Charles M Cannon

Charles Cannon is a geologist at the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Science Center. He received a M.S. degree in geology from Portland State University in 2015. Since joining the USGS in 2008, he has devoted his career to studying the geology and geomorphology of the Columbia River region and specializes in geographic information systems. 


While Charlie's current research focuses on mapping Quaternary geology in the region near The Dalles, Oregon, he began his career at USGS in 2008 as a student working on geomorphic mapping of gravel bed rivers in southwest Oregon. Since 2010, he has been working to understand the geology of the lower Columbia River, primarily by way of detailed geomorphic mapping and hydrologic analyses of its tidally-influenced reaches between Bonneville Dam and the Pacific Ocean. Since 2014, he has been working to map Quaternary geology in the region near The Dalles, Oregon. His interests include using geographic information systems, remote sensing, and modeling for geologic and geomorphic studies. 

Professional Experience: 

  • 2015 - Present, Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Portland, OR
  • 2008 - 2015, Hydrologist, U.S. Geological Survey, Portland, OR


  • B.S., Geology with Computer Applications Minor, Portland State University, 2008
  • Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Systems, Portland State University, 2010
  • M.S., Geology, Portland State University, 2015


  • 2007 - present, Geological Society of America