Dr. Mark Elliott

  • Associate Professor

Contact Information

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

Areas of Research

  • Onsite and decentralized wastewater management
  • Surface water quality
  • Drinking water and sanitation in developing countries
  • UV disinfection
  • Household water use


  • 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.

Publications and Patents:

  • 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 Research. 53, 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) (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0114699)