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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Steven R. Pride

Steven Pride

Steven R. Pride

Staff Scientist

Adjunct Professor, U.C. Berkeley

Geophysics Department


Phone: 510-495-2823

Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Pride joined LBNL as a staff scientist in 2003.  In 2004, he also received an Adjunct Professor position in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Berkeley where he advises doctoral students and teaches the class Mathematical Methods for Geophysicists.  Prior to Berkeley, Pride was a professor of geophysics for 10 years in France both at the University of Paris and the University of Rennes.  He received his PhD in geophysics from Texas A&M in 1990 and then spent two years as a post-doc at MIT before accepting a faculty position at the University of Paris.  In addition to doing science, Pride also owns and manages a winery.

Research Interests

Seismic stimulation to enhance production of non-aqueous phase liquids; theory of elasticity and poroelasticity with heterogeneity at all scales; mechanisms of seismic attenuation and dispersion; electrokinetic coupling phenomena; two-phase immiscible flow in porous media; physics of brittle fracture and stress-induced interacting damage.


  • University of California at Berkeley, Geophysics, B.A. 1985.
  • Texas A&M University, Geophysics, Ph.D. 1991.
  • Massachussetts Institute of Technology, Geophysics, post-doc 1991-1993.

Professional Experience

  • 2004 – present:  Adjunct professor of Geophysics, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA.
  • 2003 – 2005:  Research professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • 2003 – present: Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA.
  • 2000 – 2001: Visiting professor of Geophysics, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
  • 1997 – 2003:  Full professor of Geophysics, University of Rennes, Rennes, France.
  • 1993 – 1997:  Associate professor of Geophysics (Maitre de Conference), Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris, Paris, France.

Synergistic Activities

  • Teaching the undergraduate class “Mathematical Methods for Geophysicists” at UC Berkeley. 
  • Thesis advisor of UC Berkeley doctoral candidate Yder Masson.
  • Supervisor of two LBNL staff scientists.