Earth and Planetary Science
EPS Near-Surface Geochemistry and Geobiology


Richard Allen

Class of 1954 Professor & Director of Berkeley Seismological Laboratory

Regional seismic structure and dynamics, mantle upwelling processes. Earthquake rupture mechanisms. Seismic hazard mitigation including earthquake early warning systems.

rallen@berkeley.edu279 McCone Hall

Walter Alvarez

Professor of the Graduate School

Stratigraphy and Earth history, tectonics, stratigraphy of pelagic limestones.

platetec@berkeley.edu317 McCone Hall

Jill F. Banfield


Mineralogy, environmental geochemistry, geomicrobiology, environmental microbiology and nanogeoscience.
Phone: (510) 316 4334
369 McCone Hall

James Bishop


Ocean carbon cycle dynamics, remote sensing, aquatic chemistry, marine biogeochemistry, land - ocean biogeochemistry, chemical oceanography, ocean sensors and autonomous observing systems.
Phone: (510) 642 6110
499 McCone (UCB)


Professor & the Lieselotte and David Templeton Professor of Chemistry

Atmospheric chemistry and climate on Earth and other planets.
Phone: (510) 642-3472
BG3 Giauque

William Boos

Associate Professor

Atmospheric science, climate dynamics, monsoons, Earth's hydrological cycle

william.boos@berkeley.edu413 McCone Hall

Bruce Buffett


Dynamics and evolution of planetary interiors, including mantle convection, plate tectonics, and planetary dynamos. Physical modeling of gas hydrates and consequences for climate change.
Phone: (510) 642 1251
Fax: (510) 643-9980
383 McCone Hall



Crustal deformation and active tectonics, volcano deformation, fault geometry and structure, frictional properties of faults, and active deformation from non-tectonic processes.
Phone: (510) 375-6405
389 McCone Hall

Eugene Chiang

Professor of EPS & Astronomy

Theoretical astrophysics focusing on the origin and evolution of planetary systems, both Extra-Solar and Solar.
Phone: (510) 701-5996
Fax: (510) 642-3411
Hearst Field Annex B-20

Ronald Cohen

Professor of EPS & Chemistry

Atmospheric Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry; Physical Chemistry; Analytical Chemistry; Ozone; Nitrogen oxides; Water.
Phone: (510) 642-2735
B45 Hildebrand Hall

William Collins

Professor in Residence, Earth and Planetary Science; Director, Climate & Ecosystem Sciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Director, Accelerator for Climate, Energy & Environment Solutions

Climate Change, Uncertainty of Extremes, Climate Modeling, Coupled Models of the Climate System, Global Climate Models, Solar and Terrestrial Radiation
Phone: 510-495-2407
375 McCone Hall

Kurt Cuffey

Professor of EPS & Geography and the Martin Distinguished Chair in Ocean, Earth and Climate Science

Glaciology, Glacial Geomorphology, and Climate Change
Phone: (510) 643-1641
Fax: (510) 643-9980
525 McCone

Imke de Pater

Professor of EPS & Astronomy

Astronomy, Planetary Science, Adaptive optics and Radio Observations of the giant planets, their rings and satellites.
Phone: (510) 642-1947
605A Campbell Hall

Donald DePaolo

Chancellor’s Professor, Emeritus & Professor of the Graduate School

Application of mass spectrometry, radiogenic isotope geochemistry, and principles of physics and chemistry to fundamental problems in geology.
Phone: (510) 643-5064
Fax: (510) 642-9520
473 McCone Hall

William E. Dietrich

Professor, Interim Chair

Seeking mechanistic, quantitative understanding of the form and evolution of landscapes. In addition, we are seeking linkages between ecological and geomorphic processes, and building tools to tackle pressing environmental problems.
Phone: (510) 642-2633
Fax: (510) 643-9980
313 McCone Hall

Douglas Dreger


Use of waveform data to investigate seismic source, wave propagation, and Earth structure problems including geophysical inverse problems.

dreger@seismo.berkeley.edu281 McCone Hall

Bethanie Edwards

Assistant Professor

Refining our understanding of marine microbes in the Biological Carbon Pump and their impact on ocean biogeochemistry.



Geophysical fluid dynamics and large-scale numerical modeling. Biogeochemical cycles. Remote sensing of earth systems. Atmosphere-ocean interactions, and atmosphere-biosphere interactions.
Phone: (510) 643-9367
Fax: (510) 643-9980
399 McCone Hall/ 335 Hilgard Hall

Benjamin Gilbert

Associate Adjunct Professor & Senior Scientist at LBNL

Dr. Gilbert has made important contributions to the rapidly evolving field of nanogeoscience – the study of the properties and geochemical interactions of natural nanoscale minerals. Much of his research involves the development and application of synchrotron x-ray experiments and analysis methods for the study of mineral nanoparticles.


Professor of EPS & Astronomy

The nature and evolution of planetary interiors, as well as the properties of materials at high pressures.
Phone: (510) 642-2639
Fax: (510) 643-9980
491 McCone Hall

Harriet Lau

Assistant Professor

Large-scale properties of Earth; Global-scale geodynamic processes across different timescales; Frequency-dependent Rheology.

hcplau@berkeley.edu285 McCone

Kanani K. M. Lee

Associate Adjunct Professor & Staff Scientist at LLNL

Physics and chemistry of Earth and planetary materials at ultra-high pressure and temperature conditions; formation and evolution of Earth and (exo)planets in general.

Michael MANGA


Geological processes involving fluids, including problems in physical volcanology, geodynamics, hydrogeology, and geomorphology.
Phone: (510) 643-8532
Fax: (510) 643-9980
381 McCone Hall

Burkhard Militzer


Computer simulations of materials in interiors of the earth and giant planets, first-principle simulation techniques, equation of state calculations.
Phone: (510) 643-7414
Fax: (510) 643-9980
407 McCone Hall

Steve Pride

Adjunct Professor

Crusted seismology, poroelasticity, electrical properties of rocks, physics of brittle fracture

James Rector

Professor of EPS & Civil Engineering

Borehole seismology, Reservoir characterization, Seismic wave propagation in sedimentary basins, Multidimensional digital signal processing, Non-invasive imaging of materials.
Phone: (510) 643-7820
Fax: (510) 642-7476
412 Davis Hall

Paul Renne

Professor in Residence & Director of Berkeley Geochronology Center

Applications of geochronology and paleomagnetism to various problems in the evolution of the lithosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere.
Phone: (510) 644-1350
Fax: (510) 644-9201
2455 Ridge Road


Professor of the Graduate School

Deep earth structure and dynamics using seismological tools. Earthquake processes and scaling laws. Real time estimation of earthquake parameters. Development of modern broadband seismic and geophysical observatories on land and in the oceans. Planetary seismology.
Phone: (510) 643-5690
Fax: (510) 643-5811
291 McCone Hall

David Romps


Atmospheric dynamics, moist convection and turbulence, and the interaction of clouds with Earth's climate.
Phone: 510-642-7095
Fax: 510-486-7775
377 McCone Hall

Stephen Self

Adjunct Professor

Physical volcanology; field studies of products of large eruptions - flood basalts, calderas, and ignimbrites; environmental impact of volcanism.
Phone: 1-510-410-5574
McCone 415

David Shuster


Noble gas geochemistry, thermochronometry, and cosmogenic nuclide observations applied to problems involving alpine glacial erosion, chemical weathering, lunar impacts and magnetism, and thermal conditions of Martian meteorites
Phone: (510) 642-2607
Fax: (510) 644-9201
479 McCone Hall

Daniel Stolper

Assistant Professor

Biogeochemistry; Earth History; Geobiology; Global Climate Studies; Organic Geochemistry; Stable Isotope Geochemistry
Phone: 510-642-9177
McCone 405

Nicholas Swanson-Hysell

Associate Professor

Earth history revealed through the geologic record; paleogeography; long-term drivers of Earth's climate; geomagnetic field evolution
Phone: (510) 542-4787
393 McCone Hall

Chi-Yuen Wang

Professor of the Graduate School

Hydrogeology; interaction of water with earthquakes, active tectonics.
Phone: (510) 642-2288
Fax: (510) 643-9980
407 McCone Hall

Hans-Rudolf WENK

Professor of the Graduate School

Mineralogy-Crystallography, Anisotropy-Texture Development, Field Investigations
Phone: (510) 642-7431
495 McCone Hall

George Brimhall

Professor Emeritus

Mineral resources, mineral exploration science, field geology, surface processes, low temperature geochemistry, granitic batholiths, soil geochemistry, geochronology of weathering systems.

Mark Bukowinski

Professor Emeritus

Physics and chemistry of planetary interiors, theoretical mineral physics, nature of bonding in deep earth minerals, modeling of geochemical processes, thermal and chemical evolution of the earth.

Lynn Ingram

Professor Emerita

Paleoclimatic and paleo-environmental reconstruction in aquatic environments using sedimentological, paleontological, and geochemical data.

Lane Johnson

Professor Emeritus

Structure and processes within the earth, seismic sources with particular application to the monitoring of nuclear test ban treaties. Development of improved theoretical and computational methods of treating wave propagation. Application of inverse methods to geophysical problems.

James Kirchner

Professor Emeritus

Watershed hydrology and biogeochemistry, Environmental geochemistry, Geomorphology , Evolutionary ecology, Paleobiology, Analysis of environmental data.

Mark Richards


Mantle convection and large-scale dynamics of the Earth’s interior; Internal dynamics of Venus, Mars, and the Moon; Rotational dynamics and gravity fields of the terrestrial planets; History and dynamics of global plate motions; Computational geophysics; Igneous processes in the mantle and large-scale volcanism; Geological evolution of the Galápagos Archipelago and ridge system; Tectonics and dynamics of the Andean continental margin; Geological causes of mass extinction

Doris Sloan

Adjunct Professor

History of San Francisco Bay, Early Paleozoic environments, regional geology.