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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Boris Faybishenko

Boris Faybishenko

Boris Faybishenko

Staff Scientist

Hydrogeology Department



Phone: 510-486-4852

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Dr. Boris Faybishenko is Staff Scientist of Earth Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.  Conducted field site characterization, monitoring and modeling investigations of coupled water and gas flow and chemical transport (organics, radionuclides, and metals) in unsaturated (vadose zone) and saturated (groundwater) soils and fractured rock.  These investigations have been related to environmental protection, bioremediation, natural attenuation, long-term monitoring of contaminated areas, and optimization of coupled energy-water systems under present-day and future climatic conditions.  Conducted investigations at several organically and radioactively contaminated sites in the USA (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA; Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, CA; Idaho National Laboratory, Idaho; Savannah River Site, Georgia; Rifle site, CO; McClellan Air Force Site, Sacramento, CA; Yucca Mountain, NV; Hanford Site, WA) and in other countries—Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, and Argentina.  Authored and co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed scientific papers, 12 books and book chapters, over 100 abstracts of scientific presentations, more than 50 reports, and 8 patents.  Currently is editing 2 books for American Geophysical Union and Wiley Publisher.

Research Interests

Development of innovative in situ site characterization and monitoring tools, conceptual and numerical models for complex soil and groundwater systems, using methods of nonlinear dynamics, chaos, fuzzy systems and stochastic modeling.  These methods are applied for investigations of coupled subsurface water and gas flow and reactive chemical transport of organics, radionuclides, and metals in unsaturated (vadose zone) and saturated (groundwater) soils and fractured rock. Investigations are related to the problems of environmental protection, remediation, natural attenuation, long-term monitoring, risk assessment and optimization of coupled water-energy systems under present-day and future climatic conditions, as well as climatic investigations.


  • Doctor of Science, 1988, Hydrogeology, Moscow State University of Environmental Engineering, Moscow, Russia; Dissertation: Scientific-Methodological Justification for the Investigation of Water-Salt Budget in Soils on Irrigated Areas.
  • Diploma, 1985, Institute of Management, Standardization, and Metrology, Kiev, Ukraine.
  • Ph. D., 1978, Hydrogeology, All-Union Institute of Hydraulic Engineers and Land Reclamation, Moscow, Russia; Dissertation: Investigation of the Water Migration in the Vadose Zone and Developing the Method of its Prediction.
  • B.S., 1970, Hydrogeology and Engineering Geology, Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine.

Professional Experience

  • STAFF SCIENTIST, Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, California, 04/95 - present;
    • Research Area Vadose Zone Processes and Environmental Remediation, Leader. PI and Co-PI of several DOE projects: carried out field experimental and modeling studies related to the characterization, natural attenuation, remediation, and biostimulation of organic, metal, and radioactive waste disposal at contaminated DOE sites—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Hanford Site, Idaho National Laboratory, Savannah River Site, and Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository, as well as the International projects—Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine; Ezeiza Nuclear Waste Disposal Site and Areco Basin site, Argentina, and Russia—Mayak, Lake Karachay, Tomsk, and Krasnoyarsk sites. Co-PI and lead of the field site investigation of the DOE-ERSP funded project on Cr(VI) bioreduction in groundwater at Hanford 100 Area. Conducted research related to the effects of present-day and future climatic conditions on water balance—evapotranspiration, infiltration, and groundwater recharge, and optimal control of energy and water distribution, and as well AmeriFlux network statistical analysis of climatic time series data.
  • Research Engineer, Department of Materials Science and Mineral Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, California, 02/1991-03/1996;
    • Conducted research on flow and contaminant transport in saturated-unsaturated media, including the design and field monitoring of unsaturated flow and gas transport in organically and radioactively contaminated soils at the LBNL site.
  • Head of Laboratory for Hydrogeological and Engineering Geology Forecasting, Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1983-1990;
    • Senior Research Scientist, Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1977-1983;
    • Senior Engineer, engineer, Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine, 1970-1977;
      • Conducted field, laboratory and modeling studies of water and chemical transport in soils and groundwater at agricultural and radioactively contaminated areas.

International Projects

  • Participated in the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Expert Group mission to Chernobyl, Ukraine, and co-authored (lead author) an IAEA report related to the potential decommissioning and remediation of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant's (ChNPP) Cooling Pond, October 2009.
  • Invited with a presentation to the Joint Workshop “Climate Change, Regional Consequences and Management Measures” of the US National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, which was held at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. (December 2009).
  • Opening keynote presentation at the Remediation Technology (RemTech 2013) Symposium, Canada, October 2013.
  • Member of the Interagency Steering Committee on Multimedia Environmental Models (ISCMEM), Working Group 2 on the assessment of environmental model uncertainty and parameter estimation. The project on the decommissioning and remediation of Chernobyl Cooling Pond as a case study was approved as the 1st International ISCMEM project.
  • Invited presentation at the National Groundwater Association (NGWA) Pillars of Groundwater Innovation Conference (November 2013, Phoenix, AZ).
  • Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee of the Complex Soil Systems Conference (Soil Sciences Society of America (SSSA/Bouyoucos, Berkeley Lab, and DOE Conference), September 2014.

Teaching Experience


  • University of California, Berkeley, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (1998 Spring semester), Designed and taught a graduate course Vadose Zone Hydrology
  • Kiev State University, Kiev, Ukraine (1977-1990), Designed and taught undergraduate courses: Groundwater Hydrology, Vadose Zone Hydrology, and Hydrogeochemistry. Was an official opponent for several Ph.D. dissertations


  • OSHA training, Environmental & Safety Resources, Oakland, California (24 hours course, 1994; 40 hours course, 1995)

Consulting Experience

  • Witherspoon, Inc., Geologic and Petroleum Consultants, Berkeley, California
  • Weiss Associates, Environmental Consulting Company, Emeryville, California
  • SOMA Environmental Engineering, Inc., San Ramon, California

Peer Review Committee

  • Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, EPD/ERD Environmental Transport Modeling (August 1995)

Professional Activities and Affiliations

  • Geological Society of America
  •  American Geophysical Union
  • International Association of Hydrogeologists
  • Soil Science Society of America
  • National Groundwater Association