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


Guédron, S., J. Tolu, E. Brisset, P. Sabatier, V. Perrot, S. Bouchet, A. L. Develle, et al. “Late Holocene volcanic and anthropogenic mercury deposition in the western Central Andes (Lake Chungará, Chile)..” The Science of the Total Environment 662 (April 2019): 903–14.
Nunnery, J. A., S. C. Fritz, P. A. Baker, and W. Salenbien. “Lake-level variability in Salar de Coipasa, Bolivia during the past ∼40,000 yr.” In Quaternary Research (United States), 91:829–47, 2019.
Marsh, E. J., M. C. Bruno, S. C. Fritz, P. Baker, J. M. Capriles, and C. A. Hastorf. “IntCal, SHCal, or a Mixed Curve? Choosing a 14 C Calibration Curve for Archaeological and Paleoenvironmental Records from Tropical South America.” Radiocarbon 60, no. 3 (June 1, 2018): 925–40.
Gonzales, Lauren A., Richard F. Kay, Wout Salenbien, Luis Angel Valdivia, Gustavo Bejar, Laura Chornogubsky, Jean-Noel Martinez, Catherine A. Rigsby, and Paul A. Baker. “New Early Miocene primate bearing faunal assemblage from the Alto Madre de Dios, Peru.” In American Journal of Physical Anthropology, 165:101–2. WILEY, 2018.
Terborgh, J. W., L. C. Davenport, A. U. Belcon, G. Katul, J. J. Swenson, S. C. Fritz, and P. A. Baker. “Twenty-three-year timeline of ecological stable states and regime shifts in upper Amazon oxbow lakes.” Hydrobiologia 807, no. 1 (February 1, 2018): 99–111.

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 90328
Durham, NC 27708
9 Circuit Drive, 5116 Grainger Hall
Durham, NC 27708


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