Earth Sciences Division (ESD) Department of Energy (DOE) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Anh Tran

Anh Tran

Anh Tran

Postdoctoral Fellow

Geophysics Department



Phone: 510-486-5971

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Anh Phuong Tran obtained his M.S. in GIS & Water Resources from Sejong University (South Korea) in 2008, and B.S. in Hydrology from Vietnam National University, Hanoi (Vietnam) in 2005. In 2014, he received his Ph.D. in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium). From February to May 2014, he is a postdoc researcher at the Environmental Science (Earth and Life Science Institute, UCL). Since June 2014, he joined the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) to work as a postdoc fellow at the Geophysics Department, Earth Sciences Division.

At the LBNL, his first research concentrates on using the hydro-geophysical-thermal measurements to quantify soil hydrological and biochemical properties. This research is crucial for better understanding the space-time dynamics of the hydro-biochemical processes, which provides valuable information for sustainable management strategies of water and soil as well as for remediation treatment measures at contaminated sites. His second research focuses on inverse modeling of time-lapse temperature and geophysical data to simulate freezing and thawing processes in the permafrost region from the column to field scale. This helps to improve knowledge on dynamics of the permafrost and active layers, which ultimately contributes to increase the accuracy of climate change prediction, carbon cycling and energy balance in high latitude systems.

Research Interests

  • Surface and subsurface hydrological and biochemical modeling
  • Permafrost geophysics
  • Data assimilation in geosciences
  • Geophysical and remote sensing techniques
  • Deterministic and stochastic inverse modeling and uncertainty analysis
  • Bayesian data fusion


  • Ph.D. - Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, 2014, Thesis title: “Full-wave inversion of near-field GPR data for hydrogeophysical characterization of soil” 
  • M.S. - Sejong University, South Korea, 2010
  • B.C. - Vietnam National University-Hanoi, Vietnam, 2005

Professional Experience

  • 6/2014 - present, Postdoc, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, U.S.
  • 2/2014 – 5/2014, Postdoc, Environmental Science, Earth and Life Science Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • 4/2010 – 2/2014, Research assistant, Environmental Science, Earth and Life Science Institute, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium
  • 2/2008 – 2/2010, Research assistant, Waterway Research Institute, Sejong University, South Korea
  • 6/2005 – 2/2008, Hydrological Researcher, Center for Hydrology & Water Resources, Vietnam Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environment, VIetnam

Awards and Honors

  • Rencontres du Vietnam Award, 2002
  • Best Undergraduate Student Award, Vietnam National University, Hanoi, 2005


 European Geoscience Union (EGU)