Martín Hoecker-Martinez

Associate Professor, Physics

Martin Hoecker-Martinez


B.S. Physics, Harvey Mudd College

M.S. Applied Physics, California Institute of Technology

Ph.D. Oceanography, Oregon State University


Appleton Hall
P: 909.748.8656


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.

Courses Taught

PHYS 221 Fundamentals of Physics II

PHYS 231 General Physics I

PHYS 310 Electronics

PHYS 344 Thermal Physics

PHYS 360 Special Topics: Geophysical Waves & Instability


Harvey Mudd College 

Mt. San Antonio College

California State University Polytechnic University, Pomona

Santa Ana College

Glendale College


"Buoyant Gravity Currents Released from Tropical Instability Waves" S. J. Warner, et. al., Journal of Physical Oceanography (2018).

"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).

Awards, Honors, 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


American Geophysical Union

American Physical Society

American Society of Limnology and Oceanography

American Association of Physics Teachers

National Association of Geophysics Teachers