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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Baptiste Dafflon

Baptiste Dafflon

Baptiste Dafflon

Geological Project Scientist

Geophysics Department

 

 

Phone: 510-486-4735

Fax: 510-486-5686

Email: bdafflon@lbl.gov

Biographical Summary

Baptiste Dafflon received his MSc (2004) in geophysics from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (ETHZ) and his PhD (2009) in geophysics from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). He has worked as a Post-doctoral researcher at the Center of Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS) at Boise State University (due to a one and a half year fellowship grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation) and in Earth Sciences Divisioin at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL). Currently Baptiste is a project Scientist at LBNL. 

Baptiste’s main research interests are the inherently trans-disciplinary fields of environmental geophysics, hydrology and biogeochemistry. Currently his research focuses mainly on the development of comprehensive strategies for the integration of multiple sources of ground- and aerial-based information to improve the prediction of water and heat fluxes and to investiagte interaction between surface and subsurface processes. The combination of high-resolution geophysical methods (e.g., electrical resistivity, electormagnetic induction, ground-penetrating radar) with hydrogeological methods (core and logging data, pumping and tracer tests,...) and high-resolution landscape imaging (e.g., digital elevation model, multi-spectral imaging) offers the perspective to obtain greatly improved understadning and prediction of hydrological and biochemical processes at the surface, in soil, in vadose zone and in aquifer. Making such strategies accessible will offer new capabilities for understanding subsurface processes, as well as for efficient and cost-effective strategies for management, protection and remediation of water resources.

Research Interests

  • Understanding of subsurface processes (hydrological, physical and biogeochemical)
  • Investigating interactions between surface and subsurface dynamics
  • Improving predictions of heat and water fluxes in vados zone and groundwater flow and transport processes
  • Geostatistical and numerical methods in hydrology and geophysics
  • Borehole and surface environmental geophysics
  • GPR and electrical methods and properties
  • Low-altitude remote sensing using UAS-based platform

Education

  • 10.2005-6.2009: PhD, Geophysics, Institute of Geophysics, University of Lausanne Switzerland
  • 2002-2004: MSc, Geophysics, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2000-2002: BSc, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

Professional Experience

  • 9.2013-present Project Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California (USA)
  • 6.2011-8.2013 Post-Doctoral Researcher, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, California (USA)
  • 1.2010-5.2011 Post-Doctoral Researcher (with fellowship from the Swiss National Science Foundation), Center for Geophysical Investigation of the Shallow Subsurface (CGISS), Boise State University, Idaho (USA)
  • 10.2005-6.2009 Research and Teaching Assistant, Institute of Geophysics, University of Lausanne
  • 2005 Civil Service, Institute of Geophysics, University of Lausanne
  • 2004 Civil Service, “Stiftung Umwelteinsatz”, Switzerland
  • Winter 2003 Research Assistant, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich
  • Summer 2002 Research Assistant, Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zurich

Recognitions

  • 2013 Paul Niggli Medal for “original research contributions to the geophysical exploration of aquifers and permafrost environments”
  • 2010 Award (Prix de Faculté) for excellence of the Ph.D thesis, University of Lausanne
  • 2009 Postdoctoral fellowship awarded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNF)
  • 2007 Outstanding Student Paper Award in Hydrology, American Geophysical Union