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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Rui Zhang

Rui Zhang

Rui Zhang

Postdoctoral Fellow

Geophysics Department



Phone: 510-486-7316

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Rui Zhang works as a postdoc fellow at Earth Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He received his PhD in Geophysics from University of Houston in 2010 with professor John Castagna. His PhD project was to develop a basis pursuit seismic inversion method with sparse layer decomposition. He did a 2-year postdoc research later at University of Texas at Austin with professors Mrinal Sen and Sanjay Srinivasan. This postdoc research was focused on the CO2 sequestration study with time-lapse surface seismic data from Cranfield, associated with Center for Frontiers of Subsurface Energy Security (CFSES)- a DOE funded EFRC Center.   

My current research is focused on the seismic modeling for anisotropic media related to CO2 injection with validation of InSalah field data.

Research Interests

My research interests include reflection seismology and inverse theory for subsurface property characterization. My current project is working on seismic modeling and inversion for anisotropic media related to CO2 injection.


PhD  University of Houston  2010.09

Exploration Geophysics GPA 3.5 of 4 

Advisor: Dr. John Castagna 

Thesis:Seismic inversion with basis pursuit

Professional Experience

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory  2013.02-present 
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Texas at Austin  2011.01-2013.01 
  • Summer intern at Exxonmobil upstream research company  2009 
  • Summer intern at G&W systems  2008 
  • Summer intern at G&W systems  2007 
  • Research assistant and Teaching assistant at University of Houston  2006-2010 
  • Lecturer at China University of Geosciences  2003-2006


  • Proficient with Matlab and Fortran programming
  • Proficient with ProMAX and FOCUS
  • Proficient with Petrel, HAMPSON-RUSSELL, Landmark and SMT

Professional Affiliations

  • Society of Geophysicists(SEG)
  • American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers (EAGE)


  • President of SEG Student Chapter at University of Houston  2008-2009  
  • Student Representative to UH faculty committees  2009-2010 


  • SEG/ExxonMobil Student Education Program (SEP), Las Vegas 2008
  • Third Place Reginal Imperial Barrel Award Competition 2009
  • SEG Foundation Sheri•• Scholarship 2006-2007
  • SEG Foundation General Scholarship 2007-2008
  • GSH/Carlton-Farren Scholarship 2008-2009
  • GSH/SEG Scholarship 2008-2009
  • GSH/SEG Scholarship 2009-2010