Marie Livingston has a PhD from Colorado State University and is professor emeritus at University of Northern Colorado. She began her professional work in Colorado water markets in 1979 as a research economist with the Economic Research Service, USDA, in association with Colorado State University. In 1985 she joined the Economics Department at UNC.

Marie has published extensively on water law and economics, competition for water and water quality issues.  She worked as a consultant with the Denver Water Department, primarily on the benefit cost analysis of the proposed Two Forks Dam under various growth projections, as well as a consultant to the Central Colorado Water Conservancy District, NCWCD and local water investment firms.   Since retiring in 2010, she was inducted into the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics Hall of Fame and has taught a dozen courses at CSU, including Water Law, Policy and Administration.