Don Baker

Professor


Department of Earth & Planetary Sciences
3450 University St.
Montreal, Quebec
Canada H3A 0E8

Email: don.baker [at] mcgill.ca

Tel: 514.398.7485

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Courses (past and present)

EPSC 210 Introductory Mineralogy 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 220 Principles of Geochemistry 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 547 Modeling Geochemical Processes 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

EPSC 548 Processes of Igneous Petrology 3 Credits
    Offered in the:
  • Fall
  • Winter
  • Summer

Subjects of special interest in my teaching include cosmochemistry, high-termperature geochemistry, introductory geochemistry, magmatic processes of igneous rocks and geochemical modelling.

Research

Investigates igneous processes through experimental geochemistry in laboratory. Goal is to understand the structure, thermodynamics, and transport properties (diffusion and viscosity) of silicate melts and to apply this knowledge in the investigation of igneous petrogenesis. Together with his students, Dr. Baker is studying the thermodynamics of silicate melts at pressures to 2.0 GPa, the partitioning of trace elements between amphibole and melt, the structure of halogen-bearing silicate melts, the effects of melt composition on zirconosilicate crystallization, the effects of volatiles on granitic melt viscosities, the controls and effects of magnetite crystallization in basaltic compositions, and gold solubility in melts and its partitioning between silicate melts and sulfides. Future projects include studies of diffusion in silicate melts at high pressure, in situ spectroscopic studies of melts at high temperatures and pressures, and determination of partitioning water between silicate melts and nominally anhydrous crystals.

Recent Publications

Baker, D.R., Sirbescu, M.-L., Maneta, V., Webber, K.L, and Simmons, W.B. , (2018). Quantitative analysis of natural and experimental graphic textures. The Canadian Mineralogist, 56, 625-643, doi:10.3749/canmin.1700084.

Kudrna Prašek, M., Pistone, M., Baker, D.R., Sodini, N., Marinoni, N., Lanzafame, G. and Mancini, L., (2018). A compact and flexible induction furnace for in-situ X-ray microradiograhy and computed microtomography at Elettra: design, characterisation and first tests. Journal of Synchrotron Radiation, 25, doi:10.1107/S1600577518005970.

Pleše, P., Higgins, M.D., Mancini L., Lanzafame, G., Brun, F., Fife, J.L., Casselman, J., and Baker D.R., (2018). Dynamic observations of vesiculation reveal the role of silicate crystals in bubble nucleation and growth in andesitic magmas. Lithos, 296-299, 532-546.

Webster, J.D., Aiuppa, A., and Baker, D.R., (2018). Halogens in Mafic and Intermediate-Silica Content Magmas. In: The Role of Halogens in Terrestrial and Extraterrestrial Geochemical Processes, D. Harlov, L. Aranovich (eds.), Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-61667-4.

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