Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Natural and Health Sciences
Dr. Baird teaches courses in minerology, structural geology and tectonics and ore geology.
Dr. Baird's research interests are broad but focus on the structural geology of high-grade metamorphic terranes and the tectonics that led to their deformation and metamorphism. Field work is an important part of his research and he augments it with detailed structural analysis, strain modeling (Baird and Hudleston, 2007), metamorphic petrology, geochemistry, and geochronology (Chiarenzelli et al., 2010). Recent projects have reconstructed the deformation history of the northwest Adirondack Lowlands near the St. Lawrence River in northwestern New York (Baird and Shrady, 2011). Other research projects are ongoing in the Tarfala Valley of northern Sweden (Baird et al., 2014a, b), in the Colorado Front Range (Mahan et al., 2013; Johnson et al., 2014), and in the Carthage-Colton Mylonite Zone near Harrisville, New York (Baird and MacDonald, 2004; Baird, 2012).
Baird, G. B., Figg*, S. A., and Chamberlain, K. R., 2014a. Intrusive age and geochemistry of the Kebne Dyke Complex in the Seve Nappe Complex, Kebnekaise Massif, Arctic Sweden Caledonides. GFF, 136 (1): 556-570. [link]
Mahan, K. H., Allaz, J. M., Baird, G. B., and Kelly, N. M., 2013. Proterozoic metamorphism and deformation in the northern Colorado Front Range, in Abbott, L. D., and Hancock, G. S., eds., Classic Concepts and New Directions: Exploring 125 Years of GSA Discoveries in the Rocky Mountain Region: Geological Society of America Field Guide, 33: 1-20. [link]
Baird, G. B., and Shrady, C. H., 2011. Timing and kinematics of deformation in the northwest Adirondack Lowlands, New York State: Implications for terrane relationships in the southern Grenville Province. Geosphere, 7 (6): 1303-1323. [link]
Baird, G. B., Selleck, B. W., and Shrady, C. H., 2011. Introduction: New developments in Grenville geology: In honor of James McLelland, Geosphere, 7 (1): 1. [link]
Chiarenzelli, J., Regan, S., Peck, W. H., Selleck B. W., Cousens, B., Baird, G. B., and Shrady, C. H., 2010. Shawinigan Magmatism in the Adirondack Lowlands as a Consequence of Closure of the Trans-Adirondack Back-Arc Basin. Geosphere, 6 (6): 1-17. [link]