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Suzanne Baldwin

Michael G. and Susan T. Thonis Professor of Earth Sciences

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 is funded by the US National Science Foundation and NASA.


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.


  • Gombosi, David (PhD)


Syracuse University Noble Gas Isotopic Research Laboratory

  • Micromass 5400 Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer
  • Helium extraction line for (U-Th)/He Thermochronology

Selected Publications

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. 

Miller S.R., Baldwin S.L., Fitzgerald, PG. 2012. Transient fluvial incision and active surface uplift in the Woodlark Rift of eastern Papua New Guinea. Lithosphere, doi:10.1130/L135.1.

Zirakparvar, N.A., Baldwin, S.L., Vervoort, J.D., 2012, The origin and geochemical evolution of the Woodlark Rift of Papua New Guinea, Gondwana Research, in press. Click here for pdf.

Kula, J., Baldwin, S.L., 2011, Jarosite, argon diffusion, and dating aqueous mineralization on Earth and Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters 310, 314–318.

Baldwin, S.L., Webb, L.E., and Monteleone, B.D., 2008. Late Miocene coesite-eclogite exhumed in the Woodlark Rift, v. 36; no. 9; p. 735–738; doi: 10.1130/G25144A.1.

Webb, L.E., Baldwin, S.L., Little, T. A., Fitzgerald, P.G., 2008. Can microplate rotation drive subduction inversion? Geology, v. 36(10), p. 823–826.

Baldwin, S.L., Rawling, T., and Fitzgerald, P.G., 2007, Thermochronology of the New Caledonia high pressure terrane: implications of mid-Tertiary plate boundary in processes in the southwest Pacific, in Cloos, M., Carlson, W. D., Gilbert, M. C., Liou, J. G. Rumble, D. and Sorensen, S. S., eds., Convergent Margin Terranes and Associated Regions: A tribute to W.G. Ernst: Geological of America Special Paper 419, p. 117-134, doi: 10.1130/2006.2419(06).

Baldwin, S.L., *Monteleone, B., Webb, L.E., Fitzgerald, P.G., Grove, M., and Hill, E.J., 2004, Pliocene eclogite exhumation at plate tectonic rates in eastern Papua New Guinea, Nature, v.431, 263-267.