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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Haruko Wainwright

Haruko Wainwright

Haruko Wainwright

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hydrogeology Department


Phone: 510-495-2038

Fax: 510-486-5686


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Biographical Summary

My research focuses on hydrogeological/geophysical data assimilation and stochastic modeling of flow and transport. I started from modeling radionuclide transport for a hypothetical nuclear waste repository. Later I expanded my research into geostatistics and stochastic hydrogeology to include complex datasets and their uncertainty into prediction of existing/possible groundwater contamination. I am currently involved in subsurface characterization and flow-and-transport modeling related to three areas:

(1) Environmental remediation: Integration of datasets with various types (e.g. cores, hydraulic tests, borehole/crosshole/surface geophysical measurements) and scales (several inches to several hundred meters) for plume-scale flow-and-transport simulations, using Bayesian methods (as a part of Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area); Stochastic flow-and-transport simulations in high-performance computating environment (as a part of Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management),

(2) CO2 sequesteration: Uncertainty and sensitivity analaysis of CO2 plume migration and pressure build-up (as a part of National Risk Assessment Partnership),

(3) Arctic hydrology: Subsurface characterization at the Arctic tundra site for characterizing permafrost dynamics and hydrology, using various datasets such as core/probe measurements and geophysical data (as a part of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment-Arctic.)

Research Interests

  • Geostatistics
  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Hydrogeological/geophysical data assimilation
  • Stochastic inverse modeling
  • Stochastic hydrogeology
  • Environmental Remediation
  • CO2 storage
  • Arctic hydrology


  • Dec. 2010: Ph.D. in Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • May 2010: M.A. in Statistics, University of California, Berkeley
  • Dec. 2006: M.S. in Nuclear Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
  • Mar. 2003: B.Eng. in Engineering Physics, University of Kyoto, Japan

Professional Experience

  • Feb. 2011 – Present: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, postdoctoral fellow
  • Mar. 2004 – Aug. 2005: Argonne National Laboratory, visiting graduate student program
  • Jan. 2004 – Mar. 2004: Argonne National Laboratory, Japan Atomic Energy Society international student exchange program
  • Jul. 2003 – Aug. 2003: Japanese Atomic Energy Research Institute, graduate student traineeship
  • Sep. 2002 – Oct. 2002: Schlumberger-Doll Research, summer internship


  • TICOP young researcher travel grant award, 2012
  • TICOP NSF travel grant award, 2012
  • 2012 Director's Achievement Awards for Exceptional Tech Transfer Achievement (as a part of the TOUGH2 development team), 2012
  • Student travel fellowship for the U.S. Department of Energy, Subsurface Biogeochemical Research 5th Annual PI Meeting, 2010
  • Student travel fellowship for the U.S. Department of Energy, Environmental Remediation Science Program 4th Annual PI Meeting, 2009
  • Roy G. Post Foundation Scholarship, 2009
  • Jane-Lewis Fellowship, 2006-2007 and 2007-2008