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Konnie L. Wescott

Environmental Scientist/Department Head, Natural & Sociocultural Systems



  • M.A., Anthropology, Northern Illinois University, 1991.
  • B.A., Sociology/Anthropology and Mathematics, North Central College, 1988.

Current Role

Specialist in cultural and paleontological resources.


Environmental impact analysis for energy development; geographic information system (GIS) applications in archaeology, impact assessments, and facility planning; predictive modeling of archaeological site distributions; museum curation; cultural resources management and impact mitigation, including consideration of cultural and sacred landscapes.

Career Highlights

  • Project manager: Air Force Cultural Resources Support; Section 368 Energy Corridor Regional Reviews; Utah and Arizona Solar Regional Mitigation Strategies; environmental reviews for new reactor early site permit and combined operating licenses; wind energy, oil shale, and tar sands programmatic evaluations.
  • Principal investigator: Cultural heritage values and risk assessments in Colorado/New Mexico and Utah; off-highway vehicle route impact study; archaeological surveys; historic building inventories; artifact curation; nuclear reactor license renewals.
  • Technical lead: National Environmental Policy Act assessments of energy-related impacts on cultural and paleontological resources and on resources of concern to Native Americans; long-term monitoring and mitigation strategies; National Historic Preservation Act consultation; GIS applications in cultural resources management; training supporting environmentally responsible solar energy development.