Jonathan Ajo-Franklin

Susan Hubbard, ALD for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), has announced that Jonathan Ajo-Franklin will assume the role of the Department Head for Geophysics, effective June 15, 2017.

Jonathan’s research focuses on using geophysical techniques to understand dynamic alterations in subsurface properties of relevance to the environmental and energy sectors. He received his PhD in Geophysics from Stanford University in 2005, and was a postdoc at MIT before joining Berkeley Lab in 2007.

In addition to his work in using rock physics and time-lapse seismic data to advance understanding of processes critical for geothermal, hydraulic fracturing, and carbon sequestration strategies, he is also at the forefront of advancing fiber based monitoring approaches relevant for infrastructure and natural hazard applications. Jonathan is involved in many projects, and also serves as the lead of the Reservoir Processes group in the Center for Nanoscale Control of Geologic Carbon (NCGC), a U.S. DOE Energy Frontier Research Center.

“Jonathan is a pioneer in geological imaging across scales, from 4D synchrotron imaging at the ALS to the development of novel field approaches, including semi-permanent seismic sources and fiber-optic distributed acoustic sensing,” Hubbard says. “His background—as well as familiarity with EESA and with lab, field and computational approaches—provides an outstanding foundation for success as the new Geophysics Department Head.”

A big thank you goes out to Tom Daley, who has led the Geophysics Department since 2015.