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Ralph Haugerud

Ralph Haugerud is a research geologist in the Geology, Minerals, Energy, and Geophysics Center. He is a structural geologist and geologic mapper interested in the evolution of the Pacific Northwest.

Ralph received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Geology from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. in Geological Sciences from the University of Washington. Since joining the USGS in 1986, he has worked in the North Cascades Range, the Salish Lowland, and the Columbia Plateau. From 1990 to 2014 he was technical lead for the Puget Sound Lidar Consortium, and he has been instrumental in developing the GeMS standard for representing geologic maps in a Geographic Information System (GIS). His current efforts focus on the structure of Eocene strata in central Washington, features formed by glacial Lake Missoula outburst floods, and regional map compilation.

Professional Experience

  • 1986-present, Research Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey. Reston, VA, Menlo Park, CA, Seattle, WA

  • 1985-1986, Post-doctoral Research Associate, National Research Council. Reston, VA

  • Teaching Assistant, University of Washington. Seattle, WA 1982-1984

  • Research Assistant, University of Washington. Seattle, WA 1980-1982

  • Geologist, U.S. Geological Survey. Darrington, WA 1980

  • Geologist, GeothermEx, Inc. Berkeley, CA 1979-1980

  • Independent contractor (geologic mapping). Marblemount, WA 1979

  • Teaching Assistant, Western Washington University. Bellingham, WA 1977-1979

Education and Certifications

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Washington, 1985

  • M.S., Geology, Western Washington University, 1980

  • B.S., Geology, Western Washington University, 1976

Affiliations and Memberships*

  • Geological Society of America (Fellow)

  • American Geophysical Union

  • University of Washington

Science and Products

*Disclaimer: Listing outside positions with professional scientific organizations on this Staff Profile are for informational purposes only and do not constitute an endorsement of those professional scientific organizations or their activities by the USGS, Department of the Interior, or U.S. Government