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.  Currently Baptiste is a Post-doctoral researcher at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL).

Baptiste’s main current research interests are the inherently trans-disciplinary fields of environmental geophysics, hydrology and biochemistry. Currently his research focuses mainly on the development of comprehensive strategies for the integration of multiple sources of geophysical and hydrological information. The combination of high-resolution geophysical methods (ground-penetrating radar, electrical measurements, seismic data,…) with hydrogeological methods (core and logging data, pumping and tracer tests,...) offers the perspective to obtain greatly improved prediction of hydrological and biochemical processes, which is a key prerequisite for better understanding and predictions of groundwater flow and contaminant transport processes in heterogeneous aquifers. Making such strategies accessible will offer new capabilities for efficient, sustainable and cost-effective management strategies, as well as for the protection and remediation of groundwater resources.

Research Interests

  • Understanding of subsurface processes (hydrological, physical and biogeochemical)
  • Investigating relations between geophysical, hydrological and biological properties
  • Improving predictions of 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

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