Emily Elliott

Associate Professor

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Emily Elliott
502 SRCC
4107 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

412-624-8882

Biography

Dr. Emily M. Elliott is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh.  Prior to joining the University of Pittsburgh in 2007, she was a Postdoctoral Researcher with the U.S. Geological Survey, Water Resources Division.  She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD and her B.A. in Environmental Science at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, VA.

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Our Research in the Elliott Laboratory group examines the tight coupling between human activities and reactive nitrogen distributions in atmospheric, terrestrial and hydrologic systems at multiple spatial scales using stable isotope biogeochemistry. These coupled relationships are investigated in agricultural, energy production, transportation, and human-built environments to determine how best to manage inputs of reactive nitrogen to protect water quality, air quality, ecosystem and human health.  

Research Areas

Rose L, Elliott, EM, Adams, MB.  2015.  Triple nitrate isotopes indicate differing nitrate source contributions to streams across a nitrogen saturation gradient.  Ecosystems.  DOI: 10.1007/s10021-015-9891-8

Rose, L, Sebestyen, S, Elliott EM, Koba, K.  2015.  Drivers of Atmospheric Nitrate Processing in Forested Catchments.  Review Article.  Water Resources Research.  51(2):1333-1352.

Felix, JD, Elliott, EM, Avery, GB., Kieber, R, Mead, R, Willey J, Mullaugh, K.  2015.  Isotopic composition of nitrate in sequential Hurricane Irene precipitation samples:  Implications for changing NOx sources.  Short Communication.  Atmospheric Environment.  106: 191-195.

Divers MT, Elliott, EM, Bain, DJ.  2014.  Quantification of Nitrate Sources to an Urban Stream Using Dual Nitrate Isotopes.  Environmental Science & Technology.  48(18):  10,580-10,587. 

Felix JD, Elliott EM, Gish T, Magrihang R, Clougherty J, Cambal, L.  2014.  Examining the transport of ammonia emissions across landscapes using nitrogen isotope ratios.  Atmospheric Environment. 95:563-570.

Felix, JD and Elliott, EM.  2014.  The isotopic composition of passively collected nitrogen dioxide emissions:  Vehicle, soil and livestock source signatures.  Atmospheric Environment.  92:359-366. 

McGuire, KJ, Sebestyen, SD, Ohte, N, Elliott, EM, Gomi, T, Green, MG, McGlynn, ML, Tokuchim, N.  2014.  Merging perspectives in the catchment sciences: the US-Japan Joint Seminar on catchment hydrology and forest biogeochemistry.  Hydrological Processes. 28(5):2878-2880.

Felix, JD, Elliott EM, Gish T, McConnell L, Shaw, S.  2013.  Characterizing the isotopic composition of atmospheric ammonia emission sources using passive samplers and a combined oxidation-bacterial denitrifier isotope ratio mass spectrometer method.  Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry.  27(20), 2239-2246. 


Hastings, MG, Casciotti KL, Elliott, EM.  2013.  Stable Isotopes as Tracers of Anthropogenic Nitrogen Sources, Deposition, and Impacts.  Elements:  An International Magazine of Mineralogy, Geochemistry, and Petrology.  9: 339-344.  


Redling, KM, Elliott, EM, Bain, DJ, Sherwell, J.  2013.  Highway contributions to reactive nitrogen deposition:  Tracing the fate of vehicular NOx using stable isotopes and plant biomonitors.  Biogeochemistry. 10.1007/s10533-013-9857-x. 

Felix, JD and Elliott, EM.  2013.  The agricultural history of human-nitrogen interactions as recorded in ice core d15N-NO3.  Geophysical Research Letters.  40, 1–5, doi:10.1002/grl.50209, 2013.  

Divers MT, Elliott, EM, Bain, DJ.  2013.  Constraining nitrogen inputs to urban streams from leaking sewer infrastructure using inverse modeling:  Implications for DIN retention in urban environments.  Environmental Science & Technology.  47: 1816-1823.  DOI: 10.1021/es304331m.  

Felix, JD, Elliott, EM, Shaw, SL.  2012.  The isotopic composition of coal-fired power plant NOx:  The influence of emission controls and implications for global emission inventories.  Environmental Science & Technology.  46 (6):  3528–3535.  

Kaushal, SS, Groffman, PM, Band, LE, Elliott, EM, Shields, CA, Kendall, C.  2011.  Tracking nonpoint source nitrogen pollution in human-impacted watersheds.  Environmental Science & Technology.  45(9): 8225-8232.  

 

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GEOL 1904 Directed Reading:  Ecosystem Ecology: 
This course explores the complex interactions of Earth’s atmospheric, water, and life systems that determine the chemical characteristics of the environment.  The course examines the distribution, cycling, and transport of chemical compounds in the atmosphere, hydrosphere, and terrestrial environment on local and global scales.  Energy sources, production, and impacts to Earth's geochemistry are also explored.  .  

GEOL 3953 Watershed Hydrology and Biogeochemistry:
Understanding the science of watersheds is critical to improving water and ecosystem quality. This course will examine surface water  hydrology, biogeochemistry, and management of watersheds from an interdisciplinary perspective with a focus on how elemental fluxes are exchanged through atmospheric-terrestrial-aquatic interactions.  Taught in alternating years, cross-listed for graduate and undergraduate enrollment.

GEOL 2525 Stable Isotope Geochemistry:
This course provides an introduction to stable isotope systematics of light elements (hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and sulfur), principles of mass spectrometry, and applications for environmental systems.  Taught in alternating years, cross-listed for graduate and undergraduate enrollment.

GEOL 3956 Topics in Nitrogen Biogeochemistry:
A graduate seminar for those interested in nitrogen dynamics and biogeochemistry, and isotopic techniques for understanding human impacts to nitrogen cycling.  The format of the course will vary each semester dependent on interests of those enrolled in the course and current research directions.  The course will generally include critical reading and discussion of journal articles, presentation of laboratory and field results, and manuscript preparation.  Offered every semester.