Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Mark Borsuk’s research concerns the development and application of mathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems. He is a widely-cited expert in Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making. He is also the originator of novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining risk analysis, game theory, and agent-based modeling. Borsuk’s highly collaborative research has been funded by NSF, EPA, NIH, NIEHS and USFS, and he has authored or co-authored 75 peer-reviewed journal publications and 6 book chapters.
Borsuk received the Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award from the Society for Risk Analysis in 2013 and the Early Career Research Excellence Award from the International Environmental Modelling and Software Society in 2008. Before joining the Duke faculty, Dr. Borsuk was a member of the Dartmouth College faculty for 10 years where he held an appointment in the Thayer School of Engineering. Dr. Borsuk received a B.S.E. in Civil Engineering and Operations Research from Princeton University, an M.S. in Statistics and Decision Sciences from Duke University, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University. He did his post-doctoral training in the Department of Systems Analysis, Integrated Assessment, and Modelling (SIAM) at the Swiss Federal Institute for Aquatic Science and Technology (EAWAG), where he advanced to head of the Decision Analysis and Integrated Assessment group.
As part of his appointment at Duke, Dr. Borsuk directs a new interdisciplinary research and teaching initiative in risk, uncertainty, optimization and decision-making.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society
- Office Location: 166 Hudson Hall, Box 90287, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-1767
- Email Address: email@example.com
- Ph.D. Duke University, 2001
Research InterestsMathematical models for integrating scientific information on natural, technical, and social systems; Bayesian network modeling with regular application to environmental and human health regulation and decision making; novel approaches to climate change assessment, combining risk analysis, game theory, and agent-based modeling.
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Chauncey Starr Distinguished Young Risk Analyst Award. Society for Risk Analysis. 2013
- Early Career Research Excellence Award. International Environmental Modelling and Software Society. 2008
- CEE 201L: Uncertainty Design and Optimization
- CEE 394: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 493: Research Independent Study in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 691: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 692: Independent Study: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
- CEE 780: Internship
- DECSCI 235: Risk
- ECON 212: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
- ECON 235: Risk
- EGR 305: Engineering Systems Optimization and Economics
- EGRMGMT 590: Advanced Topics in Engineering Management
- ENERGY 396: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
- ENERGY 796: Connections in Energy: Interdisciplinary Team Projects
- MENG 550: Master of Engineering Internship/Project
- MENG 551: Master of Engineering Internship/Project Assessment
- PUBPOL 235: Risk
- SCISOC 235: Risk
In the News
- The Climate Crisis is Imminent: Duke Experts Offer Their Solutions (Feb 4, 2022…
- Using Good Governance to Mitigate Natural Disasters (Dec 15, 2017)
- Energy Initiative Awards Seven New Seed Grants (Apr 28, 2017)
- Mark Borsuk: Valuing the Invaluable, Predicting the Unpredictable (Oct 1, 2016)
- Holt, Jonathan R., Jennifer R. Smetzer, Mark E. Borsuk, Danelle Laflower, David A. Orwig, and Jonathan R. Thompson. “Emerald ash borer intensifies harvest regimes on private land.” Ecological Applications : A Publication of the Ecological Society of America 32, no. 2 (March 2022): e2508. https://doi.org/10.1002/eap.2508.
- Mavrommati, G., M. E. Borsuk, A. I. Kreiley, C. Larosee, S. Rogers, K. Burford, and R. B. Howarth. “A methodological framework for understanding shared social values in deliberative valuation.” Ecological Economics 190 (December 1, 2021). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2021.107185.
- Holt, J. R., B. J. Butler, M. E. Borsuk, M. Markowski-Lindsay, M. G. MacLean, and J. R. Thompson. “Using the Theory of Planned Behavior to Understand Family Forest Owners’ Intended Responses to Invasive Forest Insects.” Society and Natural Resources 34, no. 8 (January 1, 2021): 1001–18. https://doi.org/10.1080/08941920.2021.1924330.
- Wiener, J., J. Aldy, T. Felgenhauer, M. Borsuk, W. Pizer, M. Tavoni, M. Belaia, and A. Ghosh. “Social Science Research to Inform Solar Geoengineering.” Science 374, no. 6569 (2021): 815–18.
- Holt, J. R., and M. E. Borsuk. “Using Zillow data to value green space amenities at the neighborhood scale.” Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 56 (December 1, 2020). https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ufug.2020.126794.