One of the most revered paleontologists in the world, Burke was made famous by his theories on the behavior patterns of Tyrannosaurus rex. Burke spent most of his time out on digs or giving lectures at universities. He spent hours at a time studying dinosaur bones and trying to recreate their habitats. InGen recruited him for his scientific genius, and his knowledge turned out to be extremely valuable (though he incorrectly identified a Compsognathus as Procompsognathus). After being chased behind a waterfall by the female Tyrannosaurus along with several others, Burke panicked when a couple centipedes slithered down his shirt collar and he ran out of the waterfall, only to be devoured by the waiting tyrannosaur.