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Suzanne Baldwin

Suzanne Baldwin

Suzanne Baldwin

Thonis Family Professor Emerita: Thermochronology & Tectonics


Earth and Environmental Sciences
333A Heroy Geology Laboratory
Office: 315.443.4920


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Courses Taught

  • Geohazards & Natural Disasters (EAR 106)
  • Practicum in Scientific Communication (EAR 400/600)
  • Mineralogy (EAR 314)
  • Petrology (EAR 418)
  • Thermochronology (EAR 444/644)
  • EAR 400/600 Microplate Dynamics, Microtectonics.
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.

Geologic History Written in Garnet Sand

(Jan. 14, 2021)

A&S researchers probe deep secrets of trapped inclusions in garnet sand from Papua New Guinea.

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

Current and Past Students
  • John Mark Brigham (Ph.D.)


Syracuse University Noble Gas Isotopic Research Laboratory

  • Micromass 5400 Noble Gas Mass Spectrometer


Baldwin, S.L., Schönig, J., Gonzalez, J.P., Davies, H., von Eynatten, H., Garnet sand reveals rock recycling processes in the youngest exhumed high- and ultrahigh-pressure terrane on Earth, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Jan 2021, 118 (3) e2017231118;

Nachlas, W., Baldwin, S., Thomas, J., & Ackerson, M. (2020). Investigation of N in Ammonium-bearing Silicates with Electron Probe Microanalysis (EPMA). Microscopy and Microanalysis, 26(S2), 42-43. doi:10.1017/S1431927620013203

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:

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.

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,

*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,

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.

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.