Dr. Markus Berli

Associate Research Professor Environmental Science
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Soil Physics and Mechanics, Vadose Zone Hydrology, Numerical Modeling

Education

DegreeInstitutionArea
Ph.D. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland Soil Physics & Mechanics
M.Sc. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland Soil Protection

Professional Research Interests

Dr. Markus Berli's research interests focus on modeling and measurement of soil structural dynamics affecting fluid flow and solute transport. Key issues are the connection of hydraulics and mechanics of soils at the micro-scale and upscaling physical soil behavior from pore to sample- and eventually field-scale.

Further areas of interest are: New methods for in-situ characterization of soil hydraulic and mechanical properties; improved characterization of soil pore geometry using X-ray-Micro-Tomography and pore water flow employing Neutron-Tomography; improved methods to assess and predict soil deterioration due to mechanical impacts.

My vision is that micro-scale coupling of soil hydraulics and mechanics with chemical and microbial processes will provide a conceptual framework for an improved understanding of fluid flow, contaminant fate and transport in the vadose zone, to sustain soil productivity and to secure water resources of sufficient quality and quantity world-wide.

Research Areas of Expertise

  • Modeling and measurement of pore structure dynamics and fluid flow in porous soil materials
  • Developing new methods for in-situ characterization of soil hydraulic and mechanical properties
  • Field-scale assessment of soil physical properties
  • Assessment and prediction of soil compaction due to dynamic mechanical impact 

Academic Affiliations

Projects, Programs & Labs

Publications

2015

Berli, M., Casini, F., Attinger, W., Schulin, R., Springman, S. M., Kirby, J. M. (2015). Compressibility of undisturbed silt loam soil, Vadose Zone Journal, Accepted
Dijkema, J., Koonce, J. E., Ghezzehei, T. A., Berli, M., Van der Ploeg, M., Van Genuchten, M. (2015). Simulating water flow and heat transfer in arid soil using weighing lysimeter data, EGU2015-8178, European Geosciences Union - General Assembly: Vienna, Austria, April 12, 2015-April 17, 2015
Iden, S., Reineke, D., Koonce, J. E., Berli, M., Durner, W. (2015). Variably-saturated flow in large weighing lysimeters under dry conditions: inverse and predictive modeling, EGU2015-9251, European Geosciences Union - Annual Assembly: Vienna, Austria, April 12, 2015-April 17, 2015
Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Berli, M. (2015). A Semi-automated Segmentation of Soil X-ray Microtomography, International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies: Kochi, India, December 3, 2014-December 5, 2014, In Press

2014

Aravena, J. E., Berli, M., Ruiz, S., Suarez, F., Ghezzehei, T. A., Tyler, S. W. (2014). Quantifying coupled deformation and water flow in the rhizosphere using X-ray microtomography and numerical simulations, Plant and Soil, 376, 95-110
Chen, L., Acharya, K., Miller, J. J., Berli, M. (2014). Exploring Wildfire Impact on Runoff Water Quality, AGU Fall Meeting: San Francisco, December 15, 2014-December 19, 2014, H54D-07
Hausner, M. B., Berli, M. (2014). Improving photovoltaic energy production with Fiber-Optic Distributed Temperature Sensing, American Geophysical Union: San Francisco, CA, December 14, 2014-December 19, 2014, NS31C-3940
Keller, T., Berli, M., Ruiz, S., Lamandé, M., Arvidsson, J., Schjønning, P., Selvadurai, A. P. (2014). Transmission of vertical soil stress under agricultural tyres: Comparing measurements with simulations, Soil and Tillage Research, 140, 106-117
Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Potteti, K. K., Berli, M. (2014). Automated Segmentation of Soil X-Ray Microtomography (XMT) Images, Eds. Venugopal, K. R., Patnaik, L. M., Raja, K. B., 346-350, Eighth International Conference on Image and Signal Processing (ICISP-2014): Bangalore, India, July 25, 2014-July 27, 2014
Mehler, K., Schöning, I., Berli, M. (2014). The importance of rock fragment density for the calculation of soil bulk density and soil organic carbon stocks, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 78, (4), 1186-1191
Merkler, D. J., Shillito, R. M., Hurja, J., Champa, T., Berli, M., Riggle, L., Dijkema, J. (2014). A Soil Health Partnership with an Emphasis on Rangelands and Forestlands of the Basin and Range, Soil Science Society of America: Long Beach, CA, November 2, 2014-November 5, 2014, 309-1

2013

Albalasmeh, A.A., Berli, M., Shafer, D., Ghezzehei, T.A. (2013). Effects of low temperature fire on soil aggregate stability, Plant and Soil, 362, 335-344
Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Menon, M., Nico, P. S., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H. (2013). Unraveling Rhizosphere Physics Using X-ray Microtomography - Progress Report and Next Steps, W-20188 Soil Physics: Las Vegas, NV, January 2, 2013-January 4, 2013
Chen, L., Acharya, K., Miller, J. J., Berli, M. (2013). Upper Virgin River Watershed Post-fire Water Quality Study
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K. (2013). Examining Modeling Approaches for the Rainfall-Runoff Process in Wildfire-Affected Watersheds: Using San Dimas Experimental Forest, Journal of the American Water Resources Association, 49, (4), 851-866
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K. (2013). Modeling Postwildfire Rainfall-Infiltration-Runoff: Challenges, Current state and Some new approaches., AGU Chapman Conference-Synthesizing Empirical Results to Improve Predictions of Post-wildfire Runoff and Erosion Response: Estes Park, Colorado, August 25, 2013-August 31, 2013
Hoekman, S.K., Berli, M. (2013). DRIs Clean Technologies and Renewable Energy Center (CTREC), Poster presentation at the Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL): Argonne National Laboratory, November 4, 2013-November 6, 2013
Aravena, J.E., Berli, M., Menon, M., Ghezzehei, T.A., Mandava, A.K., Regentova, E.E., Potteti, K.K., Pillai, N.S., Steude, J., Young, M.H., Tyler, S.W., Nico, P.S. (2013). Synchrotron X-ray Microtomography (XMT) - New Means to Quantify Root Induced Changes of Rhizosphere Physical Properties, In Tomography and Imaging of Soil-Water-Root Processes, 61, 39-68, Soil Science Society of America
Keller, T., Lamandé, M., Peth, S., Berli, M., Delenne, J. Y., Markgraf, W., Rabbel, W., RadjaÏ, Rajchenbach, J., Selvadurai, A. P., Or, D. (2013). An interdisciplinary approach towards improved understanding of soil deformation during compaction, Soil and Tillage Research, 128, 61-80
Logsdon, S. D., Berli, M., Horn, R. (2013). Quantifying and modeling soil structure dynamics, Eds. Logsdon, S. L., Berli, M., Horn, R., In Quantifying and Modeling Soil Structure Dynamics, Advances in Agricultural Systems Modeling Series, 3, 1-9, Soil Science Society of America
Logsdon, S. D., Berli, M., Horn, R. (2013). Quantifying and Modeling Soil Structure Dynamics, Advances in Agricultural Systems Modeling Series, 3, 304, Soil Science Society of America: Madison, WI
Shillito, R. M., Kalra, A., Twarakavi, N., Berli, M. (2013). Hydrophobicity following wildfire on an arid, alluvial soil, AGU Chapman Conference-Synthesizing Empirical Results to Improve Predictions of Post-wildfire Runoff and Erosion Response: Estes Park, CO, August 25, 2013-August 31, 2013
Zhang, Y., Papelis, C., Young, M. H., Berli, M. (2013). Challenges in the application of fractional-derivative models in capturing solute transport in porous media: Darcy-scale fractional dispersion and the influence of medium properties, Mathematical Problems in Engineering

2012

Aravena, J. E., Berli, M., Menon, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Potteti, K. K., Pillai, N. S., Steude, J., Young, M. H., Tyler, S. W., Nico, P. S. (2012). Synchrotron X-ray Microtomography (XMT) - New Means to Quantify Root Induced Changes of Rhizosphere Physical Properties, Abstractno.113-3, Soil Science Society of America, Annual Meeting: Cincinnati, OH
Chief, K., Young, M. H., Berli, M., Caldwell, T., Daniels, J. I., Healey, J. M., Lyles, B. F., Twarakavi, N. (2012). Evaluation of Seasonal and Annual Variations of Water Flow in Arid Soils Using Weighing Lysimeters, AbstractNo.266-216, Soil Science Society of America International Annual Meeting: Cincinnati, OH.
Keller, T., Lamandé, M., Arvidsson, J., Berli, M., Ruiz, S., Schjønning, P. (2012). Comparing measured with simulated vertical soil stress under vehicle load: are the measurements or the models wrong?, Agrosciencia Uruguay, 318-326, 19th ISTRO Conference: Montevideo, Uruguay, September 24, 2012-September 28, 2012
Mehler, K., Schoening, I., Berli, M. (2012). Effects of rock fragment density on calculating the soil organic carbon pool, EOSAbstractNo.B13C-0544, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA
Meyer, W. J., Berli, M., Chen, L., Chief, K., Forsee, W. J., Zhu, J. (2012). Post-fire Debris Flow in the Southwestern US - An Increase in Risk due to Climate Change?, Reviewed

2011

Albalasmeh, A. A., Berli, M., Shafer, D. S., Ghezzehei, T. A. (2011). Effects of low temperature fire on soil aggregate stability, Abstract no. 117-44, Soil Science Society of America: San Antonio, TX, October 16, 2011-October 19, 2011
Aravena, J. E., Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Tyler, S. W. (2011). Effects of root-induced compaction on rhizosphere hydraulic properties - X-ray micro-tomography imaging and numerical simulations, 45, (2), 425-431
Aravena, J. E., Ruiz, S., Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Ghezzehei, T. A., Berli, M., Tyler, S. W. (2011). Simulating root-induced rhizosphere deformation and its effect on water flow, American Geophycial Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA
Berli, M., Ruiz, S. A., Aravena, J. E., Bolduc, L., Ghezzehei, T. A., Cook, D. P., Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Menon, M., Nico, P. S., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H. (2011). Exploring Rhizosphere Structure Alterations Using X-ray Tomography and Finite Element Calculations, DOE Subsurface Biogeochemical Research (SBR) Contractor-Grantee Workshop: Washington, DC, April 26, 2011-April 28, 2011
Berli, M., Ruiz, S. A., Aravena, J. E., Bolduc, L., Ghezzehei, T. A., Cook, D. P., Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Menon, M., Nico, P. S., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H. (2011). Simulating rhizosphere structure alterations using finite element calculations, 13, EGU2011-13530, European Geoscience Union General Assembly: Vienna, Austria
Berli, M., Russell, C. E. (2011). The Degree of Correspondence of Critically Stressed versus Hydraulically Active Fractures in Densely Welded Tuff, Pahute Mesa, NV,
Mandava, A. K., Regentova, E. E., Berli, M. (2011). Image Denoising by Exploring the Context Information in the Wavelet Domain, In Advances in Communications, Computers, Systems, Circuits and Devices, 1, 32-36, World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society Press: Puerto De La Cruz, Tenerife, November 30, 2011-December 2, 2011
Merkler, D., Berli, M., Stropky, M. (2011). A Look At Southern Nevada's soil moisture sites during rainfall events; SNOTEL, SCAN and the Desert Research Institute SEPHAS lysimeters, Abstract no. 368-2, Soil Science Society of America, Annual Meeting: San Antonio, TX, October 16, 2011-October 19, 2011

2010

Atterberry, W., Zhang, Y., Papelis, C., Young, M. H., Berli, M. (2010). Diffusion-dominated subdiffusion in repacked sand: A combined study of stochastic models and laboratory experiments, Eos. Tans. AGU: San Francisco
Berli, M. (2010). Compaction of structured soils - some micro-scale considerations, Exploratory Workshop on Soil Compaction: Zurich, Switzerland
Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Menon, M., Nico, P. S., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H. (2010). Unraveling Rhizosphere Physics Using X-ray Microtomography, W2188 - Soil Physics: Las Vegas, NV
Chen, L., Berli, M., Chief, K. (2010). VALIDATION OF POST-FIRE HYDROLOGY MODELS ON A SELECTED SITE IN THE SOUTHWESTERN UNITED STATES, Southern California Academy of Sciences: Los Angeles, CA

2009

Aravena, J. E., Tyler, S. W., Berli, M. (2009). Effects of aggregate compaction on soil hydraulic properties due to root growth, H33A-0841, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA
Berli, M., Menon, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Nico, P. S., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H. (2009). Root-induced changes in soil physical properties, W1188 - Soil Physics: Oracle, AZ
Berli, M., Menon, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Pillai, N. S., Regentova, E. E., Nico, P. S., Young, M. H., Tyler, S. W. (2009). A Step Towards Unraveling Rhizosphere Physics, H42A-05, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco, CA
Chief, K., Young, M. H., Lyles, B. F., Healey, J. M., Koonce, J., Knight, E. A., Johnson, E., Mon, J., Berli, M., M, M., Dana, G. L. (2009). Scaling Environmental Processes in Heterogeneous Arid Soils: Construction of Large Weighing Lysimeter Facility
Keller, T., Stettler, M., Arvidsson, J., Lamandé, M., Schjønning, P., Berli, M., Rydberg, T. (2009). Stress Propagation in Arable Soil: Determination and Estimation of the Concentration Factor, 18th Conf. ISTRO: Izmir, Turkey
Menon, M., Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Nico, P. S., Young, M. H., Tyler, S. W. (2009). Visualizing rhizosphere soil structure around living roots, Micro Soil: Integrating Biological, Physical and Chemical Techniques for the Study of Soil Micro-Habitats: Dundee, Scotland
Shafer, D. S., DuBois, D. W., Chief, K., Berli, M., Miller, J. J., Young, M. H. (2009). Fire Induced Changes in Soil Structure: Implications for Soil Hydraulic Properties and Aeolian Suspension Potential in the Great Basin, USA, American Geophysical Union

2008

Berli, M., Caldwell, T., McDonald, E. V., Gilewitch, D. A. (2008). Trafficability of fine-textured arid soils - a model evaluation, ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting: Houston, TX
Berli, M., Carminati, A., Ghezzehei, T. A., Or, D. (2008). Evolution of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils due to compressive forces, Water Resources Research, 44
Berli, M., Carminati, A., Ghezzehei, T. A., Or, D. (2008). Evolution of Unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils during compression, European Geosciences Union, General Assembly: Vienna, Austria
Berli, M., Chen, L., Caldwell, T., Chief, K., Miller, J. J., Young, M. H. (2008). Post-fire effects on watershed hydrology, USACE Arid Regions Demonstration Programs Annual Review Conference: San Diego, CA
Berli, M., Chen, L., Young, M. H., Scharffenberg, W. (2008). Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrology - Modeling Approaches, Tools for Arid Regions Flood Damage Reduction and Restoration: San Diego, CA
Berli, M., Chen, L., Young, M. H., Scharffenberg, W. (2008). Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrologic Processes: An Introduction, Tools for Arid Regions Flood Damage Reduction and Restoration: Reno, NV
Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Menon, M., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H., Dexter, A. (2008). Modeling Rhizosphere Soil Mechanics and Hydraulics - An Overview, Am. Soc. Agron. National Meetings: Houston, TX
Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Menon, M., Tyler, S. W., Young, M. H., Dexter, A. R. (2008). Modeling rhizosphere soil mechanics and hydraulics - an overview, Computational Methods in Water Resources XVII International Conference: San Francisco, CA
Berli, M., Menon, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Tyler, S. W., Young, Y. H. (2008). Root induced changes in physical properties of desert soils, NWRA Natural Recharge Symposium: Las Vegas, NV
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Berli, M. (2008). Wildfire Effects on Watershed Hydrologic Processes: An Introduction for Hydraulic Engineers, Watershed Managers and Planners, DRI Report
Menon, M., Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Nico, P. S., Young, M. H., Tyler, S. W. (2008). Visualizing Rhizosphere Soil Structure Around Living Roots, Am. Geophysical Union National Meetings: San Francisco, CA
Menon, M., Berli, M., Ghezzehei, T. A., Nico, P. S., Young, M. H., Tyler, S. W. (2008). Visualizing rhizosphere soil structure around living roots, Synchrotron Environmental Science IV: San Francisco, CA
Shafer, D. S., Miller, J. J., Zitzer, S. F., Berli, M., Rigby, D., Karakouzian, M. (2008). Mechanics and Rates of Subsidence on Alternative Landfill Covers in Arid Environments, 2008 Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America, October 4-9: Houston, Texas
Young, M. H., Berli, M., Knight, E. A., Chief, K., Menon, M., Mon, J., Healey, J. M., Yu, Z., Tyler, S. W. (2008). Examining arid soil processes in Nevada, USA, using weighing lysimeters, Lysimeters for Global Change Research: Biological Processes and the Environmental Fate of Pollutants: Munich, Germany

2007

Berli, M., Carminati, A., Ghezzehei, T. A., Or, D. (2007). Unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils under compression, International Annual Meetings: New Orleans
Berli, M., Carminati, A., Ghezzehei, T. A., Or, D. (2007). Evolution of unsaturated hydraulic conductivity of aggregated soils during compression, American Geophysical Union, Fall Meeting: San Francisco
Berli, M., Schäffer, B., Müller, R., Schulin, R., Or, D. (2007). Effect of stress on fluid-filled inclusions in elasto-plastic soils, Annual Meeting of the European Geoscience Union: Vienna
Caldwell, T., Berli, M., McDonald, E. V. (2007). Trafficability of fine-textured arid soils A model evaluation, Joint North America, Asia-Pacific ISTVS Conference and Japanese Society for Terramechanics: Fairbanks AK
Chen, L., Young, M. H., Berli, M. (2007). Wildfire effects on watershed hydrology - an introduction for engineers, Arid Regions 11th Triennial Conference: Breckenridge, CO
Eggers, C. G., Berli, M., Accorsi, M. L., Or, D. (2007). Permeability of deformable soft aggregated earth materials: From single pore to sample cross-section, Water Resources Research, 43

2006

Berli, M., Accorsi, M. L., Or, D. (2006). Size and shape evolution of pores in viscoplastic matrix under compression, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics, 12, 30, 1259-1281
Berli, M., Eggers, C. G., Accorsi, M. L., Or, D. (2006). Theoretical analysis of mechanical behavior of fluid inclusions for in-situ measurements of soil stress and deformation, Soil Science Society of America Journal, 5, 70, 1441-1452
Berli, M., Eggers, C. G., Accorsi, M. L., Or, D. (2006). Linking soil micro-mechanics and hydraulic conductivity
Berli, M., Or, D. (2006). Deformation of pores in viscoplastic soil material, International Journal of Geomechanics, 2, 6, 108-118
Eggers, C. G., Berli, M., Accorsi, M. L., Or, D. (2006). Deformation and permeability of aggregated soft earth materials, Journal of Geophysical Research - Solid Earth, 111
Or, D., Berli, M., Eggers, C. G., Accorsi, M. L. (2006). Linking soil micro-mechanics and hydraulic conductivity, In Sustainability - Its Impact on Soil Management and Environment, 59-70

2005

Berli, M., Or, D. (2005). Book Review: "Unsaturated Soil Mechanics" by N. Lu and W.J. Likos, Vadose Zone Journal, 4

2004

Berli, M., Kulli, B., Attinger, W., Springman, S. M., Flühler, H., Schulin, R. (2004). Compaction of agricultural and forest subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery, Soil & Tillage Research, 75, 37-52
Berli, M., Or, D. (2004). Microtensiometry for determination of relative humidity of air near-saturation

2003

Berli, M., Kirby, J. M., Springman, S. M., Schulin, R. (2003). Modelling compaction of agricultural subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery under various moisture conditions, Soil & Tillage Research, 73, 57-66

2000

Berli, M., Kirby, J. M., Springman, S. M., Schulin, R. (2000). Modelling compaction of agricultural subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery under various moisture conditions, 79-89, Third Workshop of the Concerted Action "Experience with the impact of subsoil compaction on soil, crop growth and environment and ways to prevent subsoil compaction": Uppsala, Sweden
Berli, M., Kulli, B., Attinger, W., Schulin, R. (2000). Soil compaction of agricultural subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery - soil mechanical aspects, In Subsoil Compaction: Distribution, Processes and Consequences, 226-232
Berli, M., Kulli, B., Attinger, W., Schulin, R. (2000). Compaction of agricultural subsoils by tracked heavy construction machinery at various moisture conditions, 4th International Conference on Soil Dynamics (ICSD-IV): Adelaide, AU
Kulli, B., Berli, M., Gysi, M., Schulin, R., Flühler, H. (2000). Subsoil compaction on agricultural land by heavy construction machinery - soil physical aspects, In Subsoil compaction: Distribution, Processes and Consequences, 278-283

1999

Berli, M., Weisskopf, P., Schulin, R. (1999). Subsoil compaction of agricultural soils - a review of research in Switzerland, 56-63, First Workshop of the Concerted Action "Experience with the impact of subsoil compaction on soil, crop growth and environment and ways to prevent subsoil compaction": Wageningen, NL

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