What we do
We study the physical, chemical, and biological processes that affect water quality in streams and rivers. This is important because clean water is an ecosystem service upon which life depends. Water in the Intermountain West is an increasingly threatened resource. Our work aims to understand and protect healthy freshwater ecosystems.
Who we are - under construction
Michelle Baker is Professor of Biology and a faculty associate with the Ecology Center at Utah State University. Interested in graduate school or undergraduate research? Check out this information for prospective students.
Jason Reed is a 34-year old ex Las Vegas sommelier who has a passion for fly fishing and water quality. For the past five years Jason has been aiding the Baker Lab with research both in the field and in the lab. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Aquatic Sciences.
Dave Epstein is a research technician who joined the lab shortly after receiving a MS in aquatic ecology from Utah State University. He is currently leading the Jordan River organic matter study; however, also has interests in fisheries biology and conservation.
Julie Kelso is a Ph.D. student at Utah State University studying aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry. Her current research focuses on using isotopic tracers to identify sources of dissolved and particulate organic matter in urban rivers. She also has helped develop efficient and portable instream filtering methods to be used by personnel from any discipline. For her master’s thesis she investigated the potential effects of natural gas drilling on macroinvertebrate communities of headwater streams and the role of the hyporheic zone as refuge for macroinvertebrates from stream drying.
Beth Ogata is excited to be a part of the iUTAH research project which seeks to address water sustainability issues on the Wasatch Front. She is currently pursuing a PhD in aquatic biogeochemistry and enjoying the biking opportunities in Logan, UT.
Lab Alumni - under construction
Former Graduate Students
John Rothlisberger, M.S. 2004.
Chris Arp, Ph.D. 2006.
Andrew Myers, M.S. 2008.
Sam Hochhalter, M.S. 2009.
Keli Goodman, Ph.D. 2010.
Joe Crawford, M.S. 2013.
Scarlett Vallaire, M.S. 2013