Don DePaolo will step down from his position as Associate Laboratory Director for Energy Sciences on June 30. DePaolo joined Berkeley Lab as a Faculty Scientist in 1988 and became Director of the Earth Sciences Division in 2007. He was appointed ALD for the Energy & Environmental Sciences Area in 2011.
He established and serves as the director of the Center for Isotopic Geochemistry, a joint Berkeley Lab and UC Berkeley facility, and also established and serves as director of the DOE Energy Frontier Research Center for Nanoscale Controls on Geologic CO₂. DePaolo is the Class of 1951 Professor of Geochemistry in UC Berkeley’s Department of Earth and Planetary Science.
A member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1993, he is a fellow of numerous scientific societies, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He has won a number of medals and awards throughout his career, including the 2015 American Geophysical Union Harry H. Hess Medal, and chaired or participated in several National Research Council and Department of Energy committees and reports.
His research on isotopic variations in rocks and sediments has led to significant advances in constraining the mechanisms and rates of geologic processes, and his fieldwork has taken him around the globe, from the slopes of Mauna Kea, to the Tibetan Plateau, Antarctica, Alaska and the Alps. DePaolo will continue to serve as Professor of the Graduate School in the Earth and Planetary Sciences Department at UC Berkeley.
The Lab will soon launch an international search for the next ALD of Energy Sciences. The search committee will be chaired by Deputy Lab Director Horst Simon.