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Dr. Emily Elliott is a Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science at the University of Pittsburgh. She also is Co-founder and Director Emeritus of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory that bridges efforts in water research, governance, and action at the University of Pittsburgh. She is trained as a Science Ambassador through the National Academies of Sciences “Science & Engineering Ambassador Program” and the 2018 recipient of the American Geophysical Union’s Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring. She is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary geosciences for addressing sustainability challenges, advancing diversity and inclusion in the geosciences, community-engaged research, and science communication.


(2022) Advancing Research Impact in Society.

(2019) Sustainability Award, Faculty Category, Mascaro Center for Sustainable Innovation.

(2018) Sulzman Award for Excellence in Education and Mentoring. American Geophysical Union, Biogeosciences section.

(2017 - 2018) Sustainability Faculty Fellow, University of Pittsburgh.

Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University

M.S., Johns Hopkins University

Forgrave, R., Elliott, E.M., & Bain, D.J. (2022). Event scale hydrograph responses highlight impacts of widespread stream burial and urban infrastructure failures. HYDROLOGICAL PROCESSES, 36(5).Wiley. doi: 10.1002/hyp.14584.

Yu, Z., & Elliott, E.M. (2021). Nitrogen isotopic fractionations during nitric oxide production in an agricultural soil. BIOGEOSCIENCES, 18(3), 805-829.Copernicus GmbH. doi: 10.5194/bg-18-805-2021.

Coughlin, J.G., Elliott, E.M., Rose, L.A., Pekney, N.J., & Reeder, M. (2020). Quantifying atmospheric reactive nitrogen concentrations, dry deposition, and isotope dynamics surrounding a Marcellus Shale well pad. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 223, 117196.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.117196.

Elliott, E.M., Yu, Z., Cole, A.S., & Coughlin, J.G. (2019). Isotopic advances in understanding reactive nitrogen deposition and atmospheric processing. SCIENCE OF THE TOTAL ENVIRONMENT, 662, 393-403.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.12.177.

Rose, L.A., Yu, Z., Bain, D.J., & Elliott, E.M. (2019). High resolution, extreme isotopic variability of precipitation nitrate. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 207, 63-74.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2019.03.012.

Yu, Z., & Elliott, E.M. (2018). Probing soil nitrification and nitrate consumption using Δ17O of soil nitrate. SOIL BIOLOGY & BIOCHEMISTRY, 127, 187-199.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.soilbio.2018.09.029.

Coughlin, J.G., Rose, L.A., Bain, D.J., & Elliott, E.M. (2017). The Influence of Marcellus Shale Extraction Emissions on Regionally Monitored Dry Reactive Nitrogen Deposition. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 51(6), 3542-3549.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.6b05933.

Coughlin, J.G., Yu, Z., & Elliott, E.M. (2017). Efficacy of passive sampler collection for atmospheric NO2 isotopes under simulated environmental conditions. RAPID COMMUNICATIONS IN MASS SPECTROMETRY, 31(14), 1211-1220.Wiley. doi: 10.1002/rcm.7885.

Felix, J.D., Elliott, E.M., & Gay, D.A. (2017). Spatial and temporal patterns of nitrogen isotopic composition of ammonia at US ammonia monitoring network sites. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 150, 434-442.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2016.11.039.

Yu, Z., & Elliott, E.M. (2017). Novel Method for Nitrogen Isotopic Analysis of Soil-Emitted Nitric Oxide. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 51(11), 6268-6278.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00592.

Rose, L.A., Elliott, E.M., & Adams, M.B. (2015). Triple Nitrate Isotopes Indicate Differing Nitrate Source Contributions to Streams Across a Nitrogen Saturation Gradient. ECOSYSTEMS, 18(7), 1209-1223.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10021-015-9891-8.

Rose, L.A., Sebestyen, S.D., Elliott, E.M., & Koba, K. (2015). Drivers of atmospheric nitrate processing and export in forested catchments. WATER RESOURCES RESEARCH, 51(2), 1333-1352.American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1002/2014WR015716.

Divers, M.T., Elliott, E.M., & Bain, D.J. (2014). Quantification of Nitrate Sources to an Urban Stream Using Dual Nitrate Isotopes. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 48(18), 10580-10587.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/es404880j.

Felix, J.D., & Elliott, E.M. (2014). Isotopic composition of passively collected nitrogen dioxide emissions: Vehicle, soil and livestock source signatures. ATMOSPHERIC ENVIRONMENT, 92, 359-366.Elsevier BV. doi: 10.1016/j.atmosenv.2014.04.005.

Divers, M.T., Elliott, E.M., & Bain, D.J. (2013). Constraining Nitrogen Inputs to Urban Streams from Leaking Sewers Using Inverse Modeling: Implications for Dissolved Inorganic Nitrogen (DIN) Retention in Urban Environments. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 47(4), 1816-1823.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/es304331m.

Felix, J.D., & Elliott, E.M. (2013). The agricultural history of human-nitrogen interactions as recorded in ice core δ15N-NO3-. GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH LETTERS, 40(8), 1642-1646.American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1002/grl.50209.

Redling, K., Elliott, E., Bain, D., & Sherwell, J. (2013). Highway contributions to reactive nitrogen deposition: tracing the fate of vehicular NOx using stable isotopes and plant biomonitors. BIOGEOCHEMISTRY, 116(1-3), 261-274.Springer Science and Business Media LLC. doi: 10.1007/s10533-013-9857-x.

Felix, J.D., Elliott, E.M., & Shaw, S.L. (2012). Nitrogen Isotopic Composition of Coal-Fired Power Plant NOx: Influence of Emission Controls and Implications for Global Emission Inventories. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 46(6), 3528-3535.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/es203355v.

Elliott, E.M., Kendall, C., Boyer, E.W., Burns, D.A., Lear, G.G., Golden, H.E., Harlin, K., Bytnerowicz, A., Butler, T.J., & Glatz, R. (2009). Dual nitrate isotopes in dry deposition: Utility for partitioning NOx source contributions to landscape nitrogen deposition. JOURNAL OF GEOPHYSICAL RESEARCH-BIOGEOSCIENCES, 114(G4).American Geophysical Union (AGU). doi: 10.1029/2008JG000889.

Elliott, E.M., Kendall, C., Wankel, S.D., Burns, D.A., Boyer, E.W., Harlin, K., Bain, D.J., & Butler, T.J. (2007). Nitrogen isotopes as indicators of NOx source contributions to atmospheric nitrate deposition across the Midwestern and northeastern United States. ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, 41(22), 7661-7667.American Chemical Society (ACS). doi: 10.1021/es070898t.

Kendall, C., Elliott, E.M., & Wankel, S.D. (2007). Tracing Anthropogenic Inputs of Nitrogen to Ecosystems. In Stable Isotopes in Ecology and Environmental Science: Second Edition. (pp. 375-449).Wiley. doi: 10.1002/9780470691854.ch12.

Felix, J.D., & Elliott, E.M. (2012). Examining the sources and transport of agricultural reactive N emissions using stable isotope techniques. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 244.

Felix, J.D., & Elliott, E.M. (2012). Investigating ammonia emission sources and transport using stable nitrogen isotopes. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 244.

Shaw, S.L., Kumar, N., Felix, J.D., & Elliott, E. (2012). Stable nitrogen isotopic signatures as potential source tracers for nitrate deposition: The signature of coal-fired power plant NOx. In Air and Waste Management Association - Aerosol and Atmospheric Optics: Visibility and Air Pollution Specialty Conference 2012, (pp. 468-472).

Felix, J.D., Elliott, E.M., Maghirang, R., Briggs, J., McConnell, L., Gish, T., Hastings, M., & Gay, D. (2011). Source apportionment and tracing of agricultural and fossil fuel reactive N emissions using stable isotopic composition. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 242.

David Felix, J., Elliott, E.M., & Shaw, S. (2010). Nitrogen stable isotopic composition of NOx emissions from two coal-fired power plants. In Air and Waste Management Association - Symposium on Air Quality Measurement Methods and Technology 2010, 1, (pp. 486-491).

Felix, J.D., Elliott, E.M., Ham, J., & McConnell, L.L. (2009). Distinguishing sources and fate of atmospheric reactive nitrogen and particulate matter using stable isotopes. In ABSTRACTS OF PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY, 238, (p. 533).

Bell, M.L., Hobbs, B.F., Elliott, E.M., Ellis, H., & Robinson, Z. (2000). An evaluation of multicriteria decision-making methods in integrated assessment of climate policy. In RESEARCH AND PRACTICE IN MULTIPLE CRITERIA DECISION MAKING, 487, (pp. 228-237).