Paul A. Baker

Paul A. Baker

Professor of Earth and Ocean Sciences

Primary Appointment

Earth & Ocean Sciences Division

For the past several years, I have been pursuing the goal of understanding climate change on time-scales from decades to millions of years. I am particularly interested in what forces natural climate variability, how past climates have influenced the ecology and diversity of organisms in the tropics, as well as how climate change and other human activities will affect the eventual fate of these organisms.

In The News


Marsh, EJ, Bruno, MC, Fritz, SC, Baker, P, Capriles, JM, and Hastorf, CA. "IntCal, SHCal, or a Mixed Curve? Choosing a 14C Calibration Curve for Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Records from Tropical South America." Radiocarbon 60, no. 03 (June 2018): 925-940.

Gonzales, LA, Kay, RF, Salenbien, W, Angel Valdivia, L, Bejar, G, Chornogubsky, L, Martinez, J-N, Rigsby, CA, and Baker, PA. "New Early Miocene primate bearing faunal assemblage from the Alto Madre de Dios, Peru." 87th Annual Meeting of the American-Association-of-Physical-Anthropologists (AAPA). Austin, TX. April 11, 2018 - April 14, 2018.: WILEY, April 1, 2018.

Terborgh, JW, Davenport, LC, Belcon, AU, Katul, G, Swenson, JJ, Fritz, SC, and Baker, PA. "Twenty-three-year timeline of ecological stable states and regime shifts in upper Amazon oxbow lakes." Hydrobiologia 807, no. 1 (February 2018): 99-111.

Spanbauer, TL, Fritz, SC, and Baker, PA. "Punctuated changes in the morphology of an endemic diatom from Lake Titicaca." Paleobiology 44, no. 01 (February 2018): 89-100.

Weide, DM, Fritz, SC, Hastorf, CA, Bruno, MC, Baker, PA, Guedron, S, and Salenbien, W. "A ~6000 yr diatom record of mid- to late Holocene fluctuations in the level of Lago Wiñaymarca, Lake Titicaca (Peru/Bolivia)." Quaternary Research 88, no. 02 (September 2017): 179-192.

Recent Grants


ENVIRON 570: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences (ENVIRON 570: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences)
ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects (ENVIRON 593: Independent Studies and Projects)
EOS 509S: Paleoclimate (EOS 509S: Paleoclimate)
EOS 571: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences (EOS 571: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences)
CEE 551: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences (CEE 551: Isotopes in Earth and Environmental Sciences)

Contact Information

Box 90230
Durham, NC 27708-0230
301 Old Chemistry
Durham, NC 27708


Ph.D., University of California at San Diego (1981)
M.S., Pennsylvania State University (1975)
B.A., University of Rochester (1973)