As Director of the Earth Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Susan leads
a premier group that has a significant research portfolio in climate science, terrestrial ecosystem
science, environmental and biological system science, fundamental geoscience, and subsurface energy
resources (including carbon sequestration, geothermal, nuclear and fossil energy). The
extraordinary breadth of expertise within the Earth Sciences Division of Berkeley Lab allows
exploration of fundamental through applied aspects of some of the most pressing environmental and
subsurface energy challenges of the 21st Century. As an advisor to the Department of Energy
Biological and Environmental Research Program as well as several other organizations, Susan has
contributed significantly to shaping the direction of environmental, biological and subsurface
energy in the US and abroad.
Susan earned her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering at UC Berkeley, an MS in Geophysics at
Virginia Tech, and a BS in Geological Sciences at UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining Berkeley Lab,
she was a geologist at the US Geological Survey and a geophysicist in industry. Her research focuses
on quantifying how terrestrial environments function, with a particular emphasis on the development
and use of geophysical approaches to provide new insights about processes relevant to contaminant
remediation, carbon cycling, water resources, and subsurface energy systems. She has published over
100 papers on this topic and leads several large, multi-disciplinary team projects.
She serves widely on many scientific committees and boards. She is the Associate Director
for the Berkeley Water Center and an Associate Editor for JGR-Biogeosciences. She is the recipient
of the Frank Frischknecht Award for leadership and innovation in near-surface geophysics and was a
Geological Society of America Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer. Susan has been honored as a
Distinguished Alumni of UC Berkeley and as a Geological Society of America Fellow. (For
more information, please click here.)
Susan joined the CCST Council in 2015.