Lon Lanham

I am currently working as the digital content manager for the USGS at MD-DE-DC Water Science Center in Baltimore, MD. I work with the MD-DE-DC WSC (and others as commissioned) creating/managing a dynamic web product for collaborators, cooperators and consumers.




M.A. Digital Publications Design, core studies Interaction Design & Web Development, PG Certificate: Information Design and Digital Media Production, University of Baltimore


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

UG Cert

GIS and Cartographic Production, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Pro Cert

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


Continuing coursework, staying up-to-date on trends, technology and processes in Web development and trends in UX. Windows OS, and Macintosh OS, training for Adobe ACE (Illustrator, Photoshop)


Professional Experience

The vast majority of Web development for the USGS can be seen on both public (http://md.water.usgs.gov ) and internal ( http://md.water.usgs.gov/usgs ) Web sites. Currently working with thw Web Re-engineering Team (WRET), moving USGS web contents to Drupal CMS platform.

October 2017 - Present (Detail)
USGS, Office of Communication and Publishing
Drupal CMS Administator

2015 - 2017
USGS, MD-DE-DC Water Science Center, Baltimore MD
Web Developer/UX Designer/Technical Support Specialist

2006 - 2015
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
Teaching Assistant and Lecturer in Spatial Analysis and Cartographic Production Labratories


IT/Web Operational Skills

Operating Systems:

  • Mac OSX up through Sierra, 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:

  • SAS
  • R
  • ArcGIS
  • SPlus
  • Microsoft Office
  • Google Docs
  • 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

VISUALIZATION. Information graphics, interface/dashboard design, Web-based cartography/GIS, interactive mapping applications, artistic cartography, Flash mapping, interactive Web Technologies, XML, Scalable Vector Graphic development, graphic design for the Web, 3D environment rendering, photography, technical illustration, PhotoShop, data networking, satellite imaging technology.