Lauren Beckingham is currently an Assistant Professor at Auburn University in Alabama.
Lauren Beckingham is an environmental chemist with expertise and interest in water-rock interactions and flow path modifications. Her work combines experimental, modeling, and novel image analysis to address modifications at the sub-pore to core scales. She was previously a postdoc, in the Energy Geosciences Division, on the EFRC for the Nanoscale Control of Geologic CO2 working on the role of chlorite reactivity in promoting self-sealing or enhancing fracture leakage pathways in caprock formations. In addition, she used imaging to improve reactive surface area estimates used in mineral dissolution and precipitation reactions in reactive transport models. She received her PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Princeton University in 2012. Her thesis, titled ‘Impact of mineral precipitation on the pore network structure of sands’, examined the inter- and itra-granular modifications due to sodalite/cancrinite precipitation on sand grains from Hanford, WA site. In this work, she developed novel 2D SEM image analysis methods and modeled the changes in pore and throat size distributions and permeability due to secondary mineral precipitation. Her work also considered the impact of intragranular pore space in Hanford sand grains and the impact on the long-term leaching of radionuclides at the site. Prior to graduate school, she obtained a BSE in Environmental Engineering from Michigan Technological University.