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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Joseph Doetsch

Joseph Doetsch

Joseph Doetsch

Postdoctoral Fellow

Hydrogeology Department



Phone: 510-495-8074

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Joseph Doetsch joined the LBNL team in October 2011 to work on inverse techniques to combine geophysical and hydrological data for monitoring CO2 injection in deep wells. Joseph received his PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland for work on joint and constrained inversion for improved aquifer characterization. He trained in physics and geophysics at ETH Zurich, Switzerland (Diploma/MS), Uppsala University, Sweden (MS) and Heidelberg University, Germany (2 years of undergraduate studies).

Research Interests

  • Hydrogeophysics
  • Joint and constrained inversion of geophysical data
  • Geophysical monitoring and time-lapse inversion
  • Aquifer characterization using geophysical data
  • CO2 injection monitoring


  • PhD, Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (2011)
  • Diploma/MS, Physics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland (2007)
  • MS, Physics, Uppsala University, Sweden (2005)
  • Vordiplom, Physics, Heidelberg University, Germany (2004)

Professional Experience

  • 10.2011 - present       Postdoctoral fellow in Geophysics/Hydrogeology at  at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, CA.
  • 10.2007 – 09.2011     Research assistant at the Institute of Geophysics, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, Applied and Environmental Geophysics group with Prof. A.G. Green.
  • 01.2003 – 09.2004     Part time research assistant at the Institute of Environmental Physics, Heidelberg University, Soil Physics group with Prof. K. Roth.
  • 08.2001 – 09.2002     Civil service at Camphill Communities Ontario, Barrie ON, Canada.

Honors and Awards

  • “Best Poster Award” at the summer school on "Flow and Transport in Porous and Fractured media", Corsica, August 2010.
  • EAGE “Best of Near Surface 2010” award, with an invitation to present the work at SAGEEP 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Young Scientists Outstanding Poster Paper Award 2009 of the European Geosciences Union.
  • SEG Foundation’s Gary and Lorene Servos scholarship (2009 – 2011)
  • SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP) travel grant (2009)
  • Scholarshiph of the Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes (German National Academic Foundation) (2004 – 2007)
  • Hölderlin scholarship awarded by the Studienstiftung and SAP AG for students studying abroad (2005/2006)
  • Erasmus scholarship for studying abroad (2004/2005)