Briana Schmidt


Portrait of  Briana Schmidt
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    Research Scientist
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    (925) 424-3213
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Briana’s focus areas include geologic sequestration of carbon dioxide and carbon mineralization, as part of the broader goal of the Carbon Initiative to understand, develop, and implement technologies for the removal of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Briana has over a decade of experience working at the intersection of science and public policy, including work to advance climate solutions while reducing environmental impacts. Briana’s background is in petroleum geology, where she worked on projects including shale gas, tight gas sands, and CO2-enhanced oil recovery.

M.S., Geological Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2005)

B.A., Earth Science, Boston University (2002)

Briana Mordick Schmidt, Joshuah K. Stolaroff, Sarah E. Baker, Nathan C. Ellebracht, Whitney Kirkendall, Aaron J. Simon, George Peridas, Eric W. Slessarev, Jennifer Pett-Ridge, Simon H. Pang, Roger D. Aines, and Matthew Langholtz, Carbon Negative by 2030: CO2 Removal Options for an Early Corporate Buyer, February, 2022, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, LLNL-TR-832071

David Sandalow, Roger Aines, Julio Friedmann, Peter Kelemen, Colin McCormick, Ian Power, Briana Schmidt, Siobhan (Sasha) Wilson, Carbon Mineralization Roadmap (ICEF Innovation Roadmap Project, November 2021).

Peridas, G., & Schmidt, B. E. (Eds.). (2021). Carbon Capture and Storage Today: Applications, Needs, Perceptions and Barriers. [Special issue]. The Electricity Journal34(7), 106996.

Peridas, G., & Schmidt, B. E. 2021. The role of carbon capture and storage in the race to carbon neutrality. The Electricity Journal34(7), 106996.

Mordick, B. & Peridas, G., 2017. Natural Resources Defense Council. Strengthening the Regulation of Enhanced Oil Recovery to Align It with the Objectives of Geologic Carbon Dioxide Sequestration.

Mordick, B.E. 2015. Filling the Data Gap: What We Know (and Don’t Know) about Hydraulic Fracturing and Acidizing in California. Hydraulic Fracturing: Environmental Issues. 205-220.

Mordick, B.E., Glazner, A.F., 2006, Clinopyroxene thermobarometry of basalts from the Coso and Big Pine volcanic fields, California: Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, v. 152, no. 1, p. 111-124.

LLNL: Research Scientist (2020-present)

Previous Positions: Director of Advocacy and Government Relations (Interim), Gates Ventures (2019-2020), Senior Scientist, NRDC (2010-2019), Senior Geologist & Team Lead, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (2004-2010)

Career Summary: Carbon removal, capture, and geologic storage, climate and energy policy and regulation, petroleum geology