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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Suzanne Baldwin

Baldwin portrait

Michael G. and Susan T. Thonis Professor, Thermochronology & Tectonics

Earth and Environmental Sciences

333A Heroy Geology Laboratory

315.443.4920

sbaldwin@syr.edu


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.

News Articles

Earth Scientists Awarded Fellowship to Teach, Study in New Zealand

(Jan. 20, 2016)

Suzanne Baldwin, Paul Fitzgerald to lecture, facilitate new study abroad program at University of Canterbury

Minerals from Papua New Guinea Hold Secret for Recycling of Noble Gases Between Deep Earth and Atmosphere

(Nov. 12, 2015)

Scientists find atmospheric gases trapped in minerals that are crystallized in Earth's mantle

Syracuse Geologists Rack up Honors, Awards

(April 28, 2015)

Professors Ivany, Baldwin, Samson recognized for leadership, service

Courses

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.

Students

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

Facilities

Syracuse University Noble Gas Isotopic Research Laboratory

  • Micromass 5400 Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer

http://su-thermochronology.syr.edu/

Selected Publications

Joseph P. Gonzalez, Suzanne L. Baldwin, Jay B. Thomas, William O. Nachlas, Paul G. Fitzgerald, (2020) Evidence for ultrahigh-pressure metamorphism discovered in the Appalachian orogen. Geology doi: https://doi.org/10.1130/G47507.1

Faryad, S.W., Baldwin, S.L., Jedlicka, R., Ježek, J., 2019, Two-stage garnet growth in coesite eclogite from the southeastern Papua New Guinea (U)HP terrane and its geodynamic significance, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology , 174: 73. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00410-019-1612-4.

Gonzalez, J., Thomas, J.B., Baldwin, S.L., Alvaro, M. 2019, Quartz‐in‐Garnet and Ti‐in‐Quartz (QuiG‐TiQ) thermobarometry: methodology and first application to a quartzofeldspathic gneiss from eastern Papua New Guinea, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12508

Baldwin S.L., Fitzgerald P.G., Malusà M.G. (2019) Crustal Exhumation of Plutonic and Metamorphic Rocks: Constraints from Fission-Track Thermochronology. In: Malusà M., Fitzgerald P. (eds) Fission-Track Thermochronology and its Application to Geology. Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment. Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89421-8_13.

*Osborne, Z.R., Thomas, J.B., Nachlas, W.O., Baldwin, S.L., Holycross, M.E., Spear, F.S., and Watson E.B., 2019, An experimentally calibrated thermobarometric solubility model for titanium in coesite (TitaniC), Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology,174:34, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00410-019-1575-5.

Gonzalez, JP, Baldwin, SL. Modelling white mica pressure‐temperature‐time (P‐T‐t) paths using thermobarometric and 40Ar/39Ar thermochronologic data. Terra Nova. 2019; 31: 169– 178. https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12381

Liao, J., M.G. Malusa, L. Zhao, S.L. Baldwin, P.G. Fitzgerald and T. Gerya, 2018. Divergent plate motion drives rapid exhumation of (ultra)high pressure rocks. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 491, 67-80. doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.024.

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

Harrison, M., S. Baldwin, M. Caffee, G. Gehrels, B. Schoene, D. Shuster, and B. Singer (2015), Geochronology: It’s about time, Eos, 96,doi:10.1029/2015EO041901. Published on 28 December 2015.

Gonzalez, J., Thomas, J.B., Baldwin, S.L., Alvaro, M. 2019, Quartz‐in‐Garnet and Ti‐in‐Quartz (QuiG‐TiQ) thermobarometry: methodology and first application to a quartzofeldspathic gneiss from eastern Papua New Guinea, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, DOI: 10.1111/jmg.12508

Baldwin S.L., Fitzgerald P.G., Malusà M.G. (2019) Crustal Exhumation of Plutonic and Metamorphic Rocks: Constraints from Fission-Track Thermochronology. In: Malusà M., Fitzgerald P. (eds) Fission-Track Thermochronology and its Application to Geology. Springer Textbooks in Earth Sciences, Geography and Environment. Springer, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-89421-8_13.

Faryad, S.W., Baldwin, S.L., Jedlicka, R., Ježek, J., 2019, Two-stage garnet growth in coesite eclogite from the southeastern Papua New Guinea (U)HP terrane and its geodynamic significance, Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology , 174: 73. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00410-019-1612-4.

Gonzalez, J., and Baldwin, S. L., 2019, Modeling white mica pressure-temperature-time (P-T-t) paths using 40Ar/39Ar thermochronologic and thermobarometric data, Terra Nova.; 00:1–10. https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12381.

Osborne, Z.R., Thomas, J.B., Nachlas, W.O., Baldwin, S.L., Holycross, M.E., Spear, F.S., and Watson E.B., 2019, An experimentally calibrated thermobarometric solubility model for titanium in coesite (TitaniC), Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology,174:34, https://doi.org/10.1007/s00410-019-1575-5.

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. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2018.03.024.

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.