Victor R. Baker
Regents Professor of Hydrology & Water Resources, Geosciences and Planetary Sciences,University of Arizona, USA
20th March 2022: (3.20 pm to 4.50 pm IST)
Topic: Public policy, Paleohydrology, Philosophy of Geosciences (8 minutes)
Education: B.S., Geology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (1967); Ph.D., Geology, University of Colorado (1971).
Employment: University of Texas at Austin: Assistant to Full Professor (1971-81). University of Arizona: Professor of Geosciences (1981-present), Professor of Planetary Sciences (1982-present). Regents Professor (1988-present), Regents Professor and Department Head Hydrology and Water Resources (1996-2004). Now Regents Professor of Hydrology and Atmospheric Sciences, The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.
Examples of Honors and Awards: 2012 Inaugural International Lecturer, Geological Society of America (GSA); US National Aeronautics and Space Administration Group Achievement Awards (1992, 2005, 2007); GSA Distinguished Career (2010) and Distinguished Scientist Awards (2001), Honorary Fellow, European Union of Geosciences (1999); Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Sciences (1994); British Society for Geomorphology (BSG) David Linton Award (1995); Fellow: BSG (2013), American Geophysical Union (1998), American Association for Advancement of Science (1989), GSA (1986); Indo-American Fellowship (1987-88); Fulbright-Hays Fellow (1979-1980).
Examples of Service: President, Geological Society of America (1997-1998); Chair GSA Divisions of Planetary Geology (1986), Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology (1987), and History and Philosophy of Geology (2010); Chair, Geology/Geography Section, AAAS (1992-1993 and 2008-2009): President of the International Union for Quaternary Research Commission on Global Continental Paleohydrology (1995-99).
Publications: 20 scholarly books or monographs, 444 articles and chapters, and about 600 short reports and abstracts of papers presented at scholarly meetings, conferences, and workshops, plus encyclopedia articles, book reviews and technical reports.
Research dealing with extreme flooding phenomena, Quaternary paleohydrology, the geology of the planet Mars, and the history/philosophy of Earth and planetary sciences.
Students and Postdoctoral Scholars: 16 postdoctoral scholars; 40 masters and 30 Ph.D. advisees graduated; presently supervising 3 Ph.D. students.