Environmental Science Division (EVS) a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
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John Quinn
Principal Hydrogeology Specialist
Hydrological Science Department
  • Ph.D., Hydrogeology, University of Minnesota, 2009.
  • B.S.E., Geo-Engineering, Purdue University, 1988.
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, utility-scale solar, 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. Evaluations of flooding hazards at nuclear power plants.
  • Lead hydrogeologist and modeler: Argonne's phytoremediation site.
  • Panelist: U.S. Government Accountability Office study of tritium leaks at nuclear power plants.