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Mark Leo-Russell

 Mark Leo-Russell
Taking a break on the trail to get more pictures, Angels Landing, Zion National Park, Utah, USA.
Database Administrator
New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology
801 Leroy Place
Socorro NM 87801-4796
(575) 835-6333 fax

I recently rejoined the Bureau of Geology as the Database Administrator where I am doing a variety of database, data management, web development, and GIS projects. While attending NM Tech I was the Student Curator at the Bureau's Mineral Museum for 2+ years so taking this DBA position is a bit of a home coming for me.

I received a B.S. in Geology from NM Tech. After college I held a variety of programmer, systems administrator, analyst, GIS, web development, technical training, and management positions. I spent time working as a contractor for the US Dept of Defense at Kirtland AFB, and with the Indian Health Service In Albuquerque. Most recently, for 13 years I worked for the Albuquerque Public School District where I was a Systems Analyst, QA Manager, Director of Database Architecture, and Interim Director of Technology Client Services.

Throughout much of that time I attended the University of New Mexico where I took post-bachelors and graduate classes in Geology, Geography, Computer Engineering, Mathematics, and Organizational Learning (OLIT).

Although I have formally been away from Geology and Earth Science for many years, I've kept my hand in traveling extensively throughout the southwest US--hiking, exploring, studying, and photographing most of the National Parks and many other monuments and state parks. Several years ago I had the privilege of co-piloting a Cessna flight over the erupting Pu'u O’o Vent, part of the East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Education & Training


  • Bachelor of Science (BS) Geology. New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, Socorro, New Mexico.
  • Non-degree program: post-bachelors undergraduate and graduate courses in Organizational Leadership and Instructional Technologies (OLIT), Geography, Geology, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Mathematics. University of New Mexico (UNM), Albuquerque, New Mexico.


  • Spatial Data Science: The New Frontier in Analytics. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Apr 2020.
  • Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Nov 2019.
  • Going Places With Spatial Analysis. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Oct 2019.
  • Certified Adobe ColdFusion Specialist. Adobe CFSummit, Las Vegas NV, Sep 30 2019.
  • Using Angular and ColdFusion CFML Workshop. Adobe CFSummit, Las Vegas NV, Oct 2018.
  • Cartography. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Jun 2018.
  • The Location Advantage. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Jun 2018.
  • Earth Imagery at Work. ESRI GIS training MOOC course, Mar 2018.
  • MVC Framework with Framework/1 (FW/1) Workshop. Adobe CFSummit, Las Vegas NV, Nov 2017.
  • Web Applications Security Workshop. Adobe CFSummit, Las Vegas NV, Oct 2016.
  • ITIL Foundations. Rio Rancho Public Schools, Rio Rancho NM, Jun 2016.
  • Automating Administration With Windows PowerShell. Global Knowledge, Jul 2012.
  • Spatial Analysis and GIS. Pre-conference Seminar, ESRI User Conference, San Diego CA, Jun 2000.
  • Introduction to Fuzzy Logic and Applications in GIS. Pre-conference Seminar, ESRI User Conference, San Diego CA, Jun 2000.
  • Fast Track to ColdFusion. Allaire, Albuquerque NM, Mar 2000.
  • Certified Internet Webmaster Course: JavaScript Fundamentals. New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Albuquerque NM, Apr 1999.
  • Certified Technical Trainer - Microsoft Train the Trainer. Franklin College, Albuquerque NM, Jul 1998.

Technical Skills & Experience

  • Experience with numerous versions of MS Windows, Unix and Linux.
  • Database systems including MS SQL Server, Oracle, MariaDB/MySQL and Access. Extensive experience designing data models, writing queries, performing ETL processing, and data analysis using SQL, especially T-SQL and PL/SQL.
  • Versed in web technologies such as ColdFusion/CFML, HTML, CSS, JavaScript and jQuery as well as many Content Management, Instructional Management and Learning Management Systems (CMS/IMS/LMS).
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS) including ESRI ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, StoryMaps, ArcView, Arc/Info, ArcExplorer, ArcView Internet Map Server, and RouteMap Internet Map Server. Additional experience with QGIS, Trimble Navigation and Delorme GPS.
  • Extensive background in “soup-to-nuts” applications development, especially web-based applications including back-end database design and implementation, middle-ware code development, user interface design, usability and accessibility testing, and post deployment management and support.


New Mexico Geological Society


  • Deployment and support of Bureau's Photo Archive website using Resource Space open-source digital asset management system (PHP with MySQL back-end database).
  • Redesigning and reengineering various Access-based data collection systems used throughout the Bureau to web-based applications with SQL Server back-end databases.
  • Automating various data handling processes for numerous Bureau databases including NM Maps, NM Wells, GIS Data and Aquifers.