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Bill Elliot - Research Engineer

William J. Elliot

Emeritus Scientist
1221 South Main Street
United States

Phone: 208-883-2338
Fax: 208-883-2318
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Current Research

Forest and Rangeland Watershed Processes, Soil erosion processes and prediction, Applications of the Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) model to forests and rangelands, Impacts of forest management activities on runoff, erosion and sediment delivery; Improving the Interagency Water Erosion Prediction Project (WEPP) Model to better predict forest hydrologic processes; Develop predictive tools to support research in and management of forest and rangeland watersheds. Linking Fire Spread and Erosion Models.

For more information, please see:

Elliot, William J.; Miller, Mary Ellen; Enstice, Nic. 2016. Targeting forest management through fire and erosion modeling. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25: 876-887.

Miller, M. E.; Elliot, W. J.; Billmire, M.; Robichaud, P. R.; Endsley, K. A. 2016. Rapid-response tools and datasets for post-fire remediation: Linking remote sensing and process-based hydrological models. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25: 1061-1073.

Robichaud, Peter R.; Elliot, William J.; Lewis, Sarah A.; Miller, Mary Ellen. 2016. Validation of a probabilistic post-fire erosion model. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 25(3): 337-350.

Srivastava, A.; Dobre, M.; Wu, J. Q.; Elliot, W. J.; Bruner, E. A.; Dun, S.; Brooks, E. S.; Miller, I. S. 2013. Modifying WEPP to improve streamflow simulation in a Pacific Northwest watershed. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(2): 603-611.

Elliot, W. J. 2013. Erosion processes and prediction with WEPP technology in forests in the Northwestern U.S. Transactions of the ASABE. 56(2): 563-579.

Elliot, William J. 2010. Effects of forest biomass use on watershed processes in the western United States. Western Journal of Applied Forestry. 25(1)12-17.

Elliot, William J.; Miller, Ina Sue; Audin, Lisa. Eds. 2010. Cumulative watershed effects of fuel management in the western United States. Gen. Tech. Rep. RMRS-GTR-231. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. 299 p.

Research Interests

Making complex watershed tools useful to watershed managers.

Past Research

Vegetable and crop storage, soil erodibility properties.

Why This Research is Important

Water is essential for human livelihood, industrial productivity aquatic ecosystems and plant growth. The greatest pollutant of surface water is sediment. As we better understand watershed processes and sources and fates of sediment, we will better be able to provide abundant clean water for people in the U.S. and throughout the world.


  • Iowa State University, B.S. Agricultural Engineering 1971
  • University of Aberdeen, Scotland, M.S. Agricultural Engineering 1980
  • Iowa State University, Ph.D. Agricultural Engineering 1988

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
    1989 - 1991
    Lecture and teach labs in soil and water management and engineering to agriculture, natural resource, and agricultural engineering students. Research in soil erodibility prediction
  • Senior Lecturer, Writtle Agriculture College, Chelmsford, Essex, UK
    1982 - 1985
    Lecture and teach labs in machinery use and maintenance to agriculture and horticulture students, and to agricultural engineers
  • Agricultural Engineer, Rural Development Institute, Gbarnga, Liberia
    1981 - 1982
    Recruited by Near East Foundation, New York City, to: Lecture and teach labs in farm building design and construction, and machinery use to 2-yr agriculture students.
  • Mechanisation Advisor, North of Scotland College of Agriculture, Aberdeen, Scotland, UK
    1976 - 1980
    Assist farmers with crop storage, machinery selection, and land drainage.
  • Resident Engineer, Bahamas Agric. Devel. Project, Pennsylvania State University
    1974 - 1975
    On a USAID Project on Andros Island, Bahamas Develop and oversee machinery, vehicle and building maintenance programs Initiate research in land development and groundwater hydrology
  • U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer, Embu Institute of Agriculture, Embu, Kenya
    1971 - 1973
    Lecture and teach labs in farm building design and construction, and machinery use and maintenance

Professional Organizations

  • State of Ohio, Registered Professional Engineer (1989 - Current)
  • Soil and Water Conservation Society, Leader (1988 - Current)
  • American Society of Agricultural Engineers, Fellow (1973 - Current)
    Assist in planning technical sessions and specialty conferences

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Research Highlights


Planning it Forward: Building Erosion Prediction Databases to Support Rapid Assessment of Post-fire Erosion Risks

Following wildfires, Burned Area Emergency Response (BAER) teams are frequently assembled to quickly assess on-site and off-site risks to resour ...


Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Forest streams and lakes are renowned for their clarity, but scientists’ concern that forest streams are carrying excessive amounts of phospho ...


Quantifying Phosphorus Delivery Pathways in Forest Watersheds

Predictive model clearly shows the importance of lateral flow in delivering phosphorus from steep forested hillslopes to forest streams


Last updated on : 09/08/2021