Associate Professor, Geosciences
Department of Earth and Environment
Franklin Marshall College
P.O. Box 3003
Lancaster, PA 17604-3003
Ph: 717-358-7198 office
Robert Walter (B.A., Franklin and Marshall College; Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University) 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.
Teaching: Physical Geology, Landscape Geochemistry, Geopolitics, Geology and Human Origins
Research Interests: Isotope geochronology, geochemistry, evolutionary timescales, climate change, landscape evolution, and human interactions with the environment.
Articles and Field Guides: Annual Conference of Pennsylvania Field Geologists Field Guide, Mount Holly Springs breached mill-pond, September 25, 2008. PDF
Other articles and field guides are listed in my vita.
Robert Walter sampling the pre-settlement wetland soil (just beneath the water surface) and historic millpond sediment along Great Seneca Creek upstream of Watkins Mill and milldam, in the Seneca Creek Stream Valley Park, MD.