Franklin & Marshall College Franklin & Marshall College

Robert C. Walter

Associate Professor of Geosciences
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Professional Biography

Robert Walter is a geologist, geochemist and geochronologist. He has conducted field research in East Africa, North America, New Zealand and Asia, and is a leading expert on timescale calibrations and the geological context of human antiquity. He was elected a Fellow of the California Academy of Science in 1995. In 2002-2003 he was awarded a Diplomacy Fellowship by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, through which he was a science analyst for the U.S. Department of State on complex humanitarian emergencies in Africa, the Near East and Afghanistan. In 2004-2005 he was awarded Presidential Fellowship and Visiting Professorship at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. In 2005 he returned to his alma mater, Franklin and Marshall College, as an associate professor in the Department of Earth and Environment, where his research interests include isotope geochronology, geochemistry, evolutionary timescales, climate change, landscape evolution, and human interactions with the environment. He is the author of over 60 scientific articles and has co-written and co-produced five documentary films.

Curriculum Vitae

Education

B.A., Franklin and Marshall College
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University

Research Interests

Isotope geochronology, geochemistry, evolutionary timescales, climate change, landscape evolution, and human interactions with the environment.

Course Information

Physical Geology, Landscape Geochemistry, Geopolitics, Geology and Human Origins