Jon Baker

Innsbruck Quaternary Research Group

Research Interests
High-resolution climate proxies in speleothems
Stable isotopes in precipitation
Cave monitoring and microclimate
Eurasian climate evolution on glacial-interglacial scales
Palaeo model-proxy comparisons

Short CV
2023-             Postdoc at the University of Innsbruck
2022–2023    Academic Year Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University, California, USA
2022               U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the University of Innsbruck, Austria
2021–2022    Visiting Lecturer at Cornell College, Iowa, USA
2019–2023    Postdoc at Xi’an Jiaotong University, China
2015; 2017    Visiting Lecturer at Cornell College, Iowa, USA
2012–2013    U.S. Fulbright Student at Herzen State Pedagogical University, St. Petersburg, Russia
2011–2018    Ph.D. Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
2008–2010    M.S. Geoscience, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, USA
2005–2008   B.S. Geoscience, Weber State University, Utah, USA
Grants and awards
2020   Research Fund for International Young Scientists, China NSF
2020   William J. Fulbright Scholar Research Fellowship
2019   Postdoctoral Research Grant, China NSF
2015   Anderson Natural Science Lecturer
2014   Graduate and Professional Student Association Research Grant, UNLV
2013   Ralph W. Stone Fellowship, National Speleological Society
2012   William J. Fulbright Student Research Fellowship
2011   Geological Society of America, Graduate Research Grant
2010   Geological Society of America, Graduate Research Grant
2009   Nevada Petroleum Society Field Research Grant
2019   Holocene reconstruction of midlatitude westerlies and associated hydroclimate in continental western Eurasia: a model-data comparison (funded by: NSF China)
2020   How will abrupt warming in the North Atlantic and Arctic oceans affect northwestern Russia? A paleoclimate perspective (funded by: US Fulbright Program)



Soleimani, M., Baker, J.L., Nadimi, A., Dublyansky, Y., Koltai, G., Spötl, C. (2024): Decoupled hydroclimate of Central and Southwestern Iran controlled by the strength of southerly-westerly jets during Marine Isotope Stage 3. – Geophysical Research Letters, 51, e2024GL109797,

Chervyatsova, O., Potapov, S., Baker, J., Gavryshkin, D., Polyak, V., Heizler, M., Tokarev, S., Sadykov, S., Dbar, R., Dublyansky, Y. (2024): A speleogenetic history of Novoafonskaya Cave in the Western Caucasus. - International Journal of Speleology, 53, 89-110.

Spötl, C., Baker, J.L., Skiba, V., Honiat, A., Fohlmeister, J., Luetscher, M., Trüssel, M. (2024): Speleothems in subglacial caves: An emerging archive of glacial climate history and mountain glacier dynamics. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 333, 108684,

Li, Y., Yang, Y.,  Wang, X.,  Luo, W.,  Zhao, J., Sun, Z., Ye, Z., Chen, X., Shi, X., Xu, Y., Baker, J.L. (2024): Sources and transport of CO2 in the karst system of Jiguan Cave, Funiu Mountains, China. - Science of The Total Environment, 918, 170507, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2024.170507.

Wolf, A., Baker, J.L., Tjallingii, R., Cai, Y., Osinzev, A., Antonosyan, M., Amano, N., Johnson, K.R., Skiba, V., McCormack, J., Kwiecien, O., Chervyatsova, O.Y., Dublyansky, Y.V., Dbar, R.S., Cheng, H., Breitenbach, S.F.M. (2024): Western Caucasus regional hydroclimate controlled by cold-season temperature variability since the Last Glacial Maximum. - Communications Earth & Environment, 5:66, doi:10.1038/s43247-023-01151-3.

Dong, X., Kathayat, G., Rasmussen, S.O.,  Svensson, A., Severinghaus, J., Li, H., Sinha, A., Yao, X.,. Zhang, H., Shi, Z., Cai, Y., Pérez-Mejías, C., Baker, J., Zhao, J., Spötl, C., Columbu, A., Ning, Y., Stríkis, N., Chen, S., Wang, X., Gupta, A.K., Dutt, S., Zhang, F., Cruz, F., An, Z., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H. (2022): Coupled atmosphere-ice-ocean dynamics during Heinrich Stadial 2. – Nature Communications, 13: 5867, doi: 10.1038/s41467-022-33583-4.

Cheng, H., Zhang, H., Cai, Y., Shi, Z., Yi, L., Deng, C., Hao, Q., Peng, Y., Sinha, A., Li, H., Zhao, J., Tian, Y., Baker, J.L., Perez-Mejias, C. (2021): Orbital-scale Asian summer monsoon variations: Paradox and exploration. - Sci. China Earth Sci., 64, 529-544,

Cheng, H., Xu, Y., Dong, X., Zhao, J., Li, H., Baker, J., Sinha, A., Spötl, C., Zhang, H., Du, W., Zong, B., Jia, X., Kathayat, G., Liu, D., Cai, Y., Wang, X., Strikis, N.M., Cruz, F.W., Auler, A.S., Gupta, A.K., Singh, R.K., Jaglan, S., Dutt, S., Liu, Z., Edwards, R.L. (2021): Onset and termination of Heinrich Stadial 4 and the underlying climate dynamics. – Communications Earth & Environment, 2:230,

Li, T-.Y., Baker, J.L., Wang, T., Zhang, J., Wu, Y., Li, H., Blyakharchuk, T., Yu, T., Shen, C., Cheng, H., Kong, X., Xie, W., and Edwards, L.R. (2021): Early Holocene permafrost retreat in Siberia amplified by reorganization of westerly circulation. - Communications Earth & Environment, 2, 199,

Zhang, H., Zhang, X., Cai, Y., Sinha, A., Spötl, C., Baker, J., Kathayat, G., Liu, Z., Tian, Y., Lu, J., Wang, Z., Zhao, J., Jia, X., Du, W., Ning, Y., An, Z., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H. (2021): A data-model comparison pinpoints Holocene spatiotemporal pattern of East Asian summer monsoon. – Quaternary Science Reviews, 261, 106911.

Sha, L., Mahata, S., Duan, P., Luz, B., Zhang, P., Zong, B., Ning, Y., Zhang, H., Baker, J.L., Edwards, L.R., Cheng, H. (2020): A novel application of triple oxygen isotope ratios of speleothems. - Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, 270, 360–378,

Cheng, H., Zhang, H.,  Spötl, C., Baker, J., Sinha, A., Li, H., Bartolomé, M., Moreno, A., Kathayat, G., Zhao, J., Dong, X., Li, Y., Ning, Y., Jia, X., Zong, B., Ait Brahim, Y., Pérez-Mejías, C., Cai, Y., Novello, V.F., Cruz, F.C., Severinghaus, J.P., An, Z., Edwards, R.L. (2020): Timing and structure of the Younger Dryas event and its underlying climate dynamics. - Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117, 23408-23417.

Zhang, H., Ait Brahim, Y., Li, H., Zhao, J., Kathayat, G., Tian, Y., Baker, J.L., Wang, J., Zhang, F., Ning, Y., Edwards, R.L., Cheng, H. (2019): The Asian Summer Monsoon: Teleconnections and Forcing Mechanisms—A Review from Chinese Speleothem δ18O Records. - Quaternary, 2,1–38, doi:10.3390/quat2030026.

Zhao, X., Cheng, H., Sinha, A., Zhang, H., Baker, J.L., Chen, S., Kong, X., Wang, Y., Edwards, R.L., Ning, Y., and Zhao, J. (2019): A High-Resolution Speleothem Record of Marine Isotope Stage 11 as a Natural Analog to Holocene Asian Summer Monsoon Variations. - Geophysical Research Letters, 46, 1–9,

Baker, J.L., Lachniet, M.S.L., Chervyatsova, O., Asmerom, Y., and Polyak, V. (2017): Holocene Warming in Western Continental Eurasia Driven By Glacial Retreat and Greenhouse Forcing. - Nature Geoscience, 10, 430–435.