Dr. Erica Siirila-Woodburn is a Research Scientist in the Energy Geosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. from the Colorado School of Mines in 2013 and was a postdoctoral researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya before joining LBNL in 2015. A hydrogeologist by training, her research takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding physical, ecological, and geochemical solute transport processes across many spatial scales. Her research is focused in the fields of integrated groundwater-surface water hydrology, stochastic approaches and geostatistics, risk analysis, and numerical techniques.
Recent Research Projects
- Understanding the impacts of climate extremes on watershed hydrodynamics and water management decisions in California with a LBNL Early Career Award and the UC Laboratory Fees Research Program “Headwaters to Groundwaters” project
- Integrated hydrologic modeling of mountainous watersheds as part of the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) and the Interoperable Design of Extreme-scale Application Software (IDEAS)
- Watershed-scale transport modeling of cesium following the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant accident of 2011 (in collaboration with the Japanese Atomic Energy Agency, JAEA, and the Institute for Resilient Communities)
- Analysis of integrated assessment models to ensure the long-term, large-scale, storage of geologic CO2 storage as part of the National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP)