Markus Tuller

Markus Tuller
Professor of Soil and Environmental Physics
Director, SWES Graduate Programs
Building/Room: 
Shantz Building, 526
Office Phone: 
(520) 621-7225
Fax: 
(520) 621-1647

Ph.D., Soil Physics and Water Management, 1997, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

M.S., Civil Engineering and Water Management, 1993, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria

Professional Service
- Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal
- Newsletter Editor & Webmaster for the Soil Science Society of America Soil Physics Division
- Committee Member and Webmaster for the Kirkham Conferences
- Technical member of the W-1188 Research Committee
- Panel review services for the NRI soil processes program
- Proposal review services for NRI-CGP, NSF, USGS-NIWR, BARD
- Peer review services for Advances in Water Resources, Austrian Journal of Agricultural Research, Canadian Geotechnical Journal, Geoderma, Geophysical Research Letters, Hydrogeology Journal, Journal of Environmental Quality (JEQ), Journal of Hydrology, Journal of Porous Media (JPM), Journal of Soil and Water Conservation, Soil Science, Soil Science Society of America Journal (SSSAJ), Transport in Porous Media (TIPM), Vadose Zone Journal (VZJ), Water, Air, & Soil Pollution, and Water Resources Research (WRR)

Award for Excellence in Recognition of Outstanding Contributions to Western Region Multistate Research, Western Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors, July 2011

Recognition by the Soil Science Society of America (SSSA) for Associate Editor Services for the Vadose Zone Journal (VZJ), May 2009

Recognition by the Davidson Institute for Talent Development for Mentoring, August 2005

Soil Science Society of America S-1 Soil Physics Early Career Award, Nov 4, 2003

Editors’ Citation for Excellence in Manuscript Review -  Vadose Zone Journal, Jun 10, 2003

NASA Student Involvement Program NSIP Research Advisor Award, May 5, 2003

UI Alumni Award for Excellence, University of Idaho, Fall 2002

Deans Commendation for Teaching Excellence, University of Idaho, Spring 2002

Since 08/2012: Professor, University of Arizona
Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science

Since 08/2012: Joint Professor, University of Arizona
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

Since 05/2010: Affiliated Faculty, University of Arizona
The Lowell Institute for Mineral Resources

Since 05/2009: Affiliated Faculty, University of Aarhus, Denmark
STAiR International Research Education Program for Soil Technology and Interdisciplinary Research in Soil and Environmental Sciences

Since 01/2007: Affiliated Faculty, University of Arizona
The Institute of the Environment

10/2007 – 07/2012: Joint Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Department of Hydrology and Water Resources

01/2007 – 07/2012: Associate Professor, University of Arizona
Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science

08/2006 – 12/2006: Associate Professor, University of Idaho
Department of Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences

08/2006 – 12/2006: Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Idaho
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

08/2001 – 07/2006: Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Department of Plant, Soil & Entomological Sciences

08/2001 – 07/2006: Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Idaho
Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering

04/1997 – 07/2001: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Utah State University
Department of Plants, Soils and Climate

07/1993 – 03/1997: Research Assistant, University of Agricultural Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, Austria
Institute of Hydraulics and Rural Water Management 

My research program focuses on modeling and measurement of mass and energy transport and distribution in porous media. Specific research interests include: (1) hydraulic behavior of swelling soils and liner materials; (2) interfacial pore scale phenomena affecting liquid organization and behavior in porous media; (3) preferential flow in structured soils and fractured rock; (4) liquid behavior in porous media under reduced gravity for space exploration; (5) stability and flow of fine granular materials; (6) application of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for quantification of pore topological attributes. I am also interested in application and development of cutting-edge measurement techniques for in situ characterization of soil hydraulic properties.

Soil Physics (SWES 470/570)
This course is intended to provide students majoring in soils, environmental sciences and engineering, hydrology, geophysics, geography, and related disciplines with the theoretical and practical basis for understanding and quantifying physical and hydrological properties of soils. The course focuses on hydro-physical processes taking place near the Earth's surface emphasizing mass and energy exchange, and transport processes in saturated and partially-saturated soils at multiple scales. Coupling with the atmosphere and the role of plants in the hydrological cycle will be discussed. Students will gain hands-on experience with modern measurement methods and analytical tools for hydrological data collection and interpretation during the laboratory sessions.

Modeling of Mass and Energy Flow in Soils (SWES 605)
This modeling course is intended to provide students majoring in soils, environmental sciences and engineering, hydrology, geophysics, and related disciplines with the theoretical and computational basis for understanding and quantifying (coupled) transport of heat, gas, water, solutes and colloids in saturated and unsaturated soils. The course focuses on the physical, chemical and biological principles that control and drive the transport processes in one, two, and three dimensions. Hands-on training is an important aspect of this course with about half of the contact hours reserved for in-class use of state-of-the-art computer codes that deal with practically applicable transport problems. Students gain (1) experience with formulation and characterization of transport phenomena in soils and energy and mass exchange with vegetation and atmosphere; (2) familiarity with Richards' and convection-dispersion equations (origin, derivation and solution methods); and (3) familiarity with latest vadose zone research on water and solute transport.

Physical Characterization and Monitoring of the Critical Zone (SWES 625)
The critical zone (CZ), the outer terrestrial layer that ranges from the top of the vegetation cover down to the bottom of the aquifer, undergoes rapid transformations in response to anthropogenic perturbations. To better understand spatial and temporal variability of complex physical, chemical, and biological processes and to develop environmentally sound management strategies for sustainable use of our natural resources, characterization and monitoring of CZ processes are essential tasks that require highly qualified experts in Environmental Sciences & Engineering. This new course is targeted at graduate students majoring in soils, environmental sciences and engineering, hydrology, geophysics, and geography. The course is intended to provide students with theory and hands-on training with state-of-the-art technology for CZ characterization, the design and setup of complex monitoring systems, and the required skills for analyzing and interpreting resulting data streams. Emphasis will be given to monitoring and characterization of vadose zone and groundwater processes, hydro-geochemical surface water processes, and climatic variables.

Merging Measurement and Modeling in Soil Physics (International Ph.D. Course)
The focus of the course is the need for a unified treatment of measurement and modeling in quantitative soil physics. Accepted and emerging concepts of key processes of water flow in unsaturated porous media are presented together with standard and novel measurement technologies. Specifically, we will discuss how advancements in our understanding of soil physics should guide the design of measurement and monitoring efforts. Similarly, we will discuss how the interpretation of measurements made with emerging indirect methods should be made in the context of the soil physical model of interest. The course is organized by the International Research Education Program for Soil Technology and Interdisciplinary Research in Soil and Environmental Sciences (STAiR). The target audience is comprised of international PhD students with backgrounds in agronomy, soil physics, geophysics, environmental engineering, hydrology, or hydrogeology.

Refereed International Journals

NAVEED, M., P. MOLDRUP, M.G. SCHAAP, M. TULLER, R. KULKARNI, H.-J. VOGEL, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2016. Prediction of biopore- and matrix-dominated flow from X-ray CT-derived macropore network characteristics. Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci., 20:4017–4030, doi:10.5194/hess-20-1-2016.

SADEGHI, M., B. GHAHRAMAN, A.W. WARRICK, M. TULLER, and S.B. JONES, 2016. A Critical Evaluation of the Miller and Miller Similar Media Theory for Application to Natural Soils.  Water Resour. Res., 52(5):3829–3846, doi:10.1002/2015WR017929.

ARTHUR, E., M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2016. Evaluation of Theoretical and Empirical Water Vapor Sorption Isotherm Models for Soils. Water Resour. Res., 52(1):190–205, doi:10.1002/2015WR017681.

KATUWAL, S., E. ARTHUR, M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2015. Quantification of Soil Pore Network Complexity with X-ray Computed Tomography and Gas Transport Measurements. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 79:1577-1589, doi:10.2136/sssaj2015.06.0227.

SADEGHI, M., M. TULLER, M.R. GOHARDOUST, and S.B. JONES, 2015. Reply to comments on "Column-scale unsaturated hydraulic conductivity estimates in coarse-textured homogeneous and layered soils derived under steady-state evaporation from a water table" [J. Hydrol. 519 (2014), 1238–1248]. Journal of Hydrology, 529(3):1277-1281, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.09.019.

KATUWAL, S., P. MOLDRUP, M. LAMANDÉ, M. TULLER, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2015. Effects of CT Number-Derived Matrix Density on Preferential Flow and Transport in Macroporous Agricultural Soils. Vadose Zone Journal, 14(7), doi:10.2136/vzj2015.01.0002.

MASÍS-MELÉNDEZ, F., L.W. DE JONGE, T.K.K. CHAMINDU DEEPAGODA, M. TULLER, and P. MOLDRUP, 2015. Effects of Soil Bulk Density on Gas Transport Parameters and Pore-Network Properties across a Sandy Field Site. Vadose Zone Journal, 14(7), doi:10.2136/vzj2014.09.0128.

PANGLE, L.A., S.B. DELONG, N. ABRAMSON, J. ADAMS, G. BARRON-GAFFORD, D.D. BRESHEARS, P. BROOKS, J. CHOROVER, W.E. DIETRICH, K. DONTSOVA, M. DURCIK, J. ESPELETA, T.P.A. FERRE, R. FERRIERE, W. HENDERSON, E. HUNT, T.E. HUXMAN, D. MILLAR, B. MURPHY, G-Y. NIU, M. PAVAO-ZUCKERMAN, J.D. PELLETIER, C. RASMUSSEN, J. RUIZ, S. SALESKA, M.G. SCHAAP, M. SIBAYAN, P.A. TROCH, M. TULLER, J. VAN HAREN, and X. ZENG, 2015. The Landscape Evolution Observatory: A Large-Scale Controllable Infrastructure to Study Coupled Earth-Surface Processes. Geomorphology, 244:190-203, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2015.01.020.

SOARES, A., P. MOLDRUP, A.L. VENDELBOE, S. KATUWAL, T. NORGAARD, C. DELERUE-MATOS, M. TULLER, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2015. Effects of Soil Compaction and Organic Carbon Content on Preferential Flow in Loamy Field Soils. Soil Science, 180(1):10-20, doi:10.1097/SS.0000000000000105.

ARTHUR, E., M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2015. Effects of biochar and manure amendments on water vapor sorption in a sandy loam soil. Geoderma, 243-244:175-182, doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2015.01.001.

ARTHUR, E., M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, D.K. JENSEN, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2015. Prediction of Clay Content from Water Vapor Sorption Isotherms Considering Hysteresis and Soil Organic Matter Content. European Journal of Soil Science, 66:206-217, doi:10.1111/ejss.12191.

JENSEN, D.K., M. TULLER, L.W. DE JONGE, E. ARTHUR, and P. MOLDRUP, 2015. A New Two-Stage Approach for Predicting the Soil Water Characteristic from Saturation to Oven-Dryness. Journal of Hydrology, 521:498-507, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.12.018.

LEÃO, T.P., and M. TULLER, 2014. Relating Soil Specific Surface Area, Water Film Thickness and Water Vapor Sorption. Water Resour. Res., 50:7873-7885, doi:10.1002/2013WR014941

SUTITARNNONTR, P., E.HU, M.TULLER, and S.B. JONES, 2014. Physical and Thermal Characteristics of Dairy Cattle Manure. J. Environ. Qual., 43:2115-2129, doi:10.2134/jeq2014.05.0212.

SADEGHI, M., M. TULLER, M.R. GOHARDOUST, and S.B. JONES, 2014. Column-Scale Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity Estimates in Coarse-Textured Homogeneous and Layered Soils Derived under Steady-State Evaporation from a Water Table. Journal of Hydrology, 519:1238-1248, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.09.004.

NAVEED, M., P. MOLDRUP, E. ARTHUR, M. HOLMSTRUP, M. NICOLAISEN, M. TULLER, L. HERATH, S. HAMAMOTO, K. KAWAMOTO, T. KOMATSU, H-J. VOGEL, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2014. When Soil Goes to Sleep: Simultaneous Changes in Biodiversity and Pedodiversity along an Anthropogenic Copper Gradient. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 78(4): 1239–1250, doi:10.2136/sssaj2014.02.0052.