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  • 1112 Bevill
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Dr. Mark Elliott



  • 1112 Bevill
  • phone (205) 348-5469
  • fax (205) 348-0783
  • Email


Ph.D., Environmental Sciences and Engineering, University of North Carolina, 2010
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech, 2001
B.S., Civil Engineering, Penn State University, 1998

Dr. Mark Elliott works at the intersection of water, sanitation and public health in low-resource settings. His doctoral and post-doctoral research addressed issues primarily in developing countries, and his recent work focuses largely on wastewater management in the southeastern U.S.

Topics of interest include: household water use, surface water quality, global progress in drinking water and sanitation, onsite and decentralized wastewater treatment, drinking water in Pacific Island countries, UV disinfection, and characterizing and addressing onsite wastewater failures in rural Alabama.

Affiliated Areas
Center for Water Quality Research, Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering

Selected Publications

  • Elliott, M., Foster, T., MacDonald, M.C., Harris, A.R., Schwab, K.J., and Hadwen, W.L., “Addressing how multiple household water sources and uses build water resilience and support sustainable development,” npj Clean Water, 2(6), (2019) (DOI: 10.1038/s41545-019-0031-4)
  • Elliott, M.A., MacDonald, M.C., Chan, T.U., Kearton, A., Shields, K.F., Bartram, J.K., and Hadwen, W.L., “Multiple household water sources and their use in remote communities with evidence from Pacific Island countries,” Water Resources Research53, pp. 9106-9117, (2017) (DOI: 10.1002/2017WR021047)
  • MacDonald, M., Elliott, M., Chan, T.U., Kearton, A., Shields, K., Bartram, J. and Hadwen, W.L. (2016). Investigating multiple household water sources and uses with a computer assisted personal interviewing (CAPI) survey. 8(12):574. (DOI: 10.3390/w8120574)
  • Ojomo, E., Elliott, M., Goodyear, L., Forson, M., and Bartram, J. Sustainability and scale-up of household water treatment and safe storage practices: enablers and barriers to effective implementation. Intl J Hygiene Environ Health. 218(8): 704-713. (2015)
  • Cumming, O., Elliott, M., Overbo, A., and Bartram, J. Does global progress in sanitation really lag water?: an analysis of global progress on community- and household-level access to drinking water and sanitation. PLoS ONE. 9(12): e114699. (2014) (

Dr. Elliott's Impact

Novel Membrane Fabrication Research Project Awarded EPA Grant

A research team from The University of Alabama’s College of Engineering will further its efforts to reduce groundwater contamination after recently receiving a $25,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency...

The intersection of environmental justice and civil rights: How DOJ investigation could play out

“You can go to Wilcox County, and you find exactly the same situation, but really nothing happening to solve the problem,” University of Alabama professor Mark Elliott said. 

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Alabama Water Institute Awards Multiple Equipment Grants

Dr. James Harris, assistant professor in UA’s Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, has been awarded $30,130 from the AWI for a diffuse reflectance UV-Visible spectroscopy system, the first of...

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