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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: James G. Berryman

James Berryman

James G. Berryman

Senior Staff Scientist

Geophysics Department


Phone: 510-486-5349

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Jim Berryman joined LBNL as a senior scientist in 2006.  Prior to that, he was a researcher at Lawrence Livermore National Lab for 25 years and in industry for 4 years (at CONOCO and Bell Laboratories).  He has held visiting, consulting, and sabbatical appointments at various universities, including Stanford (Geophysics), University of Washington – Seattle (Applied Physics Lab), NYU (Courant Institute), and the IPGP - Paris.   He has authored over 150 journal articles, a comparable number of conference proceedings papers and company internal reports, and holds four patents.  Jim and his wife (for over 36 years) have two adult children and one daughter-in-law.

Research Interests

He has expertise in the physical properties of rocks and porous materials, as well as in acoustic, seismic, and electrical resistance/electromagnetic inverse theory.  Recent applications of these skills have been to geophysical problems in oil and gas using seismic exploration and exploitation tools, induced seismicity for geothermal studies, and understanding mechanical and fluid flow properties of granular and fractured media.


  • Ph.D.  Condensed Matter Physics, University of Wisconsin -- Madison, 1975
  • M.S.  Physics, University of Wisconsin -- Madison, 1970 
  • B.S. and B.A.  Physics and Mathematics, University of Kansas -- Lawrence, 1969

Professional Experience

  • 07-06 to present. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Geological Senior Staff Scientist
  • 09-92 to present. Stanford University, Consulting Professor of Geophysics
  • 07-81 to 07-06. Lawrence Livermore National Lab, Physicist
  • 07-78 to 07-81. AT&T Bell Telephone Laboratories, Whippany NJ, Member of Technical Staff
  • 08-77 to 06-78. New York University, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NSF Postdoc
  • 06-76 to 07-77.  Conoco, Ponca City, OK, Research Geophysicist
  • 03-75 to 05-76. University of Wisconsin -- Madison, Mathematics Research Center, Assistant Scientist

Recent Honors

  • 2005, ASCE Maurice Anthony Biot Medal for contributions in poromechanics
  • 2007--, Editorial Board Member, International Journal of Engineering Science
  • 2005--, Advisory Board Member, International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics
  • 2003--2006, Editorial Board Member, Inverse Problems
  • 2008, American Physical Society, Outstanding Referee
  • 2007 -- Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Outstanding Referee

Sabbaticals and Visiting Positions

  • 08-2003 to 03-2004. Geophysics Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 04-2003 to 07-2003. Applied Physics Lab, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
  • 08-1995 to 03-1996. Mathematics Department, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • 04-1995 to 07-1995. Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France
  • 07-90. Earth Resources Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  • 09-87 to 05-88. Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University, New York, NY

Professional Affiliations

  • American Physical Society
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Acoustical Society of America
  • Society of Exploration Geophysicists