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Susan S. Hubbard

environmental engineer / geologist: Earth and Environmental Sciences

Media contact: Dan Krotz, 510-486-4019,



Susan Hubbard’s research can be generally categorized into the following four areas:

  • Hydrogeophysical research has focused on the development and testing of estimation methodologies that permit systematic fusion of geophysical and hydrogeological datasets for improved understanding of subsurface hydrogeological properties.
  • Biogeophysical research includes the development and testing of petrophysical models and estimation frameworks that permit the interpretation of time-lapse geophysical signatures in terms of remediation-induced biogeochemical transformations.
  • Precision Viticulture research focuses on integrating remote sensing and ground-based geophysical datasets with soil, plant, and climate-based information to guide the optimal development of new or management of existing vineyards in a manner that honors the natural variability of the site.
  • Environmental Synthesis activities include those that strive to advance research across disciplinary boundaries and scales as needed to tackle 21st Century natural resource problems.


Recent Publications

  • Co-Editor for the Vadose Zone Journal
  • Associate Editor for JGR-Biogeosciences
  • She edited the first book on hydrogeophysics
  • Published over 50 papers on hydrogeophysics
  • M.B. Kowalsky, E. Gasperikova, S. Finsterle, D. Watson, G. Baker,  and S.S. Hubbard, Coupled modeling of hydrogeochemical and electrical resistivity data for exploring the impact of recharge on subsurface contamination, Water Resources Research,  in press, 2011.
  • Hubbard, S,  J. Peterson, P. Freese, J. Wolf, A.  Hubbard  and Y. Rubin, Statistical Integration of Advanced Characterization Datasets to Guide Vineyard Development, Practical Winery and Vineyard, in press, 2011.
  • Chen, J.,  S. S. Hubbard,  V. Korneev, D. Gaines, G. Baker, and D. Watson, Stochastic inversion of seismic refraction data for estimating watershed-scale aquifer geometry: development and application to a contaminated aquifer. Water Resources Research, VOL.46, W11539, 16 PP., doi:10.1029/2009WR008715, 2010
  • Hubbard, S.S. Understanding Vineyard Soils, Vadose Zone Journal 1107–1108, doi: 10.2136/vzj2010.0084br, 2010.

Awards and Memberships

  • Fellow,  Geological Society of America
  • Birdsall Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer,  Geological Society of America, 2010
  • Frank Frischknecht Leadership Award, Near-Surface Geophysical Community, 2009

In the News

Military tool helps make classier wines, Ground radar gadget tested in California wine country


Ph.D., Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of California at Berkeley
M.S., Geological Sciences, VPI&SU, Virginia
B.S. Geology, University of California, Santa Barbara, Departmental Highest Honor Award

last updated: 2017-08-04 10:23:03