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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Erika Gasperikova

Erika Gasperikova

Erika Gasperikova

Research Scientist

Geophysics Department


Phone: 510-486-4930

Fax: 510-486-5686


Additional Information











Professional Experience

04-02 - present. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Research Scientist

06-99 to 04-02. University of California at Berkeley. Visiting Postdoctoral Researcher and Associate Specialist

08-95 to 05-99. University of California at Berkeley. Research Assistant

06-98 to 08-98. Chevron. Summer internship

01-93 to 08-95. University of Utah Research Institute. Research Assistant


Research Interest

Applied electric and electromagnetic methods, gravity, and joint seismic and EM interpretations



Ph.D.  Engineering Geoscience, University of California, Berkeley, 1999

M.S.  Geophysics, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, 1996 

RNDr.  Applied Geophysics, Hydrology, and Engineering Geology, Comenius University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, 1990


Awards and Fellowships

2011, GRC Best Presentation Award

2007, R&D100 Award for Berkeley UXO Discriminator (BUD) from R&D100 Magazine

1999, Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley

1995, Jane Lewis Fellowship, University of California at Berkeley

1990, Prize of Rector of Comenius University, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia


Selected Publications and Presentations

Gasperikova, E., G. A. Newman, D. Feucht, and K. Arnason, 2011, 3D MT characterization of two geothermal fields in Icelend, Geothermal Research Council Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

Gasperikova, E., V. Vytla, L. Kennedy, T. Jobe, and X. Zhu, 2011, Cued survey with a hand-held UXO discriminator at Camp Beale, CA: Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, Washington D.C.

Kappler, K. N. and E. Gasperikova, 2011, A hybrid method for UXO vs. non-UXO discrimination: Journal of Environmental and Engineering Geophysics, 16, 177-189.

Kowalsky, M. B., E. Gasperikova, S. Finsterle, D. Watson, G. Baker, and S. S. Hubbard, 2011, Coupled modeling of hydrogeochemical and electrical resisitivity data exploring the impact of recharge on subsurface contamination: Water Resour. Res, 47, W02509, doi:10.1029/2009WR008947.

Gasperikova, E., Smith, J.T., Morrison, H.F., Becker, A., and Kappler, K, 2009, UXO detection and identification based on intrinsic target polarizabilities: Geophysics, 74, B1-B8.

Gasperikova, E., and Hoversten, M., 2008, Gravity monitoring of CO2 movement during sequestration: Model Studies: Geophysics, 73, WA105-WA112.

Newman, G. A., Gasperikova, E., Hoversten, G.M., and Wannamaker, P.E., 2008, 3D Magnetotelluic characterization of the Coso Geothermal Field: Geothermics, 37, 369-399.

E. Gasperikova, J. T. Smith, H. F. Morrison, A. Becker, 2008, UXO Identification Using Berkeley UXO Discriminator (BUD), IEEE International Geoscience & Remote Sensing Symposium, Boston, MA

E. Gasperikova, 2008, A resolution study of non-seismic geophysical monitoring tools for CO2 Enhanced CBM Production, Seventh Annual Conference on Carbon Capture and Sequestration, Pittsburgh, PA

Gasperikova, E., Smith, J. T., Morrison, H. F., Becker, A., 2007, Berkeley UXO Discriminator (BUD) at Camp Sibert, AL, Partners in Environmental Technology Technical Symposium & Workshop, Washington D.C.

Gasperikova E., and Beard L.P., 2007, Geophysics Applied to Detection and Discrimination of Unexploded Ordnance, Journal of Applied Geophysics, 61, 165-167.

Gasperikova E., and Hoversten G.M., 2006, A feasibility study of non-seismic geophysical methods for monitoring geologic CO2 sequestration: The Leading Edge, 25, no.10, 1282-1288.

Gasperikova E., Hoversten G.M., and Benson S.M., 2006, Feasibility Study of Seismic Detection of Small Accumulations of Carbon Dioxide in the Subsurface, NETL, Washington D.C.

Hoversten G.M., Gasperikova E., and Benson, S.M., 2006, Theoretical Limits for Seismic Detection of Small Accumulations of Carbon Dioxide in the Subsurface, GHGT8, Norway.

Gasperikova E., Morrison H.F., Smith J.T., and Becker A., 2006, UXO Detection and Characterization using new Berkeley UXO Discriminator (BUD), EOS Trans. AGU, 87(36), Jt. Assem. Suppl., Abstract. NS31A-02.

Hoversten G.M., Cassassuce F., Gasperikova E., Newman G.A., Chen J., Rubin Y., Hou Z., and Vasco D., 2006, Direct reservoir parameter estimation using joint inversion of marine seismic AVA and CSEM data: Geophysics, Vol. 71, p. C1–B13

Gasperikova E., Cuevas N.H., and Morrison H.F., 2005, Natural field induced polarization for mapping of deep mineral deposits: A field example from Arizona: Geophysics, Vol. 70, p. B61–B66

Gasperikova E., Becker A., Morrison H.F., Smith J.T., 2005, A multisensor system for the detection and characterization of UXO: SAGEEP, Atlanta.

Hoversten G.M. and Gasperikova E., 2005, Non-seismic Geophysical Approaches to Monitoring, Chapter 23, in Carbon Dioxide Capture for Storage in Deep Geologic Formations - Results from the CO2 Capture Project, Volume 2: Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide with Monitoring and Verification, D.C. Thomas ed., Elsevier Ltd., The Neatherlands, pp.1071-1112.

Newman G.A., Hoversten G.M., Gasperikova E., and  Wannamaker P., 2005, 3D Magnetotelluric Characterization of the Coso Geothermal Field, Stanford Geothermal Workshop.

Gasperikova E., Hoversten G.M., and Cassassuce F., 2004, A feasibility study of geophysical methods for monitoring geologic CO2 sequestration, SEG Expanded Abstracts, pp. 1567-1570.

Benson S.M., Hoversten G.M., Gasperikova E., and  Haines M., 2004, “Monitoring Protocols and Life-Cycle Costs for Geologic Storage of Carbon Dioxide,” In, E.S. Rubin, D.W. Keith and C.F. Gilboy (Eds.), Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Greenhouse Gas Control Technologies, IEA Greenhouse Gas Programme, Vancouver , BC .

Gasperikova E., 2003. A new-generation EM system for the detection and classification of buried metallic objects: SEG Expanded Abstracts, pp. 2379-2382.

Hoversten G.M., Newman G.A., Morrison H.F., Gasperikova E., and Berg J., 2001. Reservoir characterization using crosswell electromagnetic inversion: A feasibility study for the Snorre Field, North Sea: Geophysics, 66, 1177-1189.

Gasperikova E., and Morrison H.F., 2001. Mapping of induced polarization using natural fields: Geophysics, 66, 137-147.

Smith J.T., Hoversten G.M., Gasperikova E., Morrison, H.F., 1999. Sharp boundary inversion of 2-D magnetotelluric data: Geophysical Prospecting, Vol. 47, p. 469-486.


Professional Affiliations

Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Near-Surface Geophysics Section of the SEG, American Geophysical Union, European Association of Exploration Geophysicists, Environmental and Engineering Geophysical Society