Jeffrey R. Walker

Professor of Earth Science
Jeffrey R. Walker wearing a green plaid shirt.

Jeff received his BS from Western Washington University, and an AM and PhD from Dartmouth College. His dissertation research was on crystal structures of clay minerals in low-grade metamorphic environments. From this base he has expanded his work to include studies in agricultural sustainability, the agricultural heritage of the mid-Hudson region, and sustainable community development. He maintains an active interest in low-temperature metamorphism, focusing most recently on studies of the stratigraphy and metamorphism of low-grade rocks of the Hudson Valley, NY

BS, Western Washington University; MA, PhD, Dartmouth College
At Vassar since 1988


Ely Hall
Box 288


ESCI 203 Earth History

Selected Publications

  • Burroughs, John, (1886) Signs and Seasons, edited and with critical commentary by Jeff Walker, Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2006.
  • Walker, J.R. (2008) “Our River: the Essay Artistry of John Burroughs,” Hudson River Valley Review special issue on John Burroughs, Stephen Mercier, ed., Poughkeepsie: Hudson River Institute.
  • Walker, J.R. (2008) “The Insolence of Social Power: Bovine Nonchalance, Gentle Persuasion or What?” in Writing the Land: John Burroughs and His Legacy, D. G. Payne, ed., Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge Scholars Press
  • Walker, J.R. (2008) “Burroughs, Whitman, and Darwin in the Summer of 1883 at Ocean Grove, NJ” in Walt Whitman and John Burroughs: Literary Comrades, Ronald D. Patkus, editor, Vassar College Libraries, 21-30.
  • Walker, J.R. (2007) “The roughest of shells without...the mother of pearl within”, American Transcendental Quarterly special issue on John Burroughs, S. Mercier, editor, September, 2007, 207-223.
  • Walker, J.R. (2007) "The Shaggy Barbaric Earth: Geological Writings of John Burroughs" in Coming into Contact: New Essays in Ecocritical Theory and Practice, edited by Annie Merrill Ingram, Ian Marshall, Daniel Philippon, and Adam Sweeting: Athens, GA, U Georgia Press, 2007, 251-259.
  • Walker, J.R. and Hoxsie, E. (2010) Soils, revision of the Dutchess County Natural Resources Inventory, A. M. Chatrchyan and N. Curri, eds.
  • Budnik, R.T., Walker, J.R, and Menking, K.M. (2010) Geology and Topography, revision of the Dutchess County Natural Resources Inventory, A. M. Chatrchyan and N. Curri, eds.
  • *Sandstrom, R. M. (Michael) and Walker, J.R. (2010) XRF Reconnaissance of the Taconic Melange, URSI Symposium (September).
  • *Jackson, T. and Walker, J.R. (2010) Lead Paint in Residential Soils, URSI Symposium (September)

Grants, Fellowships, Honors, Awards

Professors of Earth Science acquire grant for SEM microscope and EDS spectrometer
Professors of Earth Science Laura Haynes, Kirsten Menking, and Jeffrey Walker received a National Science Foundation Earth Sciences Instrumentation and Facilities (EAR/IF) grant to acquire a Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM) and Energy Dispersive X-Ray Spectrometer (EDS).

In the Media

Jeff Walker, Professor of Earth Science, was quoted in a Highlands Current story about Hudson Valley soil and its effect on agriculture.


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