Martin Hoecker-Martinez

Assistant Professor, Physics


Appleton Hall 121
P: 909.748.8656

Current Courses

  • General Physics I (PHYS 231)

  • Fundamentals of Physics II (PHYS 221)
  • Geophysics Waves and Instability (PHYS 360)

Areas of Expertise

  • Physical Oceanography

  • Air-Sea Fluxes
  • Fluid Dynamics
  • Instability
  • Turbulence

Description of Research

Our group is interested in boundary layer flows and air-sea exchange of heat, momentum and dissolved gases. My students and I are building a rotating fluid dynamics laboratory here at Redlands to study and model geophysical flows. The group's research combines field observations with computer and scale models to better understand transport in the ocean and atmosphere.

Degrees Earned

  • B.S. Physics, Harvey Mudd College
  • M.S. Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D. Oceanography, Oregon State University

Previous Teaching Experience

Harvey Mudd College
Mt. San Antonio College
California State University Polytechnic University, Pomona
Santa Ana College
Glendale College

Awards, Honors and Grants

2011: Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Fellow
2010: AGU Fall Meeting Outstanding Student Paper
2010: Wayne V. Burt Outstanding Graduate Student
2006-2007: Adjunct Faculty Excellence Mt San Antonio College


"The O2/N2 ratio and CO2 airborne Southern Ocean (ORCAS) study," BB Stephens, et. al., Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society (2017).

"Oceanic Turbulent Energy Budget using Large-Eddy Simulation of a Wind Event during DYNAMO," MS Hoecker-Martínez, WD Smyth, ED Skyllingstad, Journal of Physical Oceanography 46 (3), 827-840 (2015).

"Trapping of gyrotactic organisms in an unstable shear layer," MS Hoecker-Martínez, WD Smyth, Continental Shelf Research 36, 8-18 (2012).

Professional Affiliations

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Physical Society
  • American Society of Limnology and Oceanography
  • American Association of Physics Teachers
  • National Association of Geophysics Teachers