Lawrence Baker is a research professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering in the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. He was the Editor of the book, The Water Environment of Cities. Baker is a strong believer in making research accessible and creates practical tools that can be used by planners, engineers, and water resources managers, developed in parallel with conventional publication.
Bakers research applies hybrid education in environmental engineering and ecology to the study of applied biogeochemistry, with a focus on human ecosystems – cities and farms. His research interest moves between theory and application. Baker’s research is highly interdisciplinary and he often lead interdisciplinary research groups. He is active in various synergistic activities, including many workshops on urban sustainability, both as an organizer and participant. Increasingly he has been interested in how social and political factors drive the biogeochemistry of urban systems and how these systems will have to adapt to create resilient human ecosystems.
Baker received a PhD in Environmental Engineering Sciences from the University of Florida. He regularly publishes in journals and is frequently a consultant for environmental groups, most recently the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy and the Northeastern Minnesota Friends of Wilderness.