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Marsha Patelke

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Professional title

Research Scientist, Geologist

Bio

Marsha Meinders Patelke is a Researcher with the Minerals and Metallurgy research group. She is a Registered Professional Geologist (PG) in Minnesota and has over 25 years of experience. Ms Patelke came to NRRI in 2006. Her work has mainly focused on by-products re-use and stratigraphy of Biwabik Iron Formation. Projects have included beneficial use of harbor dredge material and taconite tailings studies and bedrock drill core logging associated road reconstruction projects.

Most recently, projects have also included mineland reclamation utilizing dredges sediment, and soils manufactured from by-products. Prior to joining NRRI, Ms Patelke spent fifteen years in working for private environmental and engineering consulting firms. As a project manager and field geologist her projects included environmental site assessments for potential contaminants, property investigations, drilling programs, groundwater investigations, and cleanups at polluted sites. The projects were completed for private businesses, historic harbor locations, at a Superfund Site, and for MnDOT along highway construction corridors.

Education

Master of Science, Geology, University of Minnesota Duluth, pending
Bachelor of Science, Geology, Eastern Illinois University, 1988

Publications

Patelke, M.M, 2019, Dredged Sediment for Forest Restoration on Unproductive Minelands, Final Report to the Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund (ENRTF) Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR), 65 p.

Johnson, K., Cai, M., Patelke, M., Saftner, D., and Cruz, C., 2019, Development and Regionalization of In Situ Bioslopes and Bioswales. Minnesota Department of Transportation, Research Project Final Report 2019-31, 118 p. Mn/DOT Research Services & Library, Office of Transportation System Management.

Johnson, K., Cai, M., Patelke, M., Saftner, D., and Swanson, J 2017, Comparing Properties of Water Absorbing/Filtering Media for Bioslope/Bioswale Design. Minnesota Department of Transportation, Research Project Final Report 2017-46, 127p. Mn/DOT Research Services & Library, Office of Transportation System Management.

Heine, J.J., Patelke, M.M., Post, S.P., and Maly, C.C., 2015, Non-ferrous geology along the Highway 53 relocation near Virginia, MN: Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/TR-2015/45, 14 p

Heine, J. J; Patelke, M. M.; Buschette, M.; Leu, A.; Maly, C.C; Gordee, S. M; Chlebecek, S.; Lee, A.; Post, S. P. MnDOT Highway 169 2015 Drilling Project, 2017, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/TR-2017/15, 48 p

Patelke, M.M., Levar, T.E., Zanko, L.M., Oreskovich, J.A., and Malu, C., 2013,Erie Pier Dredge Material Beneficial Use Study-Final Report, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/TSR2013/03 , 60 p

PatelkeM.M., and Zanko L.M., 2010 , Taconite Tailings and Water Quality–A Survey of Existing Data, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/RI-2010/01, 29 p.

Severson, M.J., Patelke, M.P., and Heine, J.J., 2009, Geologic and Stratigraphic controls of the Biwabik Iron Formation and the Aggregate Potential of the Mesabi Iron Range, Minnesota, 2009, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/TR-2009/09, 173 p.

Oreskovich, Julie A; Patelke, Marsha Meinders; Zanko, Lawrence M, 2007, Documenting the Historical Use of Taconite Byproducts as Construction Aggregates in Minnesota – A GIS-based Compilation of Applications, Locations, Test Data, and Related Construction Information, Natural Resources Research Institute, University of Minnesota Duluth, Technical Report NRRI/TR-2007/22, 49 p

Professional Affiliations

Member of :
Mesabi Range Geologic Society,
American Society of Mining Reclamation,
Institute on Lake Superior Geology

Synergistic Activities:
Harbor Technical Advisory Committee (HTAC) Dredging Subcommittee member – Beneficial Use of dredge material from the Duluth Superior Harbor.

American Society of Mining and Reclamation (ASMR) – Planning committee and co-leader for a full day tour of peat reclamation sites for the 2022 Annual meeting in Duluth.