Mindy Erickson

Degree Earned: Doctor of Philosophy

Graduation Year: 2005

Advisor(s): Randal Barnes

Thesis Title: Arsenic in upper Midwest ground water: Occurrence and geochemical mobilization mechanisms

Current Position: 

Dr. Mindy Erickson is an Adjunct Faculty member in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, University of Minnesota. In 2006, she taught CE 5541, Environmental Water Chemistry. Her research interests include bio-geochemical influences on the fate and transport of environmental organic and inorganic contaminants in aqueous systems as well as emerging contaminants and other types of emerging environmental issues.

Dr. Erickson is also a Hydrologist and Groundwater Specialist at the US Geological Survey. Examples of current projects include developing a better understanding of the distribution of arsenic in Minnesota’s aquifers, better understanding geochemical changes and groundwater flow through shallow aquifer systems, and assessing the fate and transport of organic contaminants in a sandy aquifer (http://mn.water.usgs.gov/projects/bemidji/).

Mailing Address: 

US Geological Survey
Minnesota Water Science Center
2280 Woodale Dr.
Mounds View, MN  55112

Phone: 763-783-3231

Email: merickso@usgs.gov

Website: http://mn.water.usgs.gov/ 

Peer-Reviewed Publications/Dissertation

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. (2005). Glacial Sediment Causing Regional-Scale Elevated Arsenic in Drinking Water. Ground Water 43(6) pp 796-805. (.pdf)

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes (2005) Well Characteristics Influencing Arsenic Concentrations in Ground Water. Water Research (39) pp 4029-4039. (pdf file)

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. (2006). Arsenic Concentration Variability in Public Water System Wells in Minnesota, USA. Applied Geochemistry. (21) pp 305–317. (.pdf)

Erickson, M.L. (2005) Arsenic in Upper Midwest Ground Water: Occurrence and Geochemical Mobilization Mechanisms. Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Minnesota , Minneapolis , MN (.pdf)

Other Publications:

Erickson, M.L. March 2007. Ambient Ground Water Monitoring at MPCA. Minnesota Ground Water Association Newsletter 26:1.

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. February 24, 2005. Arsenic in Upper Midwest Drinking Water. Paper published in the proceedings of the 2005 National Ground Water Association Naturally Occurring Contaminants Conference: Arsenic, Radium, Radon, and Uranium, pp 135 – 149. February 24-25, 2005. Charleston, SC.

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. December 2004. Arsenic Concentration Variability in Public Water System Wells in Minnesota, Report to Minnesota Department of Health.

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. November 2004. Arsenic in Newly Constructed Domestic Wells in Minnesota : Recent Research Results and Implications, Report to Minnesota Department of Health.

Barnes, R.J. and M.L. Erickson. June 2004. Arsenic in Minnesota groundwater and its impact on drinking water supply. Final report to the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center for a USGS-WRRI 104B grant.

Erickson, M.L. and R.J. Barnes. May 2004. Arsenic in Ground Water: Recent Research and Implications for Minnesota . CURA Reporter 34[2]. Available online at http://www.cura.umn.edu/reporter/04-Spr/Erickson-Barnes.pdf

Erickson, M. L. and R.J. Barnes. March 2004. Arsenic in Ground Water: Recent Research and Implications for Minnesota . Minnesota Ground Water Association Newsletter 23:1.

Minnesota Department of Health (Messing R., R. Soule, J. Small-Johnson, D. Durkin, M. Salisbury (née Erickson), L. Souther, J. Connett, B. Baker). December 2001. The Minnesota Arsenic Study (MARS): Final Report to ATSDR.

Berndt , M.E. , R.G. Soule, and M.L. Erickson. 2000. The Minnesota Arsenic Study (MARS): Mechanism and Occurrence of Arsenic in Western Minnesota Groundwater. Minnesota Groundwater Association Newsletter , 19:4, pp 1-5. Minneapolis , Minnesota .

Salisbury (née Erickson), M.L. Control Equation Formulation for Circular Inhomogeneities in the Analytic Element Method. Paper published in the Analytic Element Modeling of Groundwater Flow Conference Proceeding, pp 157-161, Indianapolis , Indiana . April 19-21, 1994.

Selected Presentations:

PFCs in Ambient Shallow Ground Water in Minnesota, Minnesota Water Resources Conference, October 23-24, 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Geochemical Investigation of Naturally Occurring Arsenic in Upper Midwest Ground Water. Invited presentation at the Minnesota Ground Water Association Fall Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota. November 17, 2005.

Arsenic in Upper Midwest Drinking Water. 2005 National Ground Water Association Naturally Occurring Contaminants Conference: Arsenic, Radium, Radon, and Uranium, February 24-25, 2005. Charleston, SC. February 24, 2005.

Late Wisconsinan Drift and Elevated Arsenic Concentrations in Drinking Water in the Upper Midwest , USA . Invited Department of Geosciences seminar, North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota . November 22, 2004.

Going Beyond the Minimum: Purposefully Designing (or Redesigning) Ground Water Sampling Schemes. Minnesota Ground Water Association Fall Conference, St. Paul, Minnesota. November 16, 2004.

Late Wisconsin Till and Arsenic Contamination in Upper Midwest Groundwater. Poster at the Institute of Lake Superior Geology Annual Conference. Duluth, Minnesota. May 5 – 7, 2004.

Measured and Modeled Arsenic Species Variability in Midwestern Ground Water. Poster at the Geological Society of America Annual Meeting and Exposition. Seattle, WA. November 5, 2003.

Got Arsenic? Site Investigation as a Possible Solution , Invited presentation at the 19 th Annual Water and Wastewater Technical Conference, Minnesota Rural Water Association, St. Cloud, Minnesota. March 4, 2003.

Minnesota Arsenic Study (MARS): Geochemistry Associated with Low-Level Arsenic in Drinking Water. Poster at the Fourth International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects; Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH). San Diego, California. June 2000.

Arsenic and New Regulations: The Minnesota Arsenic Study and the New MCL. National Groundwater Association Conference. Minneapolis, Minnesota. June 2000.

Minnesota Arsenic Study (MARS): Geochemistry, Human Exposures, and Effect Biomarkers Associated with Low-Level Arsenic in Drinking Water. Poster at the Third International Conference on Arsenic Exposure and Health Effects; Society for Environmental Geochemistry and Health (SEGH). San Diego, California. July 12 - 15, 1998.

Control Equation Formulation for Circular Inhomogeneities in the Analytic Element Method. Analytic Element Modeling of Groundwater Flow Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana. April 19-21, 1994.