Markus Tuller
Director, Graduate Programs, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science
Professor of Soil and Environmental Physics, Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
(520) 621-7225

I joined the SWES Department in 2007 and I’ve enjoyed being part of the diverse and vibrant UA community since. Being a native of Austria and spending time at Utah State University 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 is 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 at this great place. 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 at the soil-atmospheric boundary. 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/.

Selected Citations: 

ROBINSON, D.A., I. FRASER, E.J. DOMINATI, B. DAVÍÐSDÓTTIR, J.O.G. JÓNSSON, L. JONES, S.B. JONES, M. TULLER, I. LEBRON, K.L. BRISTOW, D.M. SOUZA, S. BANWART, and B.E. CLOTHIER, 2014. On the Value of Soil Resources in the Context of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Service Delivery. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 78(3):685-700, doi:10.2136/sssaj2014.01.0017.

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.

CHAMINDU DEEPAGODA, T.K.K., S.B. JONES, M. TULLER, L.W. DE JONGE, K. KAWAMOTO, T. KOMATSU, and P. MOLDRUP, 2014. Modeling Gravity Effects of Water Retention and Gas Transport Characteristics in Plant Growth Substrates. Advances in Space Research, 54:797-808, doi:10.1016/j.asr.2014.04.018.

ARTHUR, E., M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2014. Evaluation of a Fully Automated Analyzer for Rapid Measurement of Water Vapor Sorption Isotherms for Applications in Soil Science. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 78(3):754-760, doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.11.0481.

NAVEED, M., E. ARTHUR, L.W. DE JONGE, M. TULLER, and P. MOLDRUP 2014. Structure of Natural and Regenerated Soil Aggregates: A X-ray Computed Tomography Analysis. Soil Sci. Soc. Am. J., 78:377-386, doi:10.2136/sssaj2013.06.0216.

HU, E., E.L. BABCOCK, S.E. BIALKOWSKI, S.B. JONES, and M. TULLER, 2014. Methods and Techniques for Measuring Gas Emissions from Agricultural and Animal Feeding Operations. Critical Reviews in Analytical Chemistry, 44(3):200-219, doi:10.1080/10408347.2013.843055.

MASÍS-MELÉNDEZ, F., T.K.K. CHAMINDU DEEPAGODA, L.W. DE JONGE, M. TULLER, and P. MOLDRUP, 2014. Gas Diffusion-Derived Tortuosity Governs Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity in Sandy Soils. Journal of Hydrology, 512:388-396, doi:10.1016/j.jhydrol.2014.02.063.

NAVEED, M., P. MOLDRUP, H-J. VOGEL, M. LAMANDÉ, D. WILDENSCHILD, M. TULLER, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2014. Impact of Long-Term Fertilization Practice on Soil Structure Evolution. Geoderma, 217-218:181-189, doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2013.12.001.

ARTHUR, E., M. TULLER, P. MOLDRUP, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2014. Rapid and Fully Automated Measurement of Water Vapor Sorption Isotherms: New Opportunities for Vadose Zone Research. Vadose Zone J., 13(1), doi:10.2136/vzj2013.10.0185.

ARTHUR, E., P. SCHJØNNING, P. MOLDRUP, F. RAZZAGHI, M. TULLER, and L.W. DE JONGE, 2014. Soil Structure and Microbial Activity Dynamics in 20–Month Field–Incubated Organic-Amended Soils. European Journal of Soil Science, 65(2):218-230, doi:10.1111/ejss.12121.

Research Themes: 
Agriculture
Carbon emissions and offsets
Climate change impacts
Land use change
Modeling and simulation
Natural resource management
Sustainable mining
Agriculture
Air quality
Arid lands
Development
Drought
Dynamics
Ecosystem management
Emissions
Global warming
International
Land use
Mitigation
Modeling and simulation
Range management
Remote sensing
Water resources
Energy
Air quality
Agriculture
Desertification
Drought
International development
Algorithm development
Data analysis
Data visualization
Mathematical and system dynamics modeling
Modeling and simulation
Optics and imaging
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Carbon cycling
Desertification
Ecohydrology
Ecosystem services
Erosion and sedimentation
Geological processes
Land use change
Modeling and simulation
Natural resource management
Nutrient cycling
Soil science
Terrestrial ecology
Public Health
Air quality
Soil contaminants
Water contaminants
Urban Environment
Agriculture
Air quality
Biogeochemical processes
Climate change impacts
Green infrastructure
Modeling and simulation
Remote sensing
Water resource management
Water
Agriculture
Arid lands
Biogeochemical processes
Climate change impacts
Contaminants
Desalinization
Ecohydrology
Engineering
Hydrology
Modeling and simulation
Remote sensing
Sustainable mining
Waste containment
Water resource management
Watershed hydrology
Watershed management

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