Wilson Center Experts
Briana Mordick is a Staff Scientist at the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). Prior to joining NRDC, she worked for Anadarko Petroleum for six years as a petroleum geologist on projects including shale gas, tight gas sands, and CO2 enhanced oil recovery. At NRDC, Ms. Mordick serves as a technical advisor on issues related to oil and natural gas extraction and geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide. This work includes the identification of regulatory solutions and industry best practices to address the environmental impacts of oil and natural gas extraction. She has written and spoken frequently on these topics including to the National Academies of Science, U.S. EPA, and the Yale Environmental Law Conference. She served as a representative to the Operations and Environment and Policy Subgroups of the 2011 National Petroleum Council Study on the Prudent Development of North American Resources and is currently a member of the Unconventional Resources Technology Advisory Committee, a Federal Advisory Committee to the Secretary of Energy. She holds a B.A. in Earth Sciences from Boston University (2002) and an M.S. in Geological Sciences from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005).