Associate Professor of Soil & Environmental Physics
Office: 526 Shantz Building
updated February 2010
My research program focuses on modeling and measurement of mass and energy transport and distribution in porous media. Specific research interests include: (1) hydraulic behavior of swelling soils and liner materials; (2) interfacial pore scale phenomena affecting liquid organization and behavior in porous media; (3) preferential flow in structured soils and fractured rock; (4) liquid behavior in porous media under reduced gravity for space exploration; (5) stability and flow of fine granular materials; (6) application of X-ray Computed Tomography (CT) for quantification of pore topological attributes. I am also interested in application and development of cutting-edge measurement techniques for in situ characterization of soil hydraulic properties.
Ph.D., Soil Physics and Water Management, 1997, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
M.S., Civil Engineering and Water Management, 1993, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences Vienna, Austria
1/07 - present Associate Professor of Soil & Environmental Physics, University of Arizona, Department of Soil, Water & Environmental Science
8/06 - 12/06 Associate Professor of Soil & Environmental Physics, University of Idaho Soil & Land Resources Division, PSES Department
8/01 - 7/06 Assistant Professor of Soil & Environmental Physics, University of Idaho Soil & Land Resources Division, PSES Department
4/97 - 7/01 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Utah State University
7/93 - 3/97 Research Assistant, University of Agricultural Sciences,
Vienna, Austria Department of Hydraulics and Water Management
2005 Recognition by the Davidson Institute for Talent
Development for Mentoring
- Associate Editor, Vadose Zone Journal
Refereed Journals Articles
SAN JOSÉ MARTÍNEZ, F., M.A. MARTIN, F.J. CANIEGO, M. TULLER, A. GUBER, Y. PACHEPSKY, and C. GARCIA-GUTIÉRREZ, 2010. Multifractal analysis of discretized X-ray CT images for the characterization of soil macropore structures, Geoderma, doi:10.1016/j.geoderma.2010.01.004.
OR, D., R. FEDORS, S. STOTHOFF, and M. TULLER, 2006. Reply to comment by Stefan Finsterle on "Seepage into drifts and tunnels in unsaturated fractured rock". Water Resour. Res., Vol. 42, No. 7, W0760410.1029/2006WR005008.
KAWAMOTO, K., P. MOLDRUP, T.P.A. FERRÉ, M. TULLER, O.H. JACOBSEN, and T. KOMATSU, 2006. Linking the Gardner and Campbell Models for Water Retention and Hydraulic Conductivity in Near-Saturated Soils, Soil Science, Vol. 171, No. 8, 573-584.
SHIRA J.M., B.C. WILLIAMS, M. FLURY, S. CZIGANY, and M. TULLER, 2006. Sampling silica and ferrihydrite colloids with fiberglass wicks under unsaturated conditions. J. Environ. Qual., Vol. 35, No. 4, 1127-1134.
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2005. Water films and scaling of soil characteristic curves at low water contents, Water Resour. Res., Vol. 41, No. 9, W0940310.1029/2005WR004142.
STEINBERG, S.L., G.J. KLUITENBERG, S.B. JONES, N.E. DAIDZIC, L.N. REDDI, M. XIAO, M. TULLER, R.M. NEWMAN, D. OR and J.I.D. ALEXANDER, 2005. Physical and hydraulic properties of baked ceramic aggregates used for plant growth medium. J. Amer. Soc. Hort. Sci. 130(5):767-774.
OR, D., M. TULLER, and R. FEDORS, 2005. Seepage into drifts and tunnels in unsaturated fractured rock. Water Resour. Res., Vol. 41, No. 5, W0502210.1029/2004WR003689.
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2003. Hydraulic Functions for Swelling Soils:
Pore Scale Considerations. Journal of Hydrology, 272(1-4):50-71.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 2003. Hydraulic conductivity of unsaturated fractured porous media: Flow in a cross-section. Advances in Water Resources, Vol.26, No.8, 883-898.
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2002. Unsaturated Hydraulic Conductivity of Structured Porous Media. Vadose Zone Journal, 1:14-37.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 2002. Cavitation during desaturation of porous media under tension. Water Resour. Res., Vol.38, No.5, 19.
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2001. Hydraulic conductivity of variably saturated porous media: Film and corner flow in angular pore space. Water Resour. Res., Vol.37, No.5, 1257-1276.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 2000. Flow in unsaturated fractured porous media: Hydraulic conductivity of rough surfaces. Water Resour. Res., Vol.36, No.5, 1165-1177.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 1999. Liquid retention and interfacial area in variably saturated porous media: upscaling from single pore to sample scale model. Water Resour. Res., Vol.35, No.12, 3591-3606.
TULLER, M., D. OR, and L.M. DUDLEY, 1999. Adsorption and capillary condensation in porous media -liquid retention and interfacial configurations in angular pores. Water Resour. Res., Vol.35, No.7, 1949-1964.
TULLER, M., M. K. SHUKLA, and W.LOISKANDL, 1997. Measurement of volumetric soil water content under field conditions with TDR and gypsum blocks. Österreichische Wasserwirtschaft ÖWAW, Vol.49, No.3-4, 64-69. (original in German)
CEPUDER, P., and M. TULLER, 1996. Simple field-testing sites to determine the extent of nitrogen leaching from agricultural areas. In N. Ahmad, Nitrogen Economy in Tropical Soils, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, 355-361.
CEPUDER, P., CH. SAILER, and M. TULLER, 1992. Field-testing sites for the determination of nitrate leaching from agricultural areas. Die Bodenkultur, Austrian Journal for Agricultural Research, Vol.43, No.4, 295-306. (original in German)
TULLER, M., and M.R. ISLAM, 2005. Field methods for monitoring solute transport. In J. Álvarez-Benedí and R. Muñoz-Carpena (Eds.), Soil-Water-Solute Process Characterization: An Integrated Approach, CRC Press, Boca Raton, FL, pp.309-355.
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2004. Water retention and characteristic curve. In D. Hillel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment - Volume 4, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, U.K., pp.278-289.
OR, D., M. TULLER, and J.M. WRAITH, 2004. Water potential. In D. Hillel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment - Volume 4, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, U.K., pp.270-277.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 2004. Capillarity. In D. Hillel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Soils in the Environment - Volume 1, Elsevier Ltd., Oxford, U.K., pp.155-163.
OR, D., and M. TULLER, 2001. Adsorption and capillary processes in variably saturated porous media - Pore scale hydrostatic and hydrodynamic considerations. In: H. Magdi Selim and Donald L. Sparks (editors) "Physical and Chemical Processes of Water and Solute Transport/Retention in Soils", SSSA Special Publication No.56, pp.1-50, ISBN 0-89118-835-5.
HEINSE, R., S.B. JONES, M. TULLER, G.E. BINGHAM, I. PODOLSKIY, and D. OR, 2009. Providing Optimal Root-Zone Fluid Fluxes: Effects of Hysteresis on Capillary-Dominated Water Distributions in Reduced Gravity. Proceedings of the 39th International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), July 2009, Savannah, GA. SAE Technical Paper 2009-01-2360
TULLER, M., and D. OR, 2006. Hydraulic Properties of Swelling Clay-Sand Mixtures: Microscale Modeling and Measurements. In: G.A. Miller, C.E. Zapata, S.L. Houston, D.G. Fredlund (Eds.), Unsaturated Soils, Geotechnical Special Publication No.147, Vol.2, 2186-2197, ASCE, Reston, VA.
VIOLA, R., M. TULLER, D. OR, and J. DRASDIS, 2005. Microstructure of Clay-Sand Mixtures at Different Hydration States. In A. Tarantino, E. Romero, Y.J. Cui (Eds.), Advanced Experimental Unsaturated Soil Mechanics, Taylor & Francis, Leiden, The Netherlands, pp.437-442.
HEINSE, R., S.B. JONES, S.D. HUMPHRIES, R.W. MACE, S.L. STEINBERG, M. TULLER, R. NEWMAN, and D. OR, 2005. Measurement of Porous Media Water Retention during Parabolic Flight Induced Microgravity. Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), July 2005, Rome, Italy. SAE Technical Paper 2005-01-2950.
STEINBERG, S.L., S.B. JONES, M. XIAO, D. OR, L. REDDI, J.I.D. ALEXANDER, G. KLUITENBERG, N. DAIDZIC, and M. TULLER, 2005. Challenges to Understanding Fluid Behavior in Plant Growth Media Under Microgravity. Proceedings of the 33rd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), July 2005, Rome, Italy. SAE Technical Paper 2005-01-2947.
STEINBERG, S., I. ALEXANDER, N. DAIDZIC, S. JONES, G. KLUITENBERG, D. OR, L. REDDI, and M. TULLER, 2002. Flow and distribution of fluid phases through porous plant growth media in microgravity: Progress to date. Proceedings of the 32nd International Conference on Environmental Systems (ICES), July 15-18, 2002, San Antonio, Texas, USA. SAE Technical Paper 2002-01-2386.