Markus Flury

Markus Flury


Puyallup Research & Extension Center
2606 West Pioneer Ave.
Puyallup WA 98371-4922 USA
Phone 253-445-4522


M.S. University of Zurich, Switzerland, 1989
Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, 1993

Curriculum Vita


Water and solute transport in the vadose zone, colloid and colloid-faciltated transport in the vadose zone, sorption mechanisms of organic solutes and its effects on transport, lateral dispersion mechanisms, dye tracers for vadose zone hydrology,interpretation development of soil physical measurement techniques, importance of soils for civilizations. Learn about fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface here.


1. Refereed Journal Articles

Schulze-Makuch, D., et al. A transitory microbial habitat in the hyperarid Atacama Desert, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, 115, 2670–2675, 2018.

Zhang, L., H. Y. Sintim, A. I. Bary, D. G. Hayes, L. C. Wadsworth, M. B. Anunciado, and M. Flury, Ingestion and transport of polyethylene and biodegradable plastic mulch by Lumbricus terrestris, Sci. Total Environ., 1600–1608, 2018.

Flury, M., and S. Aramrak, Role of air-water interfaces in colloid transport in porous media: A review, Water Resour. Res., 53, 5247–5275, 2017.

Sintim, H. Y., and M. Flury, Is biodegradable plastic mulch the solution to agriculture’s plastic problem?, Environ. Sci. Technol., 51, 1068–1069, 2017.

Saglam, M., H. Y. Sintim, A. I. Bary, C. A. Miles, S. Ghimire, D. A. Inglis, and M. Flury, Modeling the effect of biodegradable paper and plastic mulch on soil moisture dynamics, Agric. Water Manage., 193, 240–250, 2017.

Hayes, D. G., L. C. Wadsworth, H. Y. Sintim, M. Flury, M. English, S. Schaeffer, and A. M. Saxton, Effect of diverse weathering conditions on the physicochemical properties of biodegradable plastic mulches, Polymer Testing, 62, 454–467, 2017.

Yang, W., Y. Wang, P. Sharma, B. Li, K. Liu, J. Liu, M. Flury, and J. Shang, Effect of naphtha- lene on transport and retention of biochar colloids through saturated porous media, Colloids Surf. Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 530, 146–154, 2017.

Vereecken, H., A. Schnepf, J.W. Hopmans, M. Javaux, D. Or, T. Roose, J. Vanderborght, M. Young, W. Amelung, M. Aitkenhead, S.D. Allisson, S. Assouline, P. Baveye, M. Berli, N. Bruggemann, P. Finke, M. Flury, T. Gaiser, G. Govers, T. Ghezzehei, P. Hallett, H.J. Hendricks Franssen, J. Heppel, R. Horn, J.A. Huisman, D. Jacques, F. Jonard, S. Kollet, F. Lafolie, K. Lamorski, D. Leitner, A. McBratney, B. Minasny, C. Montzka, W. Nowak, Y. Pachepsky, J. Padarian, N. Romano, K. Roth, Y. Rothfuss, E.C. Rowe, A. Schwen, J. Simunek, J. Van Dam, S.E.A.T.M. van der Zee, H.J. Vogel, J.A. Vrugt, T. Wohling, and I.M. Young, Modeling soil processes: Key challenges and new perspectives, Vadose Zone J., 15, doi:10.2136/vzj2015.09.0131, 2016.

Chahal, M.K., Z. Shi, and M. Flury, Nutrient leaching and copper speciation in compost-amended bioretention systems, Sci. Total Environ., 556, 302–309, 2016.

Chahal, M.K., J.B. Harsh, and M. Flury, Translocation of fluoranthene in porous media by advancing and receding air-water interfaces, Colloids Surf. Physicochem. Eng. Aspects, 492, 62–70, 2016.

Knappenberger, T., S. Aramrak, and M. Flury, Transport of barrel and spherical shaped colloids in unsaturated porous media, J. Contam. Hydrol., 180, 69–79, 2015.

Mullane, J.M., M. Flury, H. Iqbal, P.M. Freeze, C. Hinman, C.G. Cogger, and Z. Shi, Intermittent rainstorms cause pulses of nitrogen, phosphorus, and copper in leachate from compost in bioretention systems, Sci. Total Environ., 537, 294–303, 2015.

Iqbal, H., M. Garcia-Perez, and M. Flury, Effect of biochar on leaching of organic carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus from compost in bioretention systems, Sci. Total Environ., 521–522, 37–45, 2015.

Iqbal, H., A.M. Baig, U.M. Hanif, U.S.M. Ali, and M. Flury, Leaching of metals, organic carbon and nutrients from municipal waste under semi-arid conditions, Int. J. Environ. Res., 9, 187–196, 2015.

Dickson, J.O., J.B. Harsh, M. Flury, and E.M. Pierce, Immobilization and exchange of perrhenate in sodalite and cancrinite, Micropor. Mesopor. Mater., 214, 115–120, 2015.

Dickson, J.O., J.B. Harsh, M. Flury, W.W. Lukens, and E.M. Pierce. 2014. Competitive incorporation of perrhenate and nitrate into sodalite. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48:12851–12857.

Aramrak, S., M. Flury, J.B. Harsh, and R.L. Zollars. 2014. Colloid mobilization and trans- port during capillary fringe fluctuations. Environ. Sci. Technol. 48:7272–7279.

Knappenberger, T., M. Flury, E.D. Mattson, and J.B. Harsh. 2014. Does water content or flow rate control colloid transport in unsaturated porous media? Environ. Sci. Technol. 48:3791– 3799.

Chatterjee, N., and M. Flury. 2013. Effect of particle shape on capillary forces acting on particles at the air-water interface. Langmuir 29:7903-7911.

Aramrak, S., M. Flury, J.B. Harsh, R.L. Zollars, and H.P. Davis. 2013. Does colloid shape affect detachment of colloids by a moving air-water interface? Langmuir 29:5770-5780.

Liu, Z., M. Flury, Z.F. Zhang, J.B. Harsh, G.W. Gee, C.E. Strickland, and R.E. Clayton. 2013. Transport of europium colloids in vadose zone lysimeters at the semi-arid Hanford site. Environ. Sci. Technol. 47:2153-2160.

Liu, Z., M. Flury, J.B. Harsh, J.B. Mathison, and C. Vogs. 2013. Colloid mobilization in an undisturbed sediment core under semi-arid recharge rates. Water Resour. Res. 49:4985-4996.

Watanabe, K., T. Kito, D. Shuhui, J. Wu, R.C. Greer, and M. Flury. 2013. Water ininfiltration into a frozen soil with simultaneous melting of the frozen layer. Vadose Zone J. 12, doi:10.2136/vzj2011.0188.

Singh, P., H.M. Ibrahim, M. Flury, W.F. Schillinger, and T. Knappenberger. 2013. Critical water potentials for germination of wheat cultivars in the dryland Northwest USA. Seed Sci. Res. 23:189-198.

Rod, K.A., D.M. Wellman, M. Flury, E.M. Pierce, and J.B. Harsh. 2013. Diusive release of uranium from contaminated sediments into capillary fringe pore water. J. Contam. Hydrol. 140-141:164-172.

2. Book Chapters

Bittelli, M., A. Pistocchi, F. Tomei, P. Roggero, R. Orsini, M. Toderi, G. Antolini, and M. Flury. 2011. Criteria-3d: a mechanistic model for surface and subsurface hydrology for small catchments. In Soil Hydrology, Land Use and Agriculture: Measurement and Modelling, edited by M. K. Shukla, pp. 253-265, CABI International, Wallingford, UK.

Mattson, E.D., C.D. Palmer, R.W. Smith, and M. Flury. 2010. Centrifuge techniques and apparatus for transport experiments in porous media. In Physical Modelling in Geotechnics, edited by Springman, Laue, and Seward, pp. 1465-1470, Taylor and Francis Group, London.

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