Brendan Merk is a professional geologist with over twenty years of experience performing property assessments, subsurface investigations, environmental evaluations, and managing remediation efforts. He applies his expertise to forensic casework investigating the cause and cleanup of soil and groundwater contamination, concerns regarding petroleum and hazardous chemicals, the determination of groundwater flow and contaminant transport, and other geologic hazards.
With a focus on hydrogeology in his undergraduate and graduate education, much of Brendan’s professional experience involves groundwater modeling. He has a strong background in the removal and assessment of Underground Storage Tank (UST) facilities, Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessments (ESA), and performing asbestos surveys for properties undergoing demolition. Brendan is also proficient with field sampling techniques such as soil sampling, monitoring well installation, low-flow groundwater sampling, soil vapor sample collection, and free-product recovery from groundwater.
Brendan has implemented environmental corrective actions with technologies including dig and haul, soil and groundwater vapor extraction, carbon and bioremediation injections, property restrictions, and contaminant modeling. Bedrock investigations have included assessments in karst areas as well as coring and pressure testing in competent rock.
Brendan is a licensed Professional Geologist in Kentucky and Indiana and a certified Asbestos Inspector in Indiana. He has a B.S. degree in Geology from Ball State University and a M.S. degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati.