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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 (pdf)


My principal research interest is in the area of flow and transport in porous media, particularly in the vadose zone. Specific areas include: (1) Colloids and nanoparticles in the environment; (2) characterization of water flow and solute transport in the vadose zone, (2) colloid and colloid-facilitated contaminant transport through the vadose zone, (3) soil physical instrumentation and their applications, (4) sustainable use of soil resources.

In the past years my group has focused on fate and transport of radionuclides in the subsurface, with special emphasis on clean-up of nuclear waste at the Hanford Reservation in Washington State. Recently, we have started to work on micro- and nanoplastics in terrestrial systems, focusing on extraction methods for biosolids and soils, accumulation in and transport through soil, and biodegradable plastics as alternative for polyethylene plastic mulch films.

Learn about fate and transport of contaminants in the subsurface here.

Learn about biodegradable plastic mulch film research here.

Learn about vadose zone hydrology at WSU here.

See the Soil Physics/Vadose Zone Hydrology Group Members here.


Google Scholar

Taylor, S.E., C.I. Pearce, K.A. Sanguinet, D. Hu, W.B. Chrisler, Y.-M. Kim, Z. Wang, and M. Flury. 2020. Polystyrene nano- and microplastic accumulation at Arabidopsis and wheat root cap cells, but no evidence for uptake into roots, Environ. Sci.: Nano, 7, 1942–1953.

Kessenich, B.L., N. Pokhrel, J.K. Kibue, E. Nakouzi, M. Flury, L. Maibaum, and J.J.D. Yoreo. 2020. Negatively-charged lipids exhibit negligible effects on the water repellency of montmorillonite films, ACS Omega, 5,12154–12161.

Sintim, H.Y., A.I. Bary, D.G. Hayes, L.C. Wadsworth, M.B. Anunciado, M.E. English, S. Bandopadhyay, S.M. Schaeffer, J.M. DeBruyn, C.A. Miles, J.P. Reganold, and M. Flury. 2020. In situ degradation of biodegradable plastic mulch films in compost and agricultural soil, Sci. Total Environ., 727, 138668,

Yang, W., J. Shang, B. Li, and M. Flury. 2020. Surface and colloid properties of biochar and implications for transport in porous media, Critical Rev. Environ. Sci. Technol., 50, 2484–2522.

Yang, W., T. Feng, M. Flury, B. Li, and J. Shang. 2020. Effect of sulfamethazine on surface characteristics of biochar colloids and its implications for transport in porous media, Environ. Pollut., 256, 113482,

Ghimire, S., M. Flury, E.J. Scheenstra, and C.A. Miles. 2020. Sampling and degradation of biodegradable plastic and paper mulches in field after tillage incorporation, Sci. Total Environ., 703, 135577,

Zhang, H., M. Flury, C. Miles, H. Liu, and L. DeVetter. 2020. Soil-biodegradable plastic mulches undergo minimal in-soil degradation in a perennial raspberry system after 18 months, Horticulturae, 6, 47, doi:10.3390/horticulturae6030047.

Kessenich, B.L., N. Pokhrel, E. Nakouzi, C.J. Newcomb, M. Flury, L. Maibaum, and J. J. D.Yoreo. 2019. Connecting wettability, topography, and chemistry in a simple lipid-montmorillonite system. J. Colloid Interface Sci., 55, 498-508.

Shahzad, K., A.I. Bary, D.P. Collins, L. Chalker-Scott, M. Abid, H.Y. Sintim, and M. Flury. 2019. Carbon dioxide and oxygen exchange at the soil-atmosphere boundary as affected by various mulch materials. Soil Till. Res., 194, 104335.

Sintim, H.Y., A.I. Bary, D.G. Hayes, M.E. English, S.M. Schaeer, C.A. Miles, A. Zelenyuk, K. Suski, and M. Flury. 2019. Release of micro- and nanoparticles from biodegradable plastic during in situ composting. Sci. Total Environ., 675, 686-693.

Sintim, H.Y., S. Bandopadhyay, M.E. English, A.I. Bary, J.M. DeBruyn, S.M. Schaeer, C.A. Miles, J.P. Reganold, and M. Flury. 2019. Impacts of biodegradable plastic mulches on soil health. Agric. Ecosystems Environ., 273, 36-49.

Yang, W., J. Shang, P. Sharma, B. Li, K. Liu, and M. Flury. 2019. Colloidal stability and aggregation kinetics of biochar colloids: Effects of pyrolysis temperature, cation type, and humic acid concentrations. Sci. Total Environ., 658, 1306-1315.

Wang, Z., and M. Flury. 2019. Effects of freezing-thawing and wetting-drying on heavy metal leaching from biosolids. Water Environ. Res., 91, 465-474.


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