Victor Baker
Regents' Professor, Department of Hydrology & Atmospheric Sciences
Regents' Professor, Department of Geosciences
(520) 621-7875

Victor R. Baker is Regents’ Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Professor of Geosciences, and Professor of Planetary Sciences, The University of Arizona. He has authored or co-authored 400 research papers and chapters and authored or edited 18 books on topics that include the geology and paleohydrology of Mars, Quaternary paleohydrology and geology, flood geomorphology, and history/philosophy of Earth and planetary sciences. Professor Baker has been President of the Geological Society of America (1998), Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Section on Geology and Geography (1992-93 and 2008-2009), and President of the International Union for Quaternary Research Commission on Global Continental Paleohydrology (1995-99). Among his honors are Foreign Membership in the Polish Academy of Sciences (1994); Honorary Fellowship in the European Union of Geosciences (1999); the David Linton Award of the British Society for Geomorphology (1995); the Distinguished Scientist Award (2002) and Distinguished Career Award (2010), both from The Geological Society of America Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division; a Fulbright-Hays Senior Research Fellowship; an Indo-American Fellowship; and professional society Fellowships respectively in the American Geophysical Union, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, The Geological Society of America, and the British Society for Geomorphology. His work on megafloods has been featured in multiple television documentaries for PBS, BBC, and the National Geographic, Discovery, and History Channels, including the 2005 NOVA production “Mystery of the Megaflood.”

Selected Citations: 

Baker, V.R., 2014, Paleohydrology: IAHS Benchmark Papers in Hydrology, 9: Internat. Assoc. of Hydrological Sciences Press, Wallingford, U.K., 494 p.

Baker, V.R., 2014, Uniformitarianism, earth system science, and geology: The Anthropocene, v. 5, p. 76-79.

Baker, V.R., 2014, Epilogue: Skepticism versus fallibilism for achieving reliable science in Kargel, J.S., Leonard, G.J., Bishop, M.P., Kaab, A., and Raup, B.H., eds., Global Land Ice Measurements from Space, Springer Praxis Books, p. 841-845.

Greenbaum, N., Harden, T.M., Baker, V.R., Weisheit, J., Cline, M.L., Porat, N., Halevi, R., and Dohernwend, J., 2014, A 2000-year natural record of magnitudes and frequencies for the largest upper Colorado River floods near Moab, Utah: Water Resources Research, 50, p. 5249-5269.

Komatsu, G., Goto, K., Baker, V.R., Oguchi, T., Yuichi S. Hayakawa, Y.S., Hitoshi Saito, H., Jon D. Pelletier, J.D., McGuire, L., and Iijima, Y., 2014, Effects of tsunami wave erosion on natural landscapes: Examples from the 2011 Tohoku-oki Tsunami, in Kontar, Y., Santiago-Fandiño, V., and Takahashi, T., editors, Tsunami Events and Lessons Learned; Environmental and Societal Significance. Springer, Heidelberg, p. 243-253.

Baker, V.R., 2013, Sinuous rivers: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States, v. 110, no. 21, p. 8321-8322.

Harden, T., Macklin, M.G., and Baker, V.R., 2010, Holocene flood histories in south-western USA: Earth-Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 35, p. 707- 716.

Baker, V.R., 2008, Paleoflood hydrology: origin, progress, prospects: Geomorphology, v. 101, p. 1-13.

Baker, V.R., 2007, Flood hazard science, policy and values: A pragmatist stance: Technology in Society, v. 29, p. 161-168.

Baker, V.R., 2006, Palaeoflood hydrology in a global context: Catena, v. 66, p. 141-145.

Research Themes: 
Climate change
Extreme events
Glacial processes
Remote sensing
Geological processes
Watershed hydrology

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