Dr. Justin Baker is a natural resource and environmental economist with more than a decade of experience in developing and applying econometric and economic optimization models that integrate socioeconomic, engineering, and environmental systems. He has extensive expertise in agricultural/forestry sector modeling, with recent research efforts in the areas of bioenergy expansion, land use/land use change, climate change mitigation and adaptation, nutrient trading, water resource management, and energy policy. Dr. Baker collaborates on the development and application of several computational economic models of the land use sectors for policy and impacts analysis, including the U.S. Forest and Agricultural Sector Optimization Model with Greenhouse Gases, the Global Biosphere Management Model, the Global Timber Model, and the Land Use and Resource Allocation Model.
Dr. Baker also has research and project experience in water resource management and valuation, transboundary water conflict resolution, water quality trading, land conservation policy, modeling international trade of agricultural and forest products, and subjective risk perceptions. Dr. Baker has recently or is currently involved in project work and research collaborations with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Climate Change Division and Office of Transportation and Air Quality), the U.S. Agency for International Development, and various U.S. academic institutions. Dr. Baker holds a Guest Researcher affiliation at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.