Marcel Schaap

Professor, Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science

Marcel Schaap's research has included work on two NASA projects to study the effects of soil texture on soil hydraulic properties using artificial neural networks; measurement and modeling of an artificial contamination plume in the sediments at the Department of Energy’s Hanford site in Washington State; and work with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop soil electrical measurement methods for very dry soils. Other projects include working on observations of fluid behavior at the pore-scale using the Synchrotron facility in Argonne, Illinois, where he modeled observed fluid behavior with Lattice Boltzmann models using high-performance computers. Working at a much larger scale, he is collaborating with other faculty members to study the best way to simulate water movement patterns that were previously observed at the Maricopa Agricultural Center (MAC) farm.


  • PhD, Environmental Sciences, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1995