My research applies my hybrid education in environmental engineering and ecology to the study of applied biogeochemistry, with a focus on human ecosystems – cities and farms. I like to work in “Pasteur’s quadrant”, moving between theory and application. My research is highly interdisciplinary, and I often lead interdisciplinary research groups. In recent years, I have been very active in various synergistic activities, including many workshops on urban sustainability, both as an organizer and participant. I have also started a personal mission of translational research, creating practical tools that can be used by planners, engineers, and water resources managers, developed in parallel with conventional publication
BBE 8001/8002. Graduate seminar.
Movement of pollutants in urban ecosystems, source reduction for urban stormwater management, adaptive management for de-icing, phosphorus transition management, whole system nutrient balances for nutrient management.
Peterson, H.L., L.A. Baker, R.M. Aggarwal, T.H. Boyer, N. Chan. In press (2021) A Transition Management Framework to Stimulate a Circular Phosphorus System, Environment, Development and Sustainability.
Baker, L.A., B. Wilson, D. Klimbal, D. Furuta, M. Friese, J. Bierman. 2021. Adaptive Management to Improve De-Icing Operations. MNDOT Final Report 2021-07 -- (c) 1003325 (wo) 35.
Taguchi, V.J., P.T. Weiss, J.S. Gulliver, M.R. Klein, R.M. Hozalski, L.A. Baker, J.C. Finlay , B. L. Keeler, and J. L. Nieber. 2020. It's Not Easy Being Green: Unintended Consequences of Green Stormwater Infrastructure. Water 12, 522; doi:10.3390/w12020522
Fung, L., P. Urriola, L. Baker and G. Shurson 2019. Estimated energy and nutrient composition of different sources of food waste and their potential for use in sustainable swine feeding programs. Transl. Anim. Sci. 3:359–368 DOI: 10.1093/tas/txy099.
Macintosh, K., B. Mayer, R. McDowell, S. Powers, L. Baker, T. Boyer, B. Ritman. 2018. Managing diffuse phosphorus at the source versus at the sink. Environ. Sci. Technol. 52, 11995−12009. doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.8b01143
Baker, L. 2018. Situating urban drought resilience: theory, practice and sustainability science. In: Sustainability Now! Sustainability How? Situating Sustainabilities through Interdisciplinary and Social Justice, edited by Julie Sze, NYU Press.
Hobbie, S.E., Finlay J.C. Janke, B., Nidzgorski, D.A. Dylan B. Millet, D.B., and Baker, L.A. 2017. Contrasting nitrogen and phosphorus dynamics in urban watersheds: implications for urban water pollution. Proc. National Acad. Sciences 114 (16) 4177-4182.
Rodina, L., L. Baker, M. Galvin, J. Goldin, L. Harris, T. Manungufala, M. Musemwa, C. Sutherland, G. Ziervogel. 2017. Water, equity and resilience in Southern Africa: future directions for research and practice. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability 26:143–151.
Peterson, H., L. Baker, J. Ulrich, J. Neiber, B. Wilson, and D. Bruening. 2017. Agricultural phosphorus balance calculator: A tool for watershed planning. J. Soil and Water Conservation 72(4): 395-404, doi:10.2489/jswc.72.4.395
10. Mayer, B., L. Baker, T. Boyer, P. Dreshsel, M. Gifford, M. Hanjfra, P. Parameswaran, P. Westershoff, and B. Rittman. 2016. Total value of phosphorus recovery. Env. Sci. Technol., DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.6b01239.
Kennedy, C., L. Baker, and H. Bratboe. 2014. Analyzing a city's metabolism, in Elgar Companion to Sustainable Cities, edited by D.A. Mazmanian and H. Blanco, Edward Elgar Publishing.