Anthony Walton

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Geology
Associate Professor
Primary office:
Lindley Hall
Room 318
University of Kansas
1475 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045-7613


Joined KU Geology faculty in 1975 after a brief period at Vanderbilt University and graduate education at The University of Texas at Austin. Raised in New Jersey; attended college at Lafayette College, graduating in 1965.


Ph.D., Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

M.A., Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

B.A., Lafayette College


Current courses include those in petroleum geology, including a geology course that is combined with the Petroleum Engineering Design class and the KU IBA course. Also teach KU's introductory Field Experience course and lead various field trips.

All of the current courses are largely based upon hands-on projects using computer programs to analyze real data or develop observations in the field.

Have also taught Introduction to Geology, Historical Geology, Mineralogy,Optical Mineralogy, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology, Terrigenous Depositional Systems, Sandstone Petrology and Volcanology.

Teaching Interests

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Volcanology
  • Sedimentology


Current research topics include oil and gas reservoirs in Kansas and alteration of basalt by inorganic and microbial means.

Research Interests

  • Petroleum Geology
  • Sedimentology with ernphasis on terrigenous clastic and volcaniclastic rocks
  • Volcanology


Main service activity currently is being the scheduling officer for the Department. I also serve on KU's AP&P committee. Will step off the DOSECC Board of Directors after 26 years in June.

Selected Publications

Walton, A. W. (2015). Pennsylvanian stratigraphy of Douglas County, Kansas: Glacioeustatically modulated cyclic deposition on a remarkably smooth shelf. (1st ed., Vol. 87, pp. article 2). In The Compass, Sigma Gamma Epsilon.

Selected Presentations

Walton, A. & Walker, J. . (12/16/2015). Alteration of Basalt and Hyaloclastite in the Project Hotspot MHC-2 Core with Some Comparison to Hyaloclastites of the Hawaii Scientific Drilling Program #2 (HSDP) Core. American Geophysical Union Fall 2016 Meeting . San Francisco, California. Available Here

Walker, J. Perry, S. & Walton, A. . (07/09/2015). Preliminary textural studies of the smectite to corrensite transition in the MH 2-B borehole, Snake River Plain, Idaho. Euroclay 2015. Edinburgh, Scotland. Available Here

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