Jesse B. Walters
Metamorphic Petrology and Geochemistry
School of Earth and Climate Science
University of Maine
Advisor: Alicia Cruz-Uribe
School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center Orono, ME 04469-5790
I am originally from the small (pop. ~ 400) lumber town of Klickitat in south-central Washington. My childhood was spent outdoors with my father and younger brother, which contributed to an early interest in geology and other natural sciences. My father alternated long-haul truck driving and construction, while my mother is a hair dresser at a retirement home. My father developed an interest in gold-deposits and taught himself ore geology in order to keep up with my growing interest in geology (and feed his "I'll strike it rich someday" optimism). In 2000 my mother remarried, luckily my stepfather and his family happened to be avid rock hounds. Their camping trips always devolved into a contest of who could find the biggest agate (I never won).
After graduating high school in 2008 (with six other students), I enrolled in a local community college. By 2010 I somehow managed to acquire three different associated degrees and subsequently transferred to Central Washington University. It was there I was introduced to metamorphic petrology. My undergraduate honors research examined the pressure-temperature histories of ultra-high pressure metamorphic rocks from western China. After graduating with honors in 2013, I went to Boise State University where I received a M.Sc. in Geology. Currently, I am a Ph.D. student in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, where I focus on subduction zone metamorphism and geochemistry.