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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Lauren (Crandell) Beckingham

Lauren Crandell-Benckingham

Lauren (Crandell) Beckingham

Postdoctor Fellow

Geochemistry Department



Phone: 510-486-5128

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Lauren Beckingham is an environmental chemist with expertise and  interest in water-rock interactions and flow path modifications. Her  work combines experimental, modeling, and novel image analysis to  address modifications at the sub-pore to core scales. Currently, she is a  postdoc in the EFRC for the Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 working on the role of chlorite reactivity in promoting self-sealing or  enhancing fracture leakage pathways in caprock formations. In addition,  she is using imaging to improve reactive surface area estimates used in  mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions in reactive transport  models. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from  Princeton University in 2012. Her thesis, titled ‘Impact of mineral  precipitation on the pore network structure of sands’, examined the  inter- and itra-granular modifications due to sodalite/cancrinite  precipitation on sand grains from Hanford, WA site. In this work, she  developed novel 2D SEM image analysis methods and modeled the changes in  pore and throat size distributions and permeability due to secondary  mineral precipitation. Her work also considered the impact of  intragranular pore space in Hanford sand grains and the impact on the  long-term leaching of radionuclides at the site. Prior to graduate  school, she obtained a BSE in Environmental Engineering from Michigan  Technological University.


  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    • Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, Environmental Engineering and Water Resources Program (June 2012)
      • Dissertation: Impact of mineral precipitation on the pore network structure of sediment
      • Advisor: Dr. Catherine A. Peters
      • M.A., Civil and Environmental Engineering (September 2009)
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
    • B.S.E. (Magna Cum Laude), Environmental Engineering (April 2007)

Professional Experience

  • Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
    • EXPERIENCE Postdoctoral Fellow, September 2012 - present
    • Advisors: Dr. Ian Bourg and Dr. Carl Steefel
    • Reactivity of chlorite in fracture leakage pathways and contribution to fracture sealing or enhancement, image analysis to determine improved reactive surface area estimates for reactive transport models
  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
    • Graduate Research Assistant, September 2007-August 2012
    • SEM imaging and pore network modeling of reactive column experiments to examine precipitation and dissolution reactions in porous media
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
    • Waste-management, Education and Research Consortium (WERC)
    • Environmental Design Contest, 2006
    • Cleaning of a Contaminated Water Distribution System
    • Team received 2nd place
  • Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
    • National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates
    • Department of Energy, Environmental, and Chemical Engineering, 2005
    • Center for Air Pollution Impact and Trend Analysis
    • Detecting and monitoring forest fires using remote sensing and GIS to examine their effect on air quality in the US

Honors and Awards

  • American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Certificate of Merit Award for presentation given at American Chemical Society Spring Meeting; San Diego, CA, March 25-29, 2012.
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors 2011 Student Poster Award, 2011 AEESP Education and Research Conference, $200 cash prize, eleven total awards
  • Princeton University Graduate Fellowship, 2007Full funding for first year of Ph.D. (~$63,000)
  • Michigan Technological University Civil and Environmental Engineering Academic Achievement Award, 2007 Given annually to one female and one male graduating senior in each academic major.
  • Brother B. Austin Barry National Chi Epsilon Scholarship, 2006 $2500, one of seven annual awards
  • Marian Sarah Parker Scholar (given to outstanding women in engineering at University of Michigan), 2004
  • University of Michigan Regents Merit Scholarship, 2002
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship, 2002
  • Michigan Merit Award, 2002

Teaching Experience

  • Princeton University, Princeton, NJGroup Leader, 2011-2012
    • Civil and Environmental Engineering Senior Thesis Writing Workshop
      Planning and leading 18 senior thesis students in a year-long sequenceof workshops focused on research, writing, and presentation skills.
    • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2012
      Course: Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS)
      Coordinating, leading work sessions, and providing administrative assistance to a team of undergraduate students as they continue designing and building a wind turbine prototype that is stored in, and deployed from, a shipping container.
    • McGraw Teaching Transcript Program, Fall 2009 – Spring 2012
      Attended assistant in instruction orientation, participated in a series of seminar programs focused on enhancing teaching skills, performed a course lecture with a class visit and feedback session with McGraw Center consultant, and created an original course syllabus and teaching philosophy.
    • Teaching Assistant, Spring 2011
      Course: Introduction to Environmental Engineering Planned and presented one lecture, met with students to discuss course material and questions, graded homework and exams, and attended course lectures to observe teaching methods.
    • Teaching Assistant, Fall 2009
      Course: Introduction to Water Pollution Technology
      Gave three course lectures and one review session, met individually with students to answer course questions and assisted in grading final course project.
  • Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI
    • Mathematics Learning Center Coach, 2005 - 2007
      Planned and led weekly and bi-weekly individual and group appointments
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • Academic Mentoring Program Mentor, 2003 - 2004
      Prepared and held weekly individual meetings and sessions

University Service

  • Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni, Reunions Crew Member, 2009-2011 and Crew Co-Manager, 2012
  • Princeton University Graduate Engineering Ambassador, 2007-2009
  • Princeton Graduate Women in Science and Engineering, WISE conference planning committee, 2007-2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Chemical Society
  • Tau Beta Pi, secretary, Michigan Technological University, 2006
  • Chi Epsilon, president, Michigan Technological University, 2006-2007
  • Phi Kappa Phi

Computer Skills

Environments: Windows, Linux, Macintosh

Applications: MATLAB, PhotoShop, AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, ArcGIS, Blackboard, Sewer CAD, Maple, EPANet

Languages: MATLAB, C++, FORTRAN, Visual Basic