Dr. Markus Tuller

I have a variety of research interests that align with the overarching topic of “Critical Zone Science,” mainly with mass and energy transfer within the soil and in the atmosphere. I am involved in numerous projects with national and international collaborators. Motivated by the obvious trend of global warming and in view of potential federal regulations, my students and I are currently heavily involved with the development of cost-efficient novel means to measure greenhouse gas emissions from natural ecosystems and agricultural operations  under varying environmental conditions. Another one of my favorite projects is the application of X-Ray Computed Tomography to determine pore morphological and hydraulic properties of soils. This project has wide-ranging implications for environmental remediation and many other applications, such as oil recovery. For an in-depth overview about our research please visit our webpage at http://ag.arizona.edu/swes/soilphysics/. I thank all my students for engaging in all the exciting projects and contributing to new knowledge that hopefully will benefit society at large. Besides research I enjoy teaching Soil Physics (SWES 470/570) and Modeling of Mass and Energy Transport in Soils (SWES 605; with Marcel Schaap). On a final note, I want to mention that I am currently responsible for the SWES Graduate Programs. I encourage all graduate students to seek advice and consultation if problems surface during their time with the SWES Department; my door is always open.

I joined the SWES Department in 2007 and I’ve enjoyed being part of the diverse andvibrant UA community since. Being a native of Austria and spending time at Utah StateUniversity and the University of Idaho prior to my appointment at UA, I was always surrounded by abundant water and lush greenery. I still remember when I flew to Tucson for my job interview, and looked down on the brown and uninviting Sonoran desert, and thought that there was no way I could enjoy living in such environment. Once on the ground and after a hike through Saguaro National Park, I recognized the immense diversity of desert plants and animals and all the green not visible from the plane, and immediately fell in love with the desert and Tucson’s mixture of Hispanic and American culture. I consider myself lucky for the opportunity to teach and conduct research here.