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David M. Mauro, M.S., Ph.D. Candidate*
President, Senior Scientist

Contact Information

Phone:  585-364-0728


Location:  Fairport, NY


Environmental Forensics (Identifying Sources and Timing of Chemical Releases)

Chemical/Isotopic Fingerprinting

Contaminant Transport/Fate in Sediments, Soils, Water, Groundwater

Divisibility and Apportionment of Contamination Among PRPs

Sampling Plans, Chemical Analyses, and Data Quality Assessment

Environmental Data Analysis

Chemometrics and Envirometrics


Ph.D. candidate* Analytical and Environmental Chemistry

Boston University

M.S. Environmental Science

Florida Tech

B.S. Biology, B.S. Environmental Science

Long Island University

* a Ph.D. candidate at B.U. has completed all required course work and oral exams, has conducted independent research and defended a dissertation.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Environmental Forensics of Organic Chemicals: Survey of Applications, Approaches, Capabilities, and Limitations 

December 2014, June 2015, May 2017, March 2022, November 2022

David Mauro is an environmental and analytical chemist with more than 40 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, tank farms, service stations, and pipelines, wood treating sites, chemical manufacturing facilities, power plants and substations, textile mills, and others.


Mr. Mauro has been a principal investigator of several research programs sponsored by EPRI, GTI, DOE, and utilities concerning MGP site management and coal tar transport and fate, wood treating chemicals in the environment, dielectric fluid chemistry and fate, PCBs, PCDDs and PCDFs sources and releases, environmental forensic methods, and microscale analytical methods. Mr. Mauro has 35 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 assessments. Mr. Mauro has extensive experience developing, evaluating, and implementing chemical analysis methods, as well as management of on-site and off-site laboratories. 


Mr. Mauro has worked with PRPs, attorneys, and mediators to develop cost allocations at complex CERCLA sites.

A list of depositions and court testimony is available on request.

Barbara B. Taylor, Ph.D.
Senior Environmental Consultant

Note from David Mauro:

I am sad to say that Barbara passed away recently. Barb was a mentor, a friend, a colleague, and an inspiration to everyone. She was driven and she drove all of us to be our best and to be honest about it. She is missed and will always be missed.

Dr. Barbara B. Taylor taught Environmental Engineering in the Civil and Chemical Engineering Departments of Northeastern University in the 1970s and 1980s.  She is a co-founder and former President of META Environmental, Inc., which she established in 1990.  Dr. Taylor was one of the premier experts on 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. 

Dr. Taylor held 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).

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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