Dr. Mark Elliott

  • Associate Professor


Contact Information

  • Office: 1112 Bevill
  • Phone: (205) 348-5469
  • Fax: (205) 348-0783

Areas of Research

  • Drinking water and sanitation in developing countries, including climate resilience and vulnerability
  • On-site and decentralized wastewater treatment
  • Ultraviolet disinfection
  • Global trends in drinking water and sanitation coverage


  • Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • M.S., Environmental Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 2001
  • B.S., Civil Engineering, Penn State University, 1998


In his research, Dr. Mark Elliott places emphasis on understanding the challenges and opportunities of water and sanitation engineering in resource-poor countries. His doctoral work was based around the biosand filter, a household-scale slow sand filter being used by roughly one million people, and focused on characterizing reductions of the major classes of pathogens, identifying the key design parameters and elucidating mechanisms of virus reduction during filter idle time. His recent research activities have focused largely on global water, sanitation and hygiene (WaSH), water safety plans (WSPs), climate change adaptation, and the challenges facing small water supplies.