David J. McCraw

Senior Geological Lab Associate

Geographer – GIS Cartographer – Geologic Mapping (Field Geologist) – Surficial Geologist (Geomorphology)

New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources
New Mexico Tech
801 Leroy Place
Socorro, NM 87801
(575) 835-5594

David McCraw became a geologist at the Bureau via Physical Geography / Geomorphology (which included a geology minor and extensive post-graduate geologic course work). He was hired at the Bureau in 1995 as a Cartographer, coming back to NM from a ten year hiatus in Louisiana. In Louisiana, he was employed as a cartographer and surficial geologic mapper with the Louisiana Geological Survey at LSU, where he produced several geologic maps and was Co-principal Investigator for four new 1:100,000 geologic quadrangles funded through the USGS's COGEOMAP program.

At the Bureau, he was promoted into a newly created position in 1997 as GIS/Cartographer, which was the first GIS position created at the Bureau. In the GIS realm he spearheaded the transition from traditional photomechanical cartography to the digital realm, was active in the implementation of the state's Geospatial Advisory Committee (NMGAC  http://www.gac.state.nm.us/), and in the state's professional geospatial organization (NMGIC  http://nmgic.com/) in which he served as President from 1999 to 2002. In addition to GIS and cartography, David has continued to work on surficial geologic mapping, now funded through the National Cooperative Geologic Mapping Program's STATEMAP program. To date he has co-authored 23 1:24,000 geologic quadrangles in NM and served as lead author/compiler on 14 of these.

David and his wife, Jennie live with their two dogs in Los Lunas.

Dave speaking at 2012 NMGS FFC
David presents the results of his study on terrace chronostratigraphy of Cañada Alamosa before the 2012 New Mexico Geological Society's 63rd Fall Field Conference.

Education

  • M.A., 1985, Physical Geography, University of New Mexico. Thesis: A phytogeographic history of Larrea in southwestern New Mexico illustrating the historical expansion of the Chihuahuan Desert.
  • B.S. 1982, Physical Geography, Geology minor, Western Carolina University

Activities and Interests

  • Surficial geologic mapping
  • Alluvial geomorphology, terraces
  • Karst geomorphology
  • Development of the Lower Pecos Valley
  • NASA astronaut training in earth sciences

Publications

  1. Allen, B. D., Love, D. W., and McCraw, D. J., 2013, Uppermost Pennsylvanian Bursum Formation near Cibola Spring, Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge, Socorro County, New Mexico:  in: Lucas, S. G. et al., eds., Carboniferous-Permian Transition in central New Mexico,  New Mexico Museum of Natural History, Bulletin 59, p. 233-238.
  2. McCraw, D. J., Miller, P. L., and Timmons, J. M., 2012, Cartographic design and production proceedures for New Mexico open-file geologic maps:  Combining GIS-compiled vector data, point data, and raster mashups into asthetic, useful maps: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, vol. 44, no. 6, p. 11.
  3. McCraw, D. J., 2012a, Cuchillo Surface overview and soils:  New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 158-161.
  4. McCraw, D. J., 2012b, The ongoing saga of Cañada de la Cruz:  Two streams with the same name:  New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 95-96.
  5. McCraw, D. J., and Love, D. W., 2012, An overview and delineation of the Cuchillo geomorphic surface, Engle and Palomas Basins, New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 491-498.
  6. McCraw, D. J., and Williams, S. F., 2012, Terrace stratigraphy and soil chronosequence of Cañada Alamosa, Sierra and Socorro Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 475-489.
  7. McLemore, V. T., Love, D. W., McCraw, D. J., Lucas, S. G., Lumbach, K. W., Spielmann, J. A., and McLemore, J. V., 2012, Southern San Mateo Mountains―Second-day road log from Truth or Consequences to Nogal Canyon, Milliken Park, Luna Park Campground, Garcia Falls, and Monticello: New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 49-96.
  8. McLemore, V. T., Love, D. W., McCraw, D. J., Lumbach, K. W., Cikoski, C. T., Koning, D. J., and McLemore, J. V., 2012, Cañada Alamosa―Supplemental road log along Cañada Alamosa to Winston, Cuchillo, and return to T or C:  New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 135-146.
  9. McLemore, V. T., Love, D. W., McCraw, D. J., and McLemore, J. V., 2012, Red Rock Road―Supplemental road log from Mitchell Point (Exit 92, I-25) to Luna Park Campground along Red Rock Road:  New Mexico Geological Society, 63rd Annual Field Conference Guidebook, p. 155-157.
  10. McCraw, D. J., 2010, Geologic compilation map of the Lower Pecos alluvial valley, Bitter Lake to Bottomless Lakes area, Chaves County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Geological Society 2010 Spring Meeting, Proceedings, p.30.
  11. Love, D. W., McCraw, D. J., Chamberlin, R. M., Connell, S. D., and Cather, S. M., 2008, Progress report on tracking Rio Grande terraces across the uplift of the Socorro Magma Body:  Abstracts of the New Mexico Geological Society 2008 Spring Meeting, New Mexico Geology, v. 30, no. 2, p. 58.
  12. Love, D. W., McCraw, D. J., Chamberlin, R. M., Reiter, M., Connell, S. D., Cather, S. M., and Majkowski, L., 2009, Progress report on tracking Rio Grande terraces across the uplift of the Socorro Magma Body:  in:  Lueth, V. W., Lucas, S. G., and Chamberlin, R. M. (eds.), Geology of the Chupadera Mesa, New Mexico, Geological Society 2009 Fall Field Conference, v. 60, p. 415-424.
  13. McCraw, D. J., 2008, Late Quaternary development of the Pecos River floodplain, Bitter Lake quadrangle, New Mexico:  Abstracts of the New Mexico Geological Society 2008 Spring Meeting, New Mexico Geology, v. 30, no. 2, p. 62. McCraw, D. J., 2006, Book reviews:  Mike Butterfield's Guide to the Mountains of New Mexico and The Mountains of New MexicoNew Mexico Geology, v. 28, no. 4, p.117-119.
  14. McCraw, D.J., Timmons, J.M., and Read, A.S., 2005, The New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources’ Preliminary Map Series: Expediting Dissemination of STATEMAP Geologic Map Data to the Public, Digital Mapping Techniques ‘05— Workshop Proceedings Edited by David R. Soller April 24-27, 2005 Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S. Geological Survey, Open-File Report 2005-1428, 274p. ABSTRACT
  15. McCraw, D. J., 2004, An overview of the current bark beetle infestation in New Mexico's upland forests: in: Brister, B. S., Bauer, P. W., Read, A. S., and Lueth, V. W. (eds.), Geology of the Taos Region, New Mexico Geological Fall Field Conference Proceedings, vol. 55, p. 75.
  16. Read, A. S., McCraw, D. J., and Rawling, G., 2002, New tricks for old dogs: A digital technique for producing mylar base maps for geologic mapping and compilation: in: Soller, D. R. (ed.), Digital Mapping Techniques '02 – Workshop Proceedings, U.S. Geological Survey Open-file Report 02-370, p. 153-157.
  17. McCraw, D. J., 2001, The Growing Issue of GIS Certification and Its Possible Ramifications to Geological Mapping Science: in: Soller, D. R., ed., Digital Mapping Techniques ’99 – Workshop Proceedings, USGS Open-file Report 01-223, p. 153-157.
  18. McCraw, D. J., 1999, “Can’t see the geology for the ground clutter”—shortcomings of the modern digital topographic base: in: Soller, D. R., ed., Digital Mapping Techniques ’99 – Workshop Proceedings, USGS Open-file Report 99-386, p. 21-26.
  19. McCraw, D. J., Bauer, P. W., and Jones, G. E., 1998, The middle Rio Grande basin digital cartography program of the New Mexico Bureau of Mines and Mineral Resources: USGS Middle Rio Grande Basin Study, 2nd Annual Workshop Proceedings, USGS Open-file Report 98-337, p. 71.
  20. McCraw, D. J., Jones, G. E., and Bauer, P. W., 1997, Combining Arc-Info and Macintosh to produce high quality digital geologic maps of New Mexico: Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, Salt Lake City, UT.
  21. Autin, W. J., Snead, J., Walthall, P. M., McCraw, D. J., and Day, W. J., 1993a, Late Tertiary to middle Pleistocene evolution of an upland erosional landscape: Review of the Williana and Bentley area: Quaternary geology of the lower Red River valley, 11th Annual Field Conference, South-central Cell, Friends of the Pleistocene, p. 45-52.
  22. Autin, W. J., Snead, J., Walthall, P. M., McCraw, D. J., and Day, W. J., 1993b, Late middle Pleistocene evolution of a constructional alluvial plain: Review of the Montgomery area: Quaternary geology of the lower Red River valley, 11th Annual Field Conference, South-central Cell, Friends of the Pleistocene, p. 53-60.
  23. Autin, W. J., Snead, J., Walthall, P. M., McCraw, D. J., and Day, W. J., 1993c, Wisconsinan constructional alluviation of the Red River: Review of the Aloha Prairie area: Quaternary geology of the lower Red River valley, 11th Annual Field Conference, South-central Cell, Friends of the Pleistocene, p. 61-68.
  24. Kesel, R. H., Yodis, E. G., and McCraw, D. J., 1992, An approximation of the sediment budget of the lower Mississippi River prior to human modification: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 17, p. 711-722.
  25. McCraw, D. J., 1991, Alluvial fan development in the lower Mississippi valley.” Coastal Depositional Systems in the Gulf of Mexico: 12th Annual Research Conference, Gulf Coast Section, Society of Economic Paleontologists and Mineralogists Foundation, p. 134.
  26. McCraw, D. J., and Autin, W. J., 1989a, Lower Mississippi Valley Loess: A Field Guide: Follmer, L. R. (Coordinator), The Mississippi Valley Loess Tour – 1989, INQUA Commission on Loess, The North America Loess Working Group, Champaign, Ill., 35 p.
  27. McCraw, D. J., 1989b, Alluvial fan development in the lower Mississippi valley.” Association of American Geographers, Program & Abstracts, Baltimore, MD, p. 132.
  28. McCraw, D. J., 1987a, Road log through the Four Corners area: Bloomfield to Gallup, New Mexico: Nummedal, D., and Dokka, R. K., eds, Geology fieldguide to Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonics & sedimentation of the southwestern United States, LSU publications in geology & geophysics, tectonics & sedimentation No. 2, Baton Rouge, LA p. 95-108.
  29. McCraw, D. J., 1987b, Effects of neotectonic movements on arid fluvial systems of the American Southwest: Nummedal, D., and Dokka, R. K., eds, Geology fieldguide to Mesozoic and Cenozoic tectonics & sedimentation of the southwestern United States, LSU publications in geology & geophysics, tectonics & sedimentation No. 2, Baton Rouge, LA p. 78-120.
  30. McCraw, D. J., 1985, A phytogeographic history of Larrea in the Desert Grasslands of southwestern New Mexico: Geography & Geology Section, Southwestern & Rocky Mountain Division, American Association for the Advancement of Science, Tucson, AZ.
  31. McCraw, D. J., 1985, A phytogeographic history of Larrea in southwestern New Mexico illustrating the historical expansion of the Chihuahuan Desert: M. A. Thesis, University of New Mexico, 137 p.
  32. McCraw, D. J., 1982, The geomorphology of the Granite City boulderslope in the Cashiers Valley, North Carolina: Journal of the Elisha Mitchell Scientific Society, North Carolina Academy of Science, v. 98, p. 217-218.

Geologic Maps

  1. Goff, F., Kelley, S. A., Goff, C. J., McCraw, D. J., Osburn, G. R., Lawrence, J. R., Drakos, P. G., and Skotnicki, S. J., 2015, Geologic map of Mount Taylor, Cibola and McKinley Counties, New Mexico: New Mexico Bureau of Geology an Mineral Resources, Open-file Report 571, 2 sheets.
  2. McCraw, D. J., Land, L. A., and Williams, S., 2011, Geologic map of the Spring Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 214.
  3. McCraw, D. J., and Williams, S., 2011a, Geologic map of the Artesia 7.5-minute quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 169.
  4. McCraw, D. J., and Williams, S., 2011b, Geologic map of the Dayton 7.5-minute quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 160.
  5. Ferguson, C. F., and McCraw, D. J., 2010, Geologic map of the Ambrosia Lake 7.5-minute quadrangle, McKinley County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 203.
  6. McCraw, D. J., Read, A. S., Lawrence, J. R., Goff, F., and Goff, C. J. 2009, Geologic map of the San Mateo quadrangle, Cibola and McKinley Counties, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 194.
  7. McCraw, D. J., 2008, Geologic map of the South Spring 7.5-minute quadrangle, Chaves County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 171.
  8. McCraw, D. J., and Land, L. A., 2008, rev. 2014, Geologic map of the Lake McMillan North 7.5-minute quadrangle, Eddy County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 169.
  9. Connell, S. D., and McCraw, D. J., 2007, Geologic map of the La Joya NW quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 140.
  10. McCraw, D. J., Love, D. W. and, Connell, S. D., 2007, Geologic map of the Abeytas quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico:  Abstracts of the New Mexico Geological Society 2007 Spring Meeting, New Mexico Geology, v. 29, no. 2, p. 66.
  11. McCraw, D. J., Rawling, G., and Land, L. A., 2007, Geologic map of the Bitter Lake quadrangle, Chaves County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 151.
  12. McCraw, D. J., Love, D. W. and, Connell, S. D., 2006, Geologic map of the Abeytas quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 121.
  13. Rawling, G., and McCraw, D. J., 2006, rev. 2010, Geologic map of the Bottomless Lakes 7.5-minute quadrangle, Chaves County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 126.
  14. Rawling, G., and McCraw, D. J., 2005, Geologic map of the Tome SE 7.5-minute quadrangle, Valencia County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 109.
  15. Ferguson, C. A., Osburn, G. R., McCraw, D. J., and Majkowski, L., 2004, Geologic map of the Welty Hill 7.5-minute quadrangle, Socorro County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 67.
  16. Rawling, G., and McCraw, D. J., 2004a, Geologic map of the Tome NE 7.5-minute quadrangle, Valencia County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 91.
  17. Rawling, G., and McCraw, D. J., 2004b, Geologic map of the Tome 7.5-minute quadrangle, Valencia County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 90.

  18. Bauer, P. W., Kelson, K. I., Lyman, J., Heynekamp, M. R., and McCraw, D. J., 1999, Geologic map of the Ranchos de Taos 7.5-minute quadrangle, Taos County, New Mexico:  New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources, Open-file Geologic Map 33.
dog pic
Luka and Jake enjoy the Bisti Badlands