Randall C Orndorff

After being the recent Acting Director position for the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI), Randall C. Orndorff will be returning to his position as a research geologist for the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center.

Biography

Career History and Highlights

Randall is a geologic mapper and karst specialist for the Florence Bascom Geoscience Center in Reston, VA.  His current projects include geologic mapping a karst research in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Greenbrier Valley of West Virginia, and the souther Lake Champlain region of New York and Vermont.  As the Acting Director for the Office of Science Quality and Integrity from May 2016 to January 2017, Randall was tasked with monitoring and enhancing the integrity, quality, and health of United States Geological Survey science through executive oversight and development of strong practices, policy, and supporting programs listed below. Prior to Acting Director of OSQI, Randall was the Director of the Eastern Geology and Paleoclimate Science Center (2010-2016). In this role, he was responsible for overseeing geologic mapping and paleoclimate studies in the eastern United States as well as karst, landslide, and earthquake hazards.  From 2002 to 2010, he was Associate Program Coordinator for the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program. With more than 30 years at the USGS as a scientist, program coordinator, and science center director, he has brought a wealth of knowledge to his leadership roles.

Education

Randy earned both a bachelor’s degree (1983) and master’s degree (1985) in geology from Old Dominion University.