Nancy Baker


Nancy Baker has over thirty years of service as a hydrologist and geographer studying the connections between landscape processes and water quality in the Nation’s rivers and streams. She integrates her knowledge of hydrology and geographic information systems (GIS) to design, execute, interpret, and report on studies of local, regional and national scope. She has participated in studies in a variety of landscapes including 1) agricultural chemical transport, 2) agricultural pesticide use, 3) ground water recharge in fracture rock areas, and 4) green infrastructure practices in urban areas. She works with multiple types of temporal and spatial data to process and harmonize water-quality, climate and water budget, soils, land use, demographic, and hydrologic data.


  • Ph.D., Physical Geography (minor in Agricultural Engineering), Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA, 1988
  • M.S., Physical Geography (minor in Environmental Engineering), Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, 1982
  • B.S., Biology (minor in Chemistry), Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY, 1979

Areas of Expertise

Nancy has considerable experience using GIS, scripting, and statistical software to automate, compile and analyze large datasets. She often designs and creates information graphics that translate complex scientific findings into visual medium that can be easily communicated to stakeholders and the public.