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

Earth Sciences Division Staff: Zachary M. Subin

Zachary Subin

Zachary M. Subin

Project Scientist / Affiliate

Climate Sciences Department




Fax: 510-486-5686


Biographical Summary

Zack Subin has just completed a Ph.D. in UC Berkeley's Energy and Resources Group, working with Bill Riley, Margaret Torn, Bill Collins, and Charlie Koven at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab.  The dissertation is available upon email request.  He will be starting a postdoctoral fellowship with Prof. Steven Pacala at the Princeton Environmental Institute in August, 2012.  He has been working on the IMPACTS project with the CESM Land Model Working Group.  His focus is using land surface modeling to better understand feedbacks to climate change.  He has developed a coupling between WRF and CLM in order to study the effects of land cover change in California.  He also has developed an improved lake model for CLM (Subin et al., 2012a; Subin et al., 2012b) and helped develop a global terrestrial methane emissions model with Bill Riley.  He is also interested in further developments to understand how peatlands and thermokarst lakes may interact with climate change.  His previous work at Berkeley included work on wind energy economics and the options for greenhouse gas emissions reduction in California's transportation sector.

Check Zack's Princeton Page for more frequent updates.

Research Interests

Interactions between changes in land surface and subsurface physical and biochemical properties and changes in regional and global climate: regional and global climate modeling; land cover and land use change; lake physics and dynamics; wetland and methane biogeochemistry; permafrost and thermokarst physics; feedbacks to climate change.


  • Ph.D. Candidate. Energy & Resources. University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. Anticipated May 2012.
  • M.S. Energy & Resources. University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 2008.
  • M.P.P. Public Policy. University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA. 2007.
  • B.A. Physics and Math. Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. 2003.

Professional Experience

  • Ph.D. Dissertation Research with William Riley, Margaret Torn, and William Collins, University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. 2008 through present.
  • Graduate Student Instructor, University of California, Berkeley. 2006 through 2008.
  • Intern, Energy and Environmental Economics, San Francisco. Summer 2007.
  • Graduate Student Research Assistant, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Summer 2006.
  • Intern, Redefining Progress, Oakland. Summer 2006.
  • Teaching Assistant, Harvard University. 2003 through 2004.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Los Alamos Summer School for Physics, Los Alamos National Lab. Summer 2001.
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant, Harvard University. 2000.

Research Experience

  1. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Earth Sciences Division, Berkeley. 2008-present. Modeling land cover change, lake temperatures and surface fluxes, and wetland and methane biogeochemistry in regional and global climate models.
  2. Energy and Environmental Economics, San Francisco. 2006-2007. California transportation and greenhouse gas economics.
  3. Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Energy and Environmental Technology Division, Berkeley. 2006. Wind energy economics.
  4. Redefining Progress, Oakland. 2005. California renewable energy policy economics.
  5. Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos. 2001. Reaction kinetics of mechanically shocked materials.
  6. Harvard University, Department of Physics, Cambridge. Statistical methods for particle physics.

Teaching Experience

  1. University of California, Berkeley. Fall, 2008. Graduate Student Instructor for Energy and Society (Energy & Resources).
  2. University of California, Berkeley. 2006 through Spring, 2007. Graduate Student Instructor for Descriptive Introduction to Physics (Physics).
  3. Harvard University, Cambridge. Spring, 2004. Teaching Assistant for Physics of Music (Physics Core Curriculum).
  4. Harvard University, Cambridge. Spring, 2004. Teaching Assistant for Time (Physics Core Curriculum).
  5. Harvard University, Cambridge. Fall, 2003. Teaching assistant for Physics 11a: Mechanics

Honors and Awards

  • Harold T. White Prize for Excellence in the Teaching of Physics, Department of Physics, Harvard University, 2004.
  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard University, 2003.