Retired Faculty
2009 - Present

John V. Walther 
Dedman College  2017

John V. Walther, professor of Earth Sciences and the Clifford W. Matthews Chair in Earth Sciences, joined the SMU faculty in 1994. He earned a B.A. from Oberlin College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California-Berkeley. Professor Walther's research focuses on experimental as well as theoretical aqueous geochemistry. In particular, he has considered fluid-mineral surface interactions, kinetics of mineral dissolution, and mineral solubility as a function of temperature, pressure and solution composition. In addition to more than 60 publications in refereed journals, he wrote two textbooks: Earth's Natural Resources (2014) and Essentials of Geochemistry (2005, 2009). Professor Walther also co-edited Fluid-Rock Interactions During Metamorphism (1986). He served as the director of SMU's Environmental Science/Studies programs from 2010-2016. Prior to SMU, he was the founding director of Northwestern University's Environmental Science major program, also serving as professor and chair of its Department of Geological Sciences as well as a J. Willard Gibbs instructor at Yale University. Professor Walther retires as Professor Emeritus of Earth Sciences.