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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Hui-Hai Liu

Hui-hai Liu

Hui-Hai Liu

Staff Scientist


Hydrogeology Department


Phone: 510-486-6452

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Hui-Hai Liu is a staff scientist and currently serves as the head of Hydrogeology Department. He got his Ph.D. degree in soil physics (vadose zone hydrology) from Auburn University in 1995 and joined LBNL in 1997 as a geological scientist. His research interests include fracture hydrology, coupled hydrological and mechanical processes, vadose zone flow and transport, and their applications in geothermal energy, nuclear waste management and CO2 geological sequestration.


  • Ph.D. in Soil Physics, Auburn University, August 1995. 
    • Dissertation title:  An  experimental   and numerical  study on  fingering flow and mixing  of variable density  contaminants in  porous media.
  • M.S. in Fluid Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, China, 1986.
    • Thesis title: An  improved singularity method to describe water flow in hydraulic turbines.
  • B.S. in Hydraulic Machinery, Beijing Agricultural Engineering University, China, 1983. 

Professional Experience

  • 2009-present, Head, Department of Hydrogeology, Earth Sciences Division, Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • 1997-present, Research Scientist (1997-2000), Career Research Scientist (2001-2003), Career Staff Scientist (2004-present), Ernest Orlando Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
  • 1995-1997, Research Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Environmental System Engineering, Clemson University.
  • 1991-1995, GRA in the Dept. of Agronomy & Soils, Auburn University.
  • 1986-1991, lecturer in the Institute of Fluid Engineering and Machinery, Beijing Agricultural Engineering University.

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Geological Society of America, 2007.
  • Outstanding Performance Award, LBNL, 2000; 2007.
  • Recognition of Commitment to Performance Excellence, U.S. Department of Energy CRWMS. 2004.
  • Emil Truog Soil Science Award for the Best Ph.D. Thesis. Soil Science Society of America, 1996.
  • Dr. A. L. Smith Award for the best Ph.D. candidate in soil sciences, Auburn University, 1994.

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • Soil Science Society of America.
  • Geological Society of America
  • American Rock Mechanics Association

Selected Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, Hydrogeology Journal (2006-present)
  • Liaison for National Soil Science Committee, Geological Society of America (2006-2009) 
  • Guest Editor, Vadose Zone Journal, (2006-2007).
  • Member, Emil Truog Soil Science Award committee, Soil Science Society of America (2003-2005)