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 in south-central Washington. My childhood was spent exploring the northwest with my family, leading to an early interest in geology. Despite my blue-collar background, my parents were supportive of growing interest in science. My father developed an interest in prospecting, and drug my brother and I all over the wilderness in search of gold and gems. Soon more geology was added to my life, when my mother married into a family of avid rockhounds. Their camping trips always devolved into a contest of who could find the biggest agate (I never won).
I graduated high school in 2008 (with six other students) and enrolled in a local community college. By 2010 I transferred to Central Washington University, where I was introduced to metamorphic petrology. 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. In 2013 I graduate with honors and pursued a M.Sc. at Boise State University.
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.