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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Haruko Wainwright

Haruko Wainwright

Haruko Wainwright

Research Scientist

Hydrogeology Department


Phone: 510-495-2038

Fax: 510-486-5686


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Biographical Summary

Haruko Murakami Wainwright is currently a tenure-track research scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. After graduating with BS in engineering from Kyoto University in Japan, she earned MS in nuclear engineering (2006), MA in statistics (2010), and PhD in nuclear engineering (2010) at University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation focused on Bayesian geostatistical inverse modeling for subsurface characterization at the uranium-contaminated DOE Hanford site. Her research has been focused on parameter estimation (PE) and uncertainty quantification (UQ) related to various environmental systems and problems such as Arctic terrestrial ecosystems, groundwater contamination, and deep-subsurface CO2 storage. In particular, she applies Bayesian geostatistical methods to integrate hydrological, geophysical and remote sensing datasets in multiple scales for estimating spatially heterogeneous hydrological, geochemical and ecosystem properties. She also develops and applies global sensitivity analysis methods to various hydrogeological and geochemical models for quantifying the uncertainty in future responses, identifying key controls and processes, and prioritizing the site characterization. She has played a key role in many DOE-sponsored large multidisciplinary projects; the DOE’s Integrated Field Research Challenge (IFRC) project, Sustainable Systems Science Focus Area (SFA), National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP), the Advanced Simulation Capability for Environmental Management (ASCEM), and Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment in Arctic (NGEE-Arctic). She is currently a deputy lead of the site application thrust in the ASCEM project to develop comprehensive software to address groundwater contamination and environmental remediation, and she is leading the site application effort of this software at the Savannah River Site F-Area.

Research Interests

Haruko's research can be categorized in the following 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 geostatistical methods (as a part of Sustainable Systems Scientific Focus Area); Stochastic flow-and-transport simulations in high-performance computating platforms (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 and remote sensing data (as a part of Next Generation Ecosystem Experiment-Arctic.)

Research Topics

  • 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

  • Jun. 2014 - present: Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Research Scientist (tenure-track)
  • Feb. 2011 – May. 2014: 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