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Dr. Landon Marston

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Civil and Environmental Engineering

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Dr. Marston is a faculty member in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering whose research aims to provide new understanding and solutions for sustainable and resilient water resources management. His research group draws on approaches from multiple disciplines to evaluate complex human-water systems, ranging from local to global scales. In a rapidly changing world, Dr. Marston’s research group is dedicated to understanding how changes in climate, policy, regulations, and water rights propagate through human-water systems to inform decision-making and policy. Dr. Marston’s research takes a holistic approach to understanding the implications of environmental and societal change on the sustainability of and equity within interconnected hydro-economic systems.

His most significant scientific contributions to date demonstrate how instances of water scarcity and overexploitation of rivers and aquifers are often connected to nonlocal water demands fulfilled through infrastructure, policy, and trade of water-intensive goods.

Dr. Marston’s research is guided by the following societally and scientifically important questions: How is water used and shaped by economic activity? What are the environmental implications of meeting societal water demands? How do interconnected natural, economic, and infrastructure systems meet local and nonlocal water demands? How resilient are these systems to climate change and infrastructure failure? His efforts in addressing these questions has led to numerous referred journal articles, over $7 million in funding, and wide-reaching, international media coverage (e.g., New York Times, NBC News, National Geographic, etc.).