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Julia Baldwin

Baldwin, Julia

Phone: (406) 243-5778

Office: CHCB 329


Associate Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Ph.D. Geology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 2003

B.S. Geology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1996

Courses Taught

Spring 2012

Geo 226, Rocks, Minerals, and Resources

Geo 491, Optical Mineralogy

Fall 2012

Geo 305, Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology

Research Interests

My research focuses on the integration of textural, chemical, and in situ petrological and geochronological data sets to reconstruct physical conditions, timescales, and tempo of metamorphic processes. My projects are largely field-based, although I have a strong interest in utilizing modern computational tools (including Thermocalc, Perplex, and Theriak-Domino) to reconstruct the burial and exhumation histories of mountain belts. My research projects have ranged in timescale from the Archean, examining the old roots of mountain belts, to the modern U.S. Cordillera, looking at more recent mountain-building processes. Current field areas are in the northern panhandle of Idaho (Priest River and Clearwater complexes), the Bitterroot Range south of Missoula, and in the Precambrian Laramide uplifts of southwest Montana. I also have been the lead instructor and co-PI for a K-8 teacher professional development program in the physical sciences as part of the Big Sky Science Partnership (BSSP), an NSF-funded Math & Science Partnership program.

Field of Study

Metamorphic Petrology, Geochronology, Tectonics

Selected Publications

Stipska, P., Powell, R., White, R.W., and Baldwin, J.A., 2010, Using calculated chemical potential relationships to account for coronas around kyanite: an example from the Bohemian Massif, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 28, 97-116.

Bendick, R., and Baldwin J.A., 2009, Dynamic models for metamorphic core complex formation and scaling: the role of unchannelized collapse of thickened continental crust, Tectonophysics, 477, 93-101.

Baldwin, J.A., and Brown, M., 2008, Age and duration of ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism in the Anapolis-Itaucu Complex, Southern Brasilia Belt, central Brazil -- constraints from U-Pb geochronology, mineral rare-earth element chemistry and trace element thermometry, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 26, 213-233.

White, R.W., Powell, R., and Baldwin, J.A., 2008, Calculated phase equilibria involving chemical potentials to investigate the textural evolution of metamorphic rocks, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 26, 181-198.

Baldwin, J.A., Powell, R., Williams, M.L., and Goncalves, P., 2007, Formation of eclogite and reaction during exhumation to mid-crustal levels, Snowbird tectonic zone, western Canadian Shield, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 25, 953-974.


Geological Society of America

Mineralogical Society of America

American Geophysical Union

National Association of Geoscience Teachers