Ernest Crider

Biography

As a geologic cartographer and GIS specialist for the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center I am responsible for the completion of GIS databases, metadata creation, and associated cartographic products for multiple current and legacy projects.   Most current projects are located on National Park lands (Blue Ridge Parkway) and the Atlantic Coastal Plain; with an additional focus on bedrock geologic mapping in New England.  I came to the U.S. Geological Survey from the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History where I started in the summer of 1997 as a NSF REU student working on cores from Lake Issyk-Kul in Kyrgyzstan.  My work there included processing core samples for XRD, grain size distribution analysis using a Coulter Counter, wet sieving, and field work.