Don DePaolo is the Class of 1951 Professor of Geochemistry at UC Berkeley, and also the Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received awards for research from several national and international scientific associations.
DePaolo is an expert in the use of isotopic measurements as tracers of subsurface processes and has been active in research related to carbon storage, nuclear waste isolation, geothermal systems, and environmental science. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 research papers which have been cited over 20,000 times.
Since 2009 he has been Director of a US/DOE Energy Frontier Research Center to study “Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO2.” In his position as Associate Laboratory Director DePaolo has oversight of several research efforts that address solar fuels, energy storage, carbon mitigation, and carbon utilization.
DePaolo received his Ph.D. in Geology from Caltech in 1978, and has been a professor at UCLA (1978-1988) and UC Berkeley (1988-present).