His PhD is from the University of Michigan (1995), with an MLA from the University of Manitoba (1988) and a BLA from the University of Minnesota (1978). He has accomplished professional planning and design work in the U.S., Canada, France and Nepal. Dr. Burley has published nearly 400 articles and abstracts related to landscape architecture, one book in reclamation planning and design, and one book in landscape history. His work has been published in English, Chinese and French.
Dr. Burley has won numerous teaching, design research awards, including a Fulbright to Portugal in 2003, the 2005 ASMR Reclamation Researcher of the Year Award, a 2011-2012 Invited Pre-eminent Researcher Award in France, and 11 state and two national ASLA awards, plus two state American Institute of Architects awards, and three National Science Foundation Awards for his papers in Antarctic planning and design. He has international connections at Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, China; Universidade do Algarve, Faro, Portugal; and Agro-campus Ouest-Paysage, Angers, France. Dr. Burley is the past chair of the ASLA International Professional Practice Network, past member of the AFB40 Landscape and Environmental Design Committee Transportation Research Board National Academies, past chair of the ASLA Restoration and Reclamation Professional Practice Network, and past chair of Chairs for the ASLA Professional Practice Network. At MSU, he has worked with visiting scholars and students from China, Turkey, Portugal, Japan, S. Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, and France. Dr. Burley has lectured in Nepal, China, S. Korea, Sweden, Estonia, Portugal, Indonesia, Germany, France, Switzerland, Italy, U.S., the United Kingdom (U.K.), Turkey, Japan, Taiwan, Thailand, Philippines, and Canada; and Dr. Burley has led overseas studies in the U.K., France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Turkey, Morocco, Greece, and Italy. Dr. Burley is widely published in the social science arena concerning landscape visual quality preferences, and soil productivity models in surface mine reclamation. He also conducts a wide variety of studies in landscape hazards, landscape history, wildlife habitat, and information science. His funded research includes studies supported by the Federal Highway Administration, Michigan Department of Transportation, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, and the National Park Service.