Landon Marston

Civil and Environmental Engineering

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.

Landon Marston

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.).


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Recent Relevant Publication

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Zib, L. III, Byrne, D. M., Marston, L. T., & Chini, C. M. (2021). Operational Carbon Footprint of the U.S. Water and Wastewater Sector’s Energy Consumption. Journal of Cleaner Production, 128815.

Ao, Y. Z.*, Hendricks, N. P., & Marston, L. T. (2021). Growing farms and groundwater depletion in the Kansas High Plains. Environmental Research Letters, 16, 084065.

Siddik, M. A. B.*, Shehabi, A., & Marston, L. T. (2021). The environmental footprint of data centers in the United States. Environmental Research Letters, 16, 064017. 

Marston, L. T., Read, Q. D., Brown, S.*, & Muth, M. K. (2021). Reducing water scarcity by reducing food loss and waste. Frontiers in Sustainable Food Systems, 5, 85.

Yu, D. J., Chang, H., Davis, T. T., Hillis, V., Marston, L. T., Oh, W. S., Sivapalan, M. & Waring, T. M. (2020). Socio-hydrology: an interplay of design and self-organization in a multilevel world. Ecology and Society, 25(4):22.

Marston, L. T., Lamsal, G.*, Ancona, Z. H., Caldwell, P., Richter, B. D., Ruddell, B. L., Rushforth, R. R. & Davis, K. F. (2020). Reducing water scarcity by improving water productivity in the United States. Environmental Research Letters, 15(9), 094033.

Richter, B.D., Bartak, N., Caldwell, P., Davis, K.F., Debaere, P., Hoekstra, A.Y., Li, T., Marston, L., McManamay, R., Mekonnen, M., Ruddell, B., Rushforth, R., & Troy, T. (2020). Water scarcity and fish imperilment driven by beef production. Nature Sustainability, doi: 10.1038/s41893-020-0483-z.

Gumidyala, S., Ruess, P.J., Konar, M., Marston, L., Dalin, C., & Wada, Y. (2020). Groundwater depletion embedded in domestic transfers and international exports of the United States. Water Resources Research, doi: 10.1029/2019WR024986.

Read, Q.D., Brown, S.*, Cuéllar, A.D., Finn, S.M., Gephart, J.A., Marston, L., Meyer, E., Weitz, K.A., & Muth, M.K. (2019). Assessing the environmental impacts of halving food loss and waste along the food supply chain. Science of the Total Environment, 136255,

Lin, X., Ruess, P., Marston, L., & Konar, M. (2019). Food flows between counties in the United States. Environmental Research Letters, doi: 10.1088/1748-9326/ab29ae.

Djehdian, L., Chini, C., Marston, L., Konar, M., & Stillwell, A. (2019). Exposure of Urban Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Systems to Water Scarcity. Sustainable Cities and Society, Vol 50, pp. 101621, doi: 10.1016/j.scs.2019.101621