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Civil Engineering

Landon Marston | Assistant Professor

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Ph.D. - 2017, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Civil and Environmental Engineering
M.Eng. - 2009, Texas A&M University
Civil Engineering
MBA - 2008, University of Kentucky

B.S. - 2007, University of Kentucky
Civil Engineering

Contact Information

2137 Fiedler Hall

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Professional Experience

Landon Marston earned his bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and MBA from the University of Kentucky, master’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M, and doctorate in civil and environmental engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Before pursuing his doctorate, he worked in both the private and public sector. He spent a year at Jones and Carter Inc. as a design engineer before beginning a four-year stint with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a water resources engineer. With the Corps, Marston primarily worked on flood and dam risk assessments, which involved extensive hydrologic and hydraulic system modelling. He spent part of his career working for the Corps’ research and policy centers, including the Risk Management Center, International Center for Integrated Water Resources Management and the Hydrologic Engineering Center. He obtained his professional engineering license in 2013 for the state of Kentucky.


Marston’s research explores the interdependencies among food, water, energy and trade in order to establish tradeoffs, assess risk, and inform sustainable policy and management of these resources. More generally, he is interested in how society and water resources co-evolve across different scales in a coupled human-nature system. His research is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing from hydrology, water resources engineering and economics. He has published papers on several related research areas including water footprint assessment and virtual water trade, water reallocation, the water-food-energy nexus, socio-hydrology and integrated river basin management. His work has been covered by the New York Times, TIME Magazine and Los Angeles Times, among others.

Academic Highlights

Marston has been recognized for his research and teaching at the departmental, university and national levels. At the University of Illinois, he was named Distinguished Teaching Fellow within the department of civil and environmental engineering. His students consistently evaluate him as “excellent,” a distinction reserved for the top quartile of campus instructors. In addition, he was one of only five university instructors to receive the student-sponsored Teaching Excellence Award for recognition of outstanding teaching and instruction. His research and academic achievements have led to several awards and fellowships including the National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, and the Universities Council on Water Resources Ph.D. Dissertation Award.

One of his chief goals as a faculty member is to provide graduate and undergraduate students with cutting-edge research opportunities and engaging classroom experiences that will expand their horizons and equip them for their future careers. Mentoring students is one of the most rewarding parts of his job.