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Sophie Baker
Assistant Research Scientist, Geomorphology

Professional Interests

Ms. Baker’s research interests lie in Quaternary geology and geomorphology, with a focus on arid and semi-arid environments. Her master’s thesis research comprised field and office-based geomorphic analysis of a section of the Andean foreland in Argentina. This project involved the use of field mapping and surveying, cosmogenic nuclide (10Be) dating, and tephra correlation to determine the stratigraphy, paleo-long profiles, and chronological framework of a suite of piedmont river terraces formed by one of the major rivers draining the southern central Andes. Currently, her work focuses on luminescence dating of geologic materials for landscape evolution and surface process research questions. She is also interested in graphic design and illustration for science purposes and offers these services acrossDRI.

Research Areas

  • Quaternary geology
  • Luminescence dating of geologic materials
  • Landscape evolution
  • Fluvial and tectonic geomorphology
  • Desert soils and soil-landform relations
  • X-ray diffraction analysis of soils, sediments, and rocks

Education

Degree Year Institution Area
M.S. 2005 Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada Earth Sciences
B.S. 2001 Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Geology

Keywords

adobe,editing,graphics,illustration,illustrator,indesign,photoshop, luminescence, OSL, geochronology, XRD

 

Publications
2015
May, J., Wells, S. G., Cohen, T. J., Marz, S. K., Nanson, G. C., Baker, S. E. (2015). A soil chronosequence on Lake Mega-Frome beach ridges and its implications for late Quaternary pedogenesis and paleoenvironmental conditions in the drylands of southern Australia, Quaternary Research, 83 (1)
Lancaster, N., Baker, S. E., Bacon, S. N., McCarley-Holder, G. (2015). Owens Lake dune fields: Composition, sources of sand, and transport pathways, Catena, 134, 41-49
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E. (2015). Luminescence dating of sediment from sand dunes at Antioch Dunes National Wildlife Reserve, California State University, Stanislaus., Accepted.
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E., Adams, K. D., Bacon, S. N. (2015). Luminescence dating of sediment from beach deposits of the Pleistocene highstand of Owens Lake: DRI, Accepted.
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E. (2015). Luminescence dating results: Trench 2, Anderson Dam, Morgan Hill, CA, l, Accepted.
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E. (2015). Luminescence dating of sediment from the City of San Francisco’s southeast water pollution control plant building 521 replacement project., Accepted.
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E. (2015). Luminescence dating of sediment from the Stockton Bar, Salt Lake City, Utah., Accepted.
2012
Engelbrecht, J. P., Gillies, J. A., Etyemezian, V. R., Kuhns, H. D., Baker, S. E., Zhu, D., Nikolich, G., Kohl, S. D. (2012). Controls on mineral dust emissions at four arid locations in the western USA, Aeolian Res., 6, 41-54
2010
Boettinger, J., Howell, D., Moore, A., Hartemink, A., Kienast-Brown, S. (Eds.) Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2010). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, In Digital soil mapping: bridging research, production, and environmental application, 409-419, Springer: The Netherlands
2009
Baker, S. E., Gosse, J. C., McDonald, E. V., Evenson, E. B., Martinez, O. (2009). Quaternary history of the piedmont reach of Rio Diamante, Argentina, Journal of South American Earth Sciences, 28, 54-73
2008
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Caldwell, T. G., Stullenbarger, G. (2008). Desert terrain characterization of landforms and surface materials within vehicle test courses at US Army Yuma Proving Ground, USA, Journal of Terramechanics, 45 (5), 167-183, 10.1016/j.jterra.2008.09.005
Conference Proceedings
2017
Antinao Rojas, J., Negrini, R. M., Maldonado, A., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Santibanez, I., Brown, N. D. (2017). A Coupled Lacustrine and Alluvial Fan Record for the Holocene of the Arid Southern Central Andes, Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, 49 (2), 51st North-Central Annual Section Meeting, Geological Society of America: Pittsburgh, PA, March 21, 2017-March 21, 2017, Session No. 53, Accepted. 10.1130/abs/2017NE-290266
2014
Keen-Zebert, A. K., Baker, S. E. (2014). Comparison of Single- and Multi-Grain Quartz Luminescence Ages from Terraces in the Buffalo National River, Arkansas, 14th International Luminescence and Electron Spin Dating Conference and Workshop: Montreal, Canada
Lancaster, N., Bacon, S. N., Baker, S. E., Holder, G. A. (2014). Owens Lake dune fields: composition, sources of sand, and transport pathways, Geological Society of America Annual Meeting, Abstracts with Programs, 46 (6), Paper No. 121-3.
2012
McAlpine, J. D., Koracin, D. R., Bacon, S. N., Baker, S. E., McDonald, E. V. (2012). Development of an operational predictive tool for visibility degradation and brownout caused by rotorcraft dust entrainment, Weather Impacts Decision Aids (WIDA) Workshop, Abstract with Programs: Reno, NV, March 13, 2012-March 15, 2012
2009
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2009). Predictive terrain hazard maps for military operations in the desert based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases [abstract], 14, 8th International Conference on Military Geosciences, Abstracts with Programs: Vienna, Austria, June 15, 2009-June 19, 2009
2008
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Dalldorf, G., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). An expert based system to predict soil attributes using geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest USA [abstract], European Geological Union, EGU2008-A-10709; SSS25-1FR5P-0669, Abstract XY0669
Dalldorf, G., Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Sabol, D. E., Minor, T. B., Bassett, S., MacCabe, S. R., Bullard, T. F. (2008). Predictive soil maps based on geomorphic mapping, remote sensing, and soil databases in the desert southwest, 10 p., 3rd Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping, Paper in Session 6.
2007
Bacon, S. N., McDonald, E. V., Baker, S. E., Caldwell, T. G., Stullenbarger, G. (2007). Desert terrain characterization of landforms and surface cover within vehicle test courses at U.S. Army Yuma Proving Ground, USA [abstract], Proceedings of the Joint North American, Asia-Pacific ISTVS Conference and Annual Meeting of Japanese Society for Terramechanics: Fairbanks, AK, June 3, 2007-June 6, 2007, Session 41 Terrain Impacts, talk and short paper.