Victor R. Baker

Victor R. Baker


My research interests are very broadly concerned with paleohydrology and related aspects of geomorphology, but a particular focus is on flood processes. I also work in the area of planetary geomorphology, and on issues that involve Earth science in relation to public policy, the environment, and philosophy of science. I received the Distinguished Career Award from the American Geological Society's Quaternary Geology and Geomorphology Division (2010), and I received the David Linton Award of the British Society for Geomorphology. I have served on numerous panels and committees of the National Research Council including its Committee on Hydrologic Sciences.

Research Areas of Interest:

Paleohydrology and related aspects of geomorphology, particularly flood processes. Planetary geomorphology, Mars hydrology. Earth science in relation to public policy, the environment, and philosophy of science.

Professional Societies and Affiliations:

Former Department Head, UA Hydrology and Water Resources
Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Sciences
Honorary Fellow, European Geosciences Union
Fellow, American Geophysical Union
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Fellow, Geological Society of America
Past President, Geological Society of America


GEOS 415 Geologic Hazards (Fall)

Selected Publications:

Baker, V.R., in press, Global late Quaternary fluvial paleohydrology with special emphasis on paleofloods and magafloods, in Wohl, E.E., editor, Treatise on Geomorphology, Vol. 1, Fluvial Geomorphology: Elsevier, Amsterdam.

Komatsu, G., Ori, G.G., Cardinale, M., Dohm, J.M., Baker, V.R., Vaz, D.A., Ishimaru, R., Namiki, N., and Matsui, T., 2011, Roles of methane and carbon dioxide in geological processes on Mars: Planetary and Space Science, v. 59, p. 169-181.

Alho, P., Baker,V.R., and Smith, L.N., 2010, Paleohydraulic Reconstruction of the largest Glacial Lake Missoula drainings: Quaternary Science Reviews, v. 29, p. 3067-3078.

Brown, K. McIntosh, J.C., Baker, V.R., and Gosch, D., 2010, Isotopically-depleted late Pleistocene groundwater in Columbia River Basalt aquifers: Evidence for recharge of Glacial Lake Missoula floodwaters? Geophysical Research Letters, v. 37, L21402, doi:10.1029/2010GL044992.

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., 2009, Megafloods and global paleoenvironmental change on Mars and Earth, in Chapman, M.G., and Kesthelyi, L., editors, Preservation of Random Mega-scale Events on Mars and Earth: Influence on Geologic History: Geological Society of America Special Paper 453. p. 25-36.

Baker, V.R., 2009, The Channeled Scabland—A retrospective: Annual Reviews of Earth and Planetary Sciences, v. 37, p. 6.1-6.19.

Burr, D.M., Caring, P.A., and Baker, V.R., editors, 2009, Megaflooding on Earth and Mars: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 319 p.

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

Baker, V.R., 2008, Planetary landscape systems: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 33, p. 1341-1353.

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

Baker, V.R., 2007, Water cycling on Mars: Nature, v. 446, p. 150-151.

Regents Professor, HWR; Joint Professor, Geosciences; Joint Professor, Planetary Sciences
Ph.D. Geology 1971, The University of Colorado
Contact Me:
(520) 621-7875
Harshbarger 246A