Walton (Walt) Wright is a Botanist/Ecologist/Paleontologist /Geologist and Paleobotanist. Mr. Wright claims his mother, who had a PHD in science & math, gave him his first piece of petrified wood at the age of 10. This opened a new fascinating world into the study of petrified wood.
Walt has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and the University of California. He has been a consultant for various government agencies. Mr. Wright has done extensive writing in the field of petrified woods. He wrote a chapter on the Triassic Chinle Formation on fossil woods in 2002, the “Secrets of Petrified Plants” in both English and German. When asked about his degrees, he sort of chuckled and said he had some, but that they were not that important, so we would just assume that he has quite a few.
His recent study is Fossil Tree Ferns out of Argentina first discovered and reported in the Southern hemisphere which was published in Review of Paleo-Botany & Paleontology Journal. He is presently working in Utah describing new species of seed ferns from Queensland, Australia.
Walt is a busy speaker and is booked for several months in advance. He is a resident of Brea, California and we are very happy to have Mr. Wright as a NOC member.
We thank him for his sharing of his display on Petrified Wood at North Orange County Gem & Mineral Society, 2004 Jubilee of Gems Show, La Habra, California.