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Meghan Taunton is a Research Engineer at the EERC, where she interfaces with a diverse team of scientists and engineers to address challenges related to oil and gas development and geologic CO2 storage. Her work includes interpreting subsurface data, regional geologic characterization activities, and field assessments in support of EERC projects. She holds a B.S. degree in Geological Engineering and a B.A. degree in Economics from the University of North Dakota and B.A. degrees in Mass Communications and Public Relations from California State University San Bernardino. Prior to her position at the EERC, she held positions with the North Dakota Geological Survey Wilson M. Laird Core & Sample Library, Halliburton Energy Services, and NBC affiliate KUMV-TV.

Meghan’s principal areas of interest and expertise include technical and nontechnical communications and public relations, subsurface pressure management, produced water treatment, and oil and gas field operations. 

Meghan was drawn to her position at the EERC because it offers the opportunity to be part of bringing the energy industry into the future. The focus on making energy safer, cleaner, and more efficient is important to her. Her position also offers the ability to use both her engineering and communications skills. 

“The collaborative atmosphere at the EERC is great because everyone brings their own ideas and perspectives,” said Meghan. “Field projects have been great for me because I love learning by doing. Having direct involvement in operations on location has been really cool.” 

Meghan is from Yucaipa, California, and moved to Grand Forks from Williston, North Dakota, in 2018. She enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling, especially road trips. She has been to 34 states, most during road trips, and said her longest road trip was 4 weeks long. Meghan also has a small dog that travels with her whenever possible.