Julie Baldwin

Julie Baldwin

Associate Professor/ Associate Dean

Office: CHCB 307; LA 136A
Fax: (406) 243-4028
Office Hours:

Fall 2018: Monday and Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm, or by appointment, CHCB 307

Curriculum Vitae

Current Position

Associate Professor/Associate Dean


GEO 101: Introduction to Physical Geology

GEO 225: Earth Materials

GEO 305: Igneous and Metamorphic Petrology


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

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

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

Stevens, L.M., Bendick, R., and Baldwin, J.A., 2017, Synconvergent exhumation of metamorphic core complexes in the northern North American Cordillera, Geology, 45, p. 495-498.

Dumond, G., Williams, M.L., Baldwin, J.A., and Jercinovic, M.J., 2017, Backarc origin for Neoarchean ultrahigh-temperature metamorphism, eclogitization, and orogenic root growth, Geology, 45, p. 943-946.

Baldwin, J.A., Lewis, R.L., Vervoort, J.D., and McDonie, C.D., 2016, Metamorphic history of the Belt Supergroup and underlying Paleoproterozoic basement rocks in the western part of the Clearwater complex, Idaho, in Lewis, R.L., and Schmidt, K.L.., eds.Exploring the Geology of the Inland Northwest: Geological Society of America Field Guide 41, p. 251-264, doi: 10.1130/2016.0041(08).

Stevens, L.M., Baldwin, J.A., Crowley, J.L., Fisher, C.M., Vervoort, J.D., 2016, Magmatism as a response to exhumation of the Priest River complex, northern Idaho: constraints from zircon U-Pb geochronology and Hf isotopes, Lithos, 262, 285-297.

Baldwin, J.A., Powell, R., White, R.W., and Stipska, P., 2015, Using calculated chemical potential relationships to account for replacement of kyanite by symplectite in high-P granulites, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 33, 311-330.

Stevens, L.M., Baldwin, J.A., Cottle, J.M., Kylander-Clark, A.R.C., 2015, Phase equilibria modeling and LASS monazite petrochronology: P-T-t constraints on the evolution of the Priest River complex, northern Idaho, Journal of Metamorphic Geology, 33, 385-411. 

Covitt, B., Friend, D., Windell, C., and Baldwin, J., 2015, A Scientific Modeling Sequence for Teaching Earth Seasons, Journal of Geoscience Education, 63, 7-17. 


Geological Society of America

Mineralogical Society of America