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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

Griffin-LaHue, D., S. Ghimire, Y. Yu, E.J. Scheenstra, C.A. Miles, and M. Flury. 2022. In-field degradation of soil-biodegradable plastic mulch films in a Mediterranean climate. Sci. Total Environ., 806, 150238.

Yu, Y., and M. Flury. 2021. How to take representative samples to quantify microplastic particles in soil?, Sci. Total Environ., 748, 147166.

Yu, Y., and M. Flury, 2021. Current understanding of subsurface transport of micro- and nanoplastics in soil, Vadose Zone J., 20, e20108.

Yu, Y., M. Elliott, I. Chowdhury, and M. Flury. 2021. Transport mechanisms of motile and non-motile Phytophthora cactorum zoospores in unsaturated porous media, Water Resour. Res., 57, e2020WR028249.

Flury, M., and R. Narayan. 2021. Biodegradable plastic as integral part of the solution to plastic waste pollution of the environment, Current Opinion Green Sustainable Chem., 30, 100490.

Yang, W., T. Qu, M. Flury, X. Zhang, G. Sigmund, J. Shang, and B. Li. 2021. PAHs sorption to biochar colloids changes their mobility over time, J. Hydrol. (Amsterdam), 603, 126839.

Schulze-Makuch, D., D. Lipus, A. Airo, F. Arens, M. Baque, T.L. Bornemann, J.-P. deVera, M. Flury, J. Frosler, J. Heinz, Y. Hwang, S.P. Kounaves, K. Mangelsdorf, R.U. Meckenstock, M. Pannekens, A.J. Probst, J.S. Saenz, J. Schirmack, M. Schloter, P. Schmitt-Kopplin, B. Schneider, J. Uhl, G. Vestergaard, B. Valenzuela, P. Zamorano, and D.Wagner. 2021. Microbial hotspots in lithic microhabitats inferred from DNA fractionation and metagenomics in the Atacama Desert, Microorganisms, 9, 1038.

Sintim, H.Y., S. Bandopadhyay, M.E. English, A.I. Bary, J.E. Liquet y Gonzalez,
J.M. DeBruyn, S.M. Schaeffer, C.A. Miles, and M. Flury. 2021. Four years of continuous use of biodegradable plastic mulch: Effects on soil and groundwater quality, Geoderma, 381, 114665.

Anunciado, M. B., D.G. Hayes, L.C. Wadsworth, M.E. English, S.M. Schaeffer, H. Y. Sintim, and M. Flury. 2021. Impact of agricultural weathering on physicochemical properties of biodegradable plastic mulch films: Comparison of two diverse climates over four successive years, J. Polym. Environ., 29, 1-16.

Wang, Z., M. Li, M. Flury, S.M. Schaeffer, Y. Chang, Z. Tao, Z. Jia, S. Li, F. Ding,
and J. Wang, 2021. Agronomic performance of polyethylene and biodegradable plastic film mulches in a maize cropping system in a humid continental climate, Sci. Total Environ., 786, 147460.

Zhang, J., J.E. Amonette, and M. Flury. 2021. Effect of biochar particle size on water retention of sand, silt loam, and clay soil, Soil Till. Res., 212, 104992.

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