Mark Suchyta

Mark  Suchyta
  • PhD Alum
  • Department of Sociology, Environmental Science and Policy Program
  • MS, Pennsylvania State University 2016
  • BA, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 2011


Mark Suchyta


Mark Suchyta earned his PhD in Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy. He also earned degrees at the University of Michigan (BA, 2011) and the Pennsylvania State University (MS, 2016). He also had a brief career in social work.  As an environmental sociologist, he is interested in how humans and the natural world can thrive together. Mark’s dissertation research explores how human well-being is related to environmental quality, experiences with nature, and non-human animals. This consists of bringing together both social and natural science data. He is also working on publications from past research on natural resource management and perceptions of animal agricultural industries. As a passionate instructor, Mark strives to develop effective ways to share everyday applications of sociology and the environmental sciences with others from all backgrounds. When not working on his research and teaching, he spends most of his time with his spouse and three adopted birds at home.


  • Environmental Science and Policy Program
  • Animal Studies Graduate Specialization


Suchyta, Mark, and Timothy W. Kelsey. 2018. “Employment and Compensation in the Marcellus Shale Gas Boom: What Stays Local?.” Rural and Community Development 13(4):87-106.

Suchyta, Mark. 2021. “Environmental Values and Americans’ Beliefs about Farm Animal
Well-Being.” Agriculture and Human Values.

Suchyta, Mark. 2020. “Sense of Place as a Predictor of Beliefs about Energy Development:
A Study in Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale.” Energy Research & Social Science