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Marty Frisbee


Marty D. Frisbee
Postdoctoral Researcher in Watershed Hydrology
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801

Email: mfrisbee at
Office: MSEC 244
Phone: 575-835-5634
Fax: 575-835-6436

BS Electrical Engineering, UNC Charlotte
Minor Biology (Ecology), UNC Charlotte
MS Earth Sciences, UNC Charlotte
PhD Earth and Environmental Science (Hydrology), New Mexico Tech (2010)



Research Interests

I am interested in investigating the processes that control the generation, geochemical evolution, and residence times of streamflow at large watershed scales and across nested scales in large watersheds.  I am especially interested in the role of deep basin-scale groundwater on these processes.  There is a strong history of research on these processes at hillslope and small catchment scales.  However, very little is known about these processes at larger watershed scales and even less is known about the role of deep groundwater.  This gap in understanding can potentially bias our conceptual models of streamflow processes and residence times.  In extension, this can also influence our understanding of the long-term streamflow responses (and coupled geochemical, geomorphological, and ecological responses) to changes associated with climate change and other perturbations. 

I am also interested in the processes that control springflow generation and solute release from groundwater flow systems in watersheds.  In particular, I am very interested in using the geochemistry and residence times of springs to provide better estimates of the geochemical weathering fluxes from groundwater flow systems in remote and/or ungauged watersheds.  Springflow generation processes are very complex and have not been investigated as thoroughly as streamflow generation processes.  Furthermore, due to the fact that these processes are hidden from direct or surficial observation, it remains exceedingly difficult to quantify solute release mechanisms occurring solely from weathering processes in deeper groundwater systems (groundwater/rock interactions).  This line of research has the potential to provide a more complete understanding on how flowpaths develop and interact across scales in bedrock aquifers and how these processes are coupled to the long-term geomorphological evolution of large watersheds.




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