Ph.D., The University of Kansas
M.S., Lehigh University
B.S., Lehigh University
Dr Baker considers himself a teacher and a Earth scientist. His main areas of expertise are within geology, but also include work in anthropology, glacial geology, ecology, hydrology, archaeology, contamination, criminology, forensics, etc. His principal scientific tools used to observe the natural world and generate hypotheses/predictions fall under the category of near-surface geophysics. These tools are used to generate images and maps of the shallow subsurface (upper 200 m) that are not visible to the naked eye from the surface--in other words, he looks at buried stuff. Unlike a simple metal detector, however, the sophisticated tools used by Dr Baker are capable of generating high-resolution images of whatever the buried target happens to be. His work has taken him around the US (from Florida, to Maine, to Arizona, to Alaska) and around the world (from China, to the high Arctic, to the Andes of South America, to Cyprus, to Turkey, to Jordan). If you would like to learn more about Professor Baker, you can view his website here.
Illinois Wesleyan University
Bloomington, IL 61702-2900