USGS - science for a changing world

Water Science for Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia

Lonnie Lanham, Web Developer/UX Designer, Technical Support Specialist

Contact Information
U.S. Geological Survey
5522 Research Park Drive
Baltimore, MD 21228

Phone:  (443) 498-5599
Fax:      (443) 498-5510


M.A. in Digital Communication & Design, core studies Information Architecture & Web Development, PG Certificate: Information Design and Digital Media Production, University of Baltimore, 2001.

B.A. in Geography and Environmental Systems, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1998.

UG Cert
GIS and Digital Cartographic Production, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, 1998.

Pro Cert
2003: CompTIA A+, iNet+ Certification; 2014: Mac OS X Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA)

Continuing coursework, staying up-to-date on trends, technology and processes in Web design/development, Windows OS, and Macintosh OS, training for Adobe ACE (Illustrator, Photoshop). Since 1993, working with digital image processing packages. More than thirty years experience programming from Lotus 123 to Python.

Professional Experience

The vast majority of Web development for the USGS can be seen on both public ( ) and internal ( ) Web sites.

Image of MD.DE.DC WSC public home page Image of MD.DE.DC WSC internal home page

I have also been preparing for the introduction of the Drupal content management system as it will be used to maintain multi-platformed public-facing online environments. The Drupal framework is currently being created by the Web Re-engineering Team in Reston. The target date to go live is sometime in early 2016.

2014 - Present
USGS, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore MD
Web Developer/UX Designer/Technical Support Specialist

2006 - 2014
USGS, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore MD
Lead Information Technology Specialist/Web Developer

2000 - 2006
USGS, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore MD
Web Systems Administrator

1999 - 2000
USGS, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore MD
Scientific Illustrator/Cartographer (contract position)

1997 - 1999
National Geographic Society, Book Division
Cartographer (contract position)

1997 - 1998
University of Maryland, Baltimore County, Department of Geography
Lab Proctor for Spatial Analasis and Cartographic Production Labratory

1992 - 1997
Sunway Hotel Group - Multiple T/A Properties
Manager of Guest Services, Daily Operations Auditor, Technical Operations Manager

1986 - 1993
Self Employed/CREW, Concert Board & Lighting Engineer, Musician (Drums, Bass, Sampler)
Various Locations throughout Central Maryland, Baltimore & Washington, DC


IT/Web Developer Operational Skills

Operating Systems:

  • Mac OSX up through Yosemite, Pro Admin
  • Windows 7, Pro Admin; Active Directory Admin
  • Linux Ubuntu, ChromeOS

Web Develeopment & Design:

  • Coding: HTML5, CSS3, XML, SVG, JavaScript, Python, PHP
  • Dreamweaver
  • Photoshop
  • Illustrator
  • Flash
  • Fireworks
  • InDesign

Application Development:

  • ColdFusion
  • IIS and Apache server-side content and application services
  • Google Maps API and Mashups
  • MediaWiki
  • WordPress CMS
  • Drupal (learning) CMS
  • Visual Basic

Productivity & Specialty Software:

  • Microsoft Office
  • Google Docs
  • SAS
  • R
  • ArcGIS
  • SPlus
  • MapViewer
Professional Affiliations

  • American Institute for the Graphic Arts, Baltimore Chapter
  • World Organization of Webmasters
  • Association of American Geographers
  • Gamma Theta Upsilon (Geography Honors Society)
Professional Interests

Web-based Cartography/GIS, Interface Design, Flash vector mapping, interactive Web Technologies, XML, Scalable Vector Graphic development, Graphic Design for the Web, 3D Environment Rendering, Artistic Cartography, photography, technical illustration, PhotoShop, User Systems Administration, Computer Networking

Other Interests

Shortwave radio enthusiast and member of the North American Shortwave Association (NASWA), decoding worldwide video/audio internet and satellite streams &DXing. Other interests include record collecting, photography, reading, drawing, film, travel, hiking, biking.

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