ABOUT

The staff at META are professionals educated and trained in engineering, chemistry, and/or other sciences. All of our staff have advanced degrees in the environmental field. Since our inception, we have had a cross-training policy that integrates our field and laboratory capabilities. Staff are required to be familiar with all aspects of our projects - planning, sampling, testing, interpreting, and presenting. 

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David M. Mauro, M.S.
President, Senior Scientist
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Barbara B. Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Environmental Consultant

Dr. Barbara B. Taylor is a senior scientist with 40 years of experience as an environmental consultant  During the 1970s and 1980s, she taught Environmental Engineering in the Civil and Chemical Engineering Departments of Northeastern University.   She is the co-founder and former President of META Environmental, Inc., which she established in 1990.  She has worked on numerous projects, including:  designing sampling and analysis plans for the areal and vertical characterization of soil, sediment, and groundwater contamination; directing the collection and analysis of tens of thousands of samples; interpreting environmental data of various matrices; performing forensic examinations of chemical data and site information for identification of contaminant sources and/or remedial cost allocations; reviewing remedial designs; conducting or reviewing research on innovative remedial measures; and providing oversight and other services, such as efficacy confirmation, for remedial efforts.

Dr. Taylor is one of the premier experts in the country concerning PCB, polychlorinated dibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (PCDD) contamination resulting from catastrophic electrical transformer, capacitor, and breaker fires or explosions as well as the PCDD and PCDF contamination of surfaces, soils, and sediments from other sources.  For more than 30 years she has provided expert consultations regarding PCB, PCDD, and PCDF contamination issues throughout the U.S. and in Canada and Asia.

Dr. Taylor continues to work on selected environmental contamination projects. She has provided expert testimony on a variety of topics, including PCDD/PCDF source identification and formation, PCB sources and transport, and related topics. Dr. Taylor holds three degrees in engineering: one degree in Chemical Engineering (B.S. from Clarkson University) and two degrees in Environmental Engineering (M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard University).

David Mauro is an environmental and analytical chemist with more than 35 years of experience in the field. He is co-founder and president of META Environmental, Inc. (META), an environmental consulting company that specializes in electric and gas utility issues. He is leader of the environmental forensics group at META and has provided expert testimony on issues regarding sources of contamination at former MGP sites, fuel release sites, PCB sites and polychlorinated dibenzofuran (PCDF), and polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin (PCDD) sites. Mr. Mauro has been a principal investigator of several research programs concerning MGP site management and coal tar chemistry, wood treating chemicals in the environment, dielectric fluid chemistry and fate, PCBs and dioxin releases and fires, environmental forensic methods, and microscale analytical methods. Mr. Mauro has 30 years direct experience in electric and gas utility work which has included serving as the project manager or senior technical consultant for dozens of projects involving design and implementation of site characterization studies, source identification and cost allocation studies, treatability studies, environmental fate and transport studies, and statistical and quality control studies. Mr. Mauro has extensive experience developing, evaluating, and implementing chemical analysis methods, as well as management of on-site and off-site laboratories.  More recently, Mr. Mauro has worked with clients to develop cost allocations at complex CERCLA sites.  He has B.S. and M.S. degrees in environmental science.