Jesse B. Walters
Metamorphic Petrology and Geochemistry
School of Earth and Climate Science
University of Maine
School of Earth and Climate Sciences
5790 Bryand Global Sciences Center Orono, ME 04469-5790
I hail from the small (pop. ~ 400) lumber town in south-central Washington. My childhood was spent exploring the northwest with my family, leading to an early interest in geology. To foster my growing interest, my father drug my brother and I all over the wilderness in search of gold and gems. My step-father and his family are also avid rockhounds . Their camping trips always devolved into a contest of who could find the biggest agate. Unsurprisingly, I only started to win after I learned that I needed glasses.
I graduated high school in 2008 (with six other students). Following community college, I transferred to Central Washington University. I quickly developed an interest in petrology and geochemistry, and dove into research as quickly as I could. My undergraduate honors research examined the pressure-temperature histories of ultra-high pressure metamorphic rocks from western China and solidified my interest in the relationships between petrology, geochemistry, and tectonics. I graduated in 2013 with honors and then pursued a M.Sc. at Boise State University.
Currently, I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Earth and Climate Sciences at the University of Maine, where I focus on subduction zone metamorphism and geochemistry.