Center he works on geologic carbon dioxide storage research, oil and gas resource assessments, and geophysical and geochemical data interpretation and synthesis. While a research earth scientist at Chevron Energy Technology Company from 2005 to 2010, he worked on seismic modeling, basin analysis problems, and deep-water Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Canada exploration. Previously at the USGS, he applied geophysical methods to groundwater contamination investigations. In his spare time he serves as a volunteer EMT.


  • 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

Work 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • President, Potomac Geophysical Society (PGS)
  • Member, Geological Society of America (GSA) and Chair, Energy Geology Division
  • Member, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
  • Member, American Geophysical Union (AGU)

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