Environmental Science Division (EVS) a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
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John Quinn
Principal Hydrogeologist
Environmental Restoration Team
Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Minnesota, 2009.
Current Role
Principal Hydrogeologist, Environmental Restoration, focusing on analysis of groundwater, soil, geology, and surface water.
Conceptual and numerical modeling of groundwater systems, three-dimensional scientific visualization of subsurface data and modeling results, transport modeling, and geographic information systems. Phytoremediation system design, assessment of remediation systems and natural attenuation, decision making for long-term monitoring. Geostatistics and uncertainty assessment, including use of statistical/geostatistical methods in probabilistic estimation of radiologically contaminated soil volumes, modeling of complex aquifer-aquitard relationships, and assessment of flow model uncertainty. Environmental impacts of the energy-water relationship, especially for nuclear power plants, oil shale, and tar sands. State-licensed professional engineer.
Career Highlights
  • Principal investigator: Development of a probabilistic wellhead protection zone in a complex glacial-drift setting.
  • Lead hydrogeologist and modeler: Argonne's phytoremediation site.
  • Panelist: U.S. Government Accountability Office study of tritium leaks at nuclear power plants.