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Suzanne Baldwin

Suzanne Baldwin

Michael G. and Susan T. Thonis Professor
Earth Sciences

333A Heroy Geology Laboratory

Research and Teaching Interests

My research investigates how planets have evolved over geologic time. My current research interests are broad and include studies aimed at understanding lithospheric plate boundary processes, and noble gases in planetary materials. The analytical techniques I use reveal the conditions (e.g., depth, temperature) in which minerals and rocks form, and their age (time). I direct the Syracuse University Noble Gas Isotopic Research Laboratory (SUNGIRL) where noble gases are extracted from minerals to reveal their thermal histories. My research program has been funded by the US National Science Foundation, NASA, and the Department of Energy.


Geohazards & Natural Disasters (EAR 106) 

Practicum in Scientific Communication (EAR 400/600)

Mineralogy (EAR 314)

Petrology (EAR 418)

Thermochronology (EAR 444/644)

Various research seminars on thermochronology and its applications to tectonics.

For example: EAR 400/600 Microplate Dynamics, Microtectonics.


  • Gonzalez Joseph (PhD)
  • John Mark Brigham (MS)


Syracuse University Noble Gas Isotopic Research Laboratory

  • Micromass 5400 Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer

Selected Publications

Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald P.G., and Malusà M.G., 2018, Crustal exhumation of plutonic and metamorphic rocks: constraints from fission-track thermochronology in Fitzgerald P.G. (eds), Fission-track thermochronology and its application to geology. Springer Nature (in press).

Liao, J., Malusà, M.G., Liang, Z., Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald P.G., and Gerya, T., 2018, Divergent plate motion drives rapid exhumation of (ultra)high pressure rocks, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 491, 67-80.

J. P. Das, S. L. Baldwin and J. W. Delano  40Ar/39Ar and cosmic ray exposure ages of plagioclase-rich lithic fragments from Apollo 17 regolith, 78461, Earth, Planets and Space (2016) 68:11 DOI 10.1186/s40623-016-0381-9

Baldwin S. L. and Das J. P. (2015) Atmospheric Ne and Ar returned from mantle depths to the Earth's surface by forearc recycling Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Early edition (Nov 5, 2015)

Malusà, M.G., Faccenna, C., Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald, P.G., Rossetti, F., Balestrieri. M.L., Danišík, M., Ellero. A., Ottria G., Piromallo, C., 2015, Contrasting styles of (U) HP rock exhumation along the Cenozoic Adria‐Europe plate boundary (Western Alps, Calabria, Corsica), Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., in press.

Baldwin, S.L., 2015, Highlights and Breakthroughs. Zircon dissolution and growth during metamorphism, American Mineralogist,100 (5-6)1019-1020.

* Gombosi, D.J., Baldwin, S.L., Watson, E.B., Swindle, T.D., Delano, J.W., Roberge, W.G., 2015, Argon diffusion in Apollo 16 impact glass spherules: Implications for 40 Ar/39 Ar dating of lunar impact events Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 148, 251-268.

*Zirakparvar, A., Baldwin S.L., and Schmitt, A.K., 2014, Zircon growth in (U) HP quartzo‐feldspathic host gneisses exhumed in the Woodlark Rift of Papua New Guinea, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 15, 1258–1282.

Webb, L.E., Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald, P.G., 2014, The Early‐Middle Miocene subduction complex of the Louisiade Archipelago, southern margin of the Woodlark Rift, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst.,15(10),4024-4046. 

Bröcker, M., Baldwin, S. & *Arkudas, R. (2013). The geological significance of 40Ar/39Ar and Rb–Sr white mica ages from Syros and Sifnos, Greece: a record of continuous (re) crystallization during exhumation? Journal of Metamorphic Geology,31(6), 629-646.

*Gombosi, D.J., Garver, J., Baldwin, S.L., 2013, On the development of electron microprobe zircon fission-track geochronology, Chemical Geology, 363, 312-321.

*Zirakparvar, N.A., Baldwin, S.L., Vervoort, J.D., 2013, The origin and geochemical evolution of the Woodlark Rift of Papua New Guinea, Gondwana Research, 23, 931-943.

Baldwin, S.L., Fitzgerald, P.G., and Webb, L.E., 2012, Tectonics of the New Guinea region, Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci. 40:495-520. 10.1146/annurev-earth-040809-152540.