Graham Baird

Graham Baird

Associate Professor of Geology



Contact Information

Courses Taught

  • GEOL 100 General Geology
  • GEOL 201 Physical Geology
  • GEOL 320 Mineralogy
  • GEOL 421/521 Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology
  • GEOL 470/570 Structural Geology
  • GEOL 481/581 Geologic Field Techniques
  • GEOL 415/515 Ore Geology
  • GEOL 485/585 Tectonics
  • GEOL 422/622 Directed Study (various topics)
  • SCI 291 Scientific Writing
  • ESCI 599 Seminar in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences

Research and Professional Activities

Structural Geology and Tectonics

My 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 my research and I augment 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).

Selected Publications

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]

Baird, G. B., and Hudleston, P. J., 2007. Modeling the influence of tectonic extrusion and volume loss on the geometry, displacement, vorticity, and strain compatibility of ductile shear zones. Journal of Structural Geology, 29 (10): 1665-1678. [link]

Baird, G. B., and MacDonald, W. D., 2004. Deformation of the Diana Syenite and Carthage-Colton Mylonite Zone: implications for timing of the Adirondack Lowlands deformation. in Tollo, R. P., Corriveau, L., McLelland, J., and Bartholomew, M. J., eds., Proterozoic Tectonic Evolution of the Grenville Orogen in North America: Geological Society of America Memoir, 197: 285-297. [link]

Selected Recent Presentations

Baird, G. B., Korhonen, F. J., and Chamberlain, K. R., 2014b. Seve Nappe Complex metamorphism and U-Pb sphene geochronology in the Tarfala Valley of the Kebnekaise Massif, northern Swedish Caledonides. Geol. Soc. Am., Abst. with Prog., 46 (6): 140. [link]

Johnson*, J. E., Flowers, R. M., Mahan, K. H., Baird, G. B., and Metcalf, J. R., 2014. Repeated intracontinental tectonism in the Colorado Front Range: Filling critical gaps in thermal histories with titanite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology. Geol. Soc. Am., Abst. with Prog., 46 (6): 788. [link]

* denotes student author.

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