Lawrence A Baker

Research Professor

1981 …2021

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Research interests

My research deals mainly with human ecosystems - cities and farms - generally with a focus on water, nutrients, chloride, and other contaminants.  I work in Pasteur's quadant, blending theory and application.  Some key studies include the first detailed N balance for a city, an analysis of the impacts of the urban heat island on humans and critters, several studies of lake eutrophication, several studies on urban stormwater with an emphasis on source reduction (notably, two studies that have led to an awareness of the potential for enhanced street sweeping to reduce nutirent export from urban watersheds, a study on adaptive management for road salting, and others. 

Professional Information

A secondary and still emerging nterest is environmental policy.  This started in a conventioanl manner, "science to inform policy", including a major role in developing the fthe National Acidic Precipitation Program's final report to Congress prior to the 1990 Clean Air Act and leading state-wide assessment of environmental health risks in Arizona; and has evolved toward more direct thinking about topics such as operationalizing resilience in water management, adaptive management to improve water quaity (two studies), and water equity.

Personal profile

As I plan for retirement, I've started the research to inform a historical novel about the early Pueloans (roughly, the Basketmaker periods), using my background from current human ecosystems to frame the biopphysical aspects of these folks' lives, and letting this guide, in part, the way they must have lived.  But in the end, a fiction novel!

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land

Research Interest Keywords

  • urban ecosystems
  • biogeochemistry
  • nutirents
  • chloride
  • stormwater
  • food waste
  • nutrient cycling
  • water policy


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