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The EERC is pleased to announce Benjamin Oster has joined the Geomodeling Team as a Geologist. Ben’s primary responsibilities include assessing project uncertainties in oil and gas development and geologic CO2 storage by developing geophysical models of the subsurface, performing regional geophysical characterizations, conducting petrophysical analyses of geophysical data, and evaluating geologic core samples. Ben previously worked at the EERC as a student and was involved in client projects dealing with CO2 enhanced oil recovery and saltwater disposal in North Dakota.

Ben’s principal areas of interest and expertise include well log and core analysis, geologic characterization, geocellular modeling, and CO2 enhanced oil recovery.

Ben is currently working on his M.S. degree in Geology at the University of North Dakota (UND), where his thesis research involves using well log and core data to characterize the Winnipegosis Formation of the Williston Basin. He holds a B.S. degree in Geology from UND and A.S. and A.A. degrees from Williston State College.

Having grown up on a farm southwest of Williston, North Dakota, Ben was interested in geology from a young age. That interest increased later, when his home was surrounded by the Bakken oil boom.

“What interests me most about my job here at the EERC is being able to work with multidisciplinary teams on a variety of challenging projects,” Ben says.

When he’s not working, Ben enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and playing the banjo.