A Brief Biography of John Winter

I was born in Winnetka, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I did my undergraduate work in geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana, a great school in a dreadfully flat part of the country, where the good geology was either hundreds of miles away, or a fraction of a mile straight down. I did my M.S. and Ph.D. at the University of Washington in Seattle. Here finally was a place with good geology that you could acutally see! After a couple of years in New England, I interviewed for this lovely job at Whitman College in Walla Walla, WA, in the heart of the rolling Palouse hills, wheat farms, and lots and lots of basalt. To my surprise, they hired me.
I arrive in Walla Walla, September, 1981
They then compounded their error by promoting me to professor. My principal fields of interest are in metamorphic petrology, mineralogy and crystallography, and geochemistry. I spent several summers in Greenland, plus one in Labrador and one in Norway where I studied processes that take place during the formation and subsequent development of the ancient deep continental crust. I am also working on contact metamorphism in the Wallowa Mountains of NE Oregon. I have also worked briefly as an exploration geologist in New Guinea.

I teach Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Introductory Geology, Environmental Geology, and Geochemistry. Outside the classroom, my's interests include travel, mountaineering, hiking, mountain biking, and telemark skiing. I live in the Blue Mountains outside Walla Walla with my wife, Deborah. Incidentally, I changed my middle initial from K to D when I married and took Deborah's maiden name for my middle name. Hence the change on some publications. We own a dog (Sophie) and a cat (Morbin).


Selected Publications:

An Introduction to Igneous and Metmorphic Petrology. Winter, J. D. (2001) Prentice Hall. 697 p.

The Proterozoic Nagssugtoqidian mobile belt of southeast Greenland: A link between the eastern Canadian and Baltic Shields, (1991). Bridgwater, D., Austrheim, H., Mengel, F., Pedersen, S., and Winter, J. Geoscience Canada, 17, 305-310.

Research on the Archean rocks of Northern Labrador, Progress Report, 1989. Bridgwater, D., Mengel, F., Schiotte, L., and Winter, J. in Current Research (1990) Newfoundland Department of Mines and Energy, Geological Survey Branch, Report 90-1, p 227-236.

Deformation and mass-transport in the Nordre-Stromfjord shear zone, central West Greenland. Sorensen, K. and Winter, J.D. in Fluid Movements, Element Transport, and the Composition of the Deep Crust. D. Bridgwater. ed., ASI, 1988

The thermal expansion and high temperature crystal chemistry of the Al2SiO5 polymorphs. Winter and Ghose. Am. Mineral. 64, 573-586, 1979

A high temperature structural study of high albite, monalbite and the analbite-monalbite phase transition. Winter, Okamura, and Ghose. Am. Mineral. 64, 409-423. 1979.

A high temperature study of the thermal expansion and the anisotropy of the sodium atom in low albite. Winter, Okamura, and Ghose, Am. Mineral. 62, 921-931. 1977.

Skarn formation associated with the Wallowa Batholith, NE Oregon. Winter, J. GSA Annual Meeting. San Diego. 1991, Abstr.