Austin K Baldwin


Austin Baldwin is a Research Hydrologist with the Idaho Water Science Center in Boise, Idaho. His research focuses on field-based studies of contaminants in surface water and sediment, including organic compounds, mercury and other metals, and microplastics. His work specifically focuses on (1) investigations into the sources, transport, and fate of contaminants, (2) processes driving contaminant partitioning among environmental compartments and transformation to more bioavailable forms, and (3) potential adverse effects of contaminants on ecosystem health. Through each of these research themes, he aims to inform management decisions to improve ecosystem health.


M.S. Structural Geology, 2005, University of Texas at Austin

B.S. Geological Sciences, 2001, University of Texas at Austin


  • American Water Resources Association (AWRA)
  • Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC)


Hydrologist, USGS Wisconsin Water Science Center, Middleton, WI, Janury 2007 – May 2016


Organic contaminants in aquatic environments; mercury in aquatic environments; aquatic toxicity; microplastic sources, transport, fate, and biological uptake; polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon source identification.