Mark Risse

NAME Mark Risse
TITLE Professor
DEPARTMENT Faculty of Engineering, Biological and Agricultural Engineering
PHONE 706-542-9067
FAX 706-542-1886
ADDRESS Driftmier Engineering Center
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602
EDUCATION Ph.D., Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Purdue University
M.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia
B.S., Agricultural Engineering, University of Georgia
RESEARCH INTERESTS Animal waste management, water resources management, agricultural pollution prevention

Mark Risse


Dr. Mark Risse is Professor and Coordinator of Extension Engineering at University of Georgia. He has worked in Extension and research related to animal waste and natural resource management for over 15 years. Dr. Risse has been instrumental in establishing the AWARE team (Animal Waste Awareness in Research and Extension) at the University of Georgia. This interdisciplinary team serves as the clearinghouse for information and activities on animal waste management in Georgia. As part of this team, Dr. Risse edits a quarterly newsletter, has established a Statewide list serve and webpage, organizes an annual tour of farms and conference, and has provided input to state regulatory agencies. He is a principle investigator in the National Livestock and Poultry Environmental Learning Center ( and past director of the National Animal and Poultry Waste Management Center. He has led many research projects on value added processing of animal and poultry waste.

Dr. Risse has also developed and implemented a comprehensive agricultural pollution prevention program for the State of Georgia. This program provides technical assistance and applied research to stakeholders throughout the State. Dr. Risse coordinates College activities for the USDA Southern Region 406b Water Quality Program for Georgia. This program provides training and outreach in water quality to agents, professionals and concerned citizens throughout the State. As part of the program, Dr. Risse enables coordination between State agencies within Georgia and with other land grant Universities in other States within the the region.


Faucette, L.B., C.F. Jordan, L.M, Risse, M. Cabrera, D.C. Coleman, and L.T. West, 2005. Evaluation of Storm Water from Compost and Conventional Erosion Control Practices in Construction Activities. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 60(6):288-297.

Gaskin, J.W., L.M. Risse, J.R. Kastner, and W.J. McLaurin, 2005. Evaluating Onsite Beneficial Reuse of Ground Engineered Wood Wastes from Residential Construction. Transactions of ASAE 48(5):1731-1738.

L.B. Faucette, L.M. Risse, and M. A. Nearing, 2004. Runoff, erosion, and nutrient losses from compost and mulch blankets under simulated rainfall, Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 59(4):154-160.

Gilley, J.E., L.M. Risse, and B. Eghball, 2002. Managing Runoff Following Manure Application. Journal of Soil and Water Conservation 57(6):530-533.

Gilley, J.E. and L.M. Risse, 2001. Runoff and Soil Loss as Affected by the Application of Manure. Tranactions of ASAE 43(6):1538-1588.

Worley, J.W., M.L. Cabrera, and L.M. Risse, 2000, Reduced Levels of Alum to Amend Broiler Litter. Transactions of the ASAE.

Risse, L.M., T.M. Bass, and C.W. Ritz, 2005. A review of Georgia's Animal Feeding Operation Regulations. University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin Number 1257.

Risse, L.M., T.M. Bass, and C. Ritz, 2004. A guidebook for developing Environmental Management Systems on Georgia Poultry Farms. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Special Bulletin #42.

Smith, M., Risse, L.M. and H. Smith Tanner, 2004. Environmental impacts of Septic Tanks in Georgia. The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin 1242-4.

Risse, L.M., J.W. Worley, and F. Henning, 2003. Composting Poultry Mortalities Farm*A*Syst Assessment. (Updated) The University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service Bulletin 1152-21.