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Dr. Marty Frisbee

Associate Professor Dr. Marty Frisbee
Curriculum Vitae
Associated website(s):
Geology and Geophysics , Personal Website

  • Ph.D. (Hydrology) June 2010 - New Mexico Tech, Socorro, New Mexico
  • M.S. (Earth Science) December 2004 - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • B.S. (Electrical Engineering Technology) May 2002 - University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Minor Biology (Ecology) May 2002- University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte, North Carolina
Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor of Hydrogeology and Applied Geology, Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences, Purdue University, August 2014 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, September 2013 - Present
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Geology, Department of Geology and Geography, Georgia Southern University, August 2013 - May 2014
  • Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Earth and Environmental Science, New Mexico Tech, January 2012 - August 2013
Research Interests

Dr. Frisbee's research focuses on groundwater/surface water interactions with an emphasis on quantifying the role of deep groundwater on the generation, geochemical evolution, and residence times of surface water. One of the larger goals of this research is to quantify the role of groundwater in the watershed response to the effects of perturbations such as climate change and land-use change. In his research, he incorporates aspects of hydrology, geology, geomorphology, geochemistry, environmental tracers, stable isotopes, geophysics, and ecology.  His research activities include: 1) quantifying the role of geologic structure and stratigraphy on groundwater/surface water interactions and interbasin groundwater flow in mountainous watersheds in New Mexico and Colorado; 2) the ecohydrology of desert spring systems in New Mexico and Nevada; 3) the hydrogeology of springs systems in Indiana; 4) the geomorphological development of alluvial groundwater systems in large, ephemeral watersheds in Arizona; and 5) submarine groundwater discharge from barrier islands in Georgia.

Selected Publications - See CV for updated list of publications
  • Frisbee, M.D., J.D. Gomez, F.M. Phillips, A.R. Campbell, and J.L. Wilson (2013), Residence time distributions of water in watersheds: Are we missing the tail (and the tale)?, Geophysical Research Letters, 40, doi:10.1002/grl.50895.
  • Frisbee, M.D., J.L. Wilson, and D.W. Sada (2013), Climate change and the fate of desert springs, Eos, 09 April 2013, doi: 10.1002/2013EO15.
  • Frisbee, M.D., F.M. Phillips, A.F. White, A.R. Campbell, and F. Liu (2013), Effect of source integration on the geochemical flux from springs, Applied Geochemistry, doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2012.08.028.
  • Frisbee, M.D., F.M. Phillips, G.S. Weissmann, P.D. Brooks, J.L. Wilson, A.R. Campbell, and F. Liu (2012), Unraveling the mysteries of the large watershed black box: Implications for the streamflow response to climate and landscape perturbations, Geophysical Research Letters, 39, doi:10.1029/2011GL050416.
  • Frisbee, M.D., F.M. Phillips, A.R. Campbell, F. Liu, and S.A. Sanchez (2011), Streamflow generation in a large, alpine watershed in the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA: Is streamflow generation simply the aggregation of hillslope runoff responses, Water Resources Research, 47, W06512, doi: 10.1029/2010WR009391.
Why Study Groundwater?

Two new videos spotlighting groundwater fields of study and careers in groundwater can be found on the National Groundwater Water Association (NGWA) website (please see: ). It's an exciting field of study and a great career path for creative, inquisitive students as well as students who love the outdoors and natural systems. If you are interested in the field of groundwater or geosciences in general, please do not hesitate to contact me. I frequently employ undergraduates in my research and this is a good opportunity to learn more about the field.

Professional Service
  • AGU (American Geophysical Union), 2005-Present
  • GSA (Geological Society of America), 2005-Present
  • NMGS (New Mexico Geological Society), 2005-Present

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