Matt Belobraydic is a Principal Geoscientist in the Geoscience and Engineering group at the EERC, where he collaborates with EERC subject matter experts, principal investigators, and leadership to prepare proposals and pursue new business opportunities. He leads and manages projects in the areas of enhanced oil recovery (EOR) in conventional and unconventional formations, CO2 and produced gas storage, natural resource management, critical materials resource characterization and recovery, geologic and synthetic materials characterization, produced water management, and the environmental aspects of energy development. Matt has created static geomodels in support of exploration and development for fields and basins located in North America, South America, and the Middle East for conventional reservoirs, both clastic and carbonate, and unconventional reservoirs. He holds an M.S. degree in Geology from Ball State University and a B.S. degree in Geology from the University of Idaho. Prior to his position at the EERC, he was a Senior Reservoir Geologist at Schlumberger, Denver, Colorado.
Matt’s principal areas of interest and expertise include stratigraphic and structural interpretations, geologic characterization, data science, process automation, geostatistical analysis, geomodeling, and uncertainty analysis. He is a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists and has authored or coauthored numerous professional publications.
Matt has worked at the EERC since fall 2020 and was recently welcomed as part of our team permanently. He appreciates the opportunity to apply his knowledge of modeling the subsurface for carbon capture, utilization, and storage and geothermal applications in his new position. He has also previously worked with the EERC on a Plains CO2 Reduction (PCOR) Partnership project and was a UND student from late 2006 to mid-2008.
“I have worked with many teams and companies prior to the EERC, and I am continually impressed by the professionalism, support, and comradery of the EERC family,” Matt said. “I am enjoying my current research with CO2 and enhanced oil recovery, and I look forward to the new things we discover over the coming years.”
Matt is originally from Missouri but has called many places home, including Idaho, Indiana, North Dakota, and Colorado. He is looking forward to moving back to Grand Forks with his wife, their Great Pyrenees, and their cockatiel. He and his wife enjoy hiking and camping, and Matt also enjoys big game and upland bird hunting.