Emily Elliott is a faculty member in the Department of Geology and Environmental Science in the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the Pittsburgh Water Collaboratory, and Director of the Regional Stable Isotope Laboratory for Earth & Environmental Science Research. She is passionate about the importance of interdisciplinary geosciences for addressing sustainability challenges, facilitating community-engaged research, promoting diversity in the geosciences, and science communication.
She was recognized as “an innovator, advocating for sustainability in research, education, and community engagement,” her nomination letter noted. Her grant from the National Science Foundation, it said, “has reshaped (the) Geology and Environmental Science curriculum to focus on urban systems while highlighting the importance of sustaining the underlying terrestrial and aquatic systems that support the cities we live in.” Elliott, it added, also directs sustainability-focused undergraduate research-service projects and helped establish the undergraduate sustainability certificate. Her work in the community includes creating interactive sustainability-themed pop-up exhibits at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and the installation of public air-quality monitoring stations in Etna, Millvale and Sharpsburg.
Emily is a 2019 Pitt Sustainability Award Winner (Faculty)