Environmental Science Division (EVS)a Division of Argonne National Laboratory
Predictive environmental understanding
Robert Sullivan
Environmental Scientist
Ecology, Natural Resources and Managed Systems Department
  • M.L.A., Landscape Architecture, University of Illinois, 1988.
Current Role
Environmental Scientist with responsibility for conducting research on the visual impacts of utility-scale renewable and fossil energy development, scenic resource inventory and conservation, and social dimensions of landscape use and management.
Research in visual impact assessment and mitigation for utility-scale energy systems; application of geospatial methods and technology to visual resource analysis; web site and software design and development; information architecture, project management.
Career Highlights
  • Principal investigator: Design and development of scenic resource inventory system for National Park Service; design and development of visual impact risk assessment and mitigation mapping, and offshore renewable energy visualization systems; characterizations of visual impacts of solar, wind, and electric transmission systems; development of visual impact assessment and mitigation guidance for Federal agencies; investigation of social dimensions of human use of landscapes. Co-lead for wind energy development planning analysis projects.
  • Visual impact analyst: EISs for onshore and offshore wind energy, solar energy, electric and pipeline transmission, uranium leasing, hydropower dam management, and oil shale and tar sand development.
  • Web site and software designer: More than 20 environmental web sites and 5 software systems.
  • Consultant: National Park Service, visual impact assessment evaluation for utility-scale renewable energy projects.
  • Award recipient: Federal Engineering Applications Award; two Argonne Director’s Award; four Argonne Pacesetter Awards.
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