Associate Professor, Ecology and Evolution, School
of Biological Sciences University of Auckland. Chairperson for the South
Pacific Whale Research Consortium.
Scott Baker is an Associate Professor in the School
of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland. He has a Bachelor
of Arts degree in Environmental Studies from New College of the University
of South Forida, conferred in 1977, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the
University of Hawaii, conferred in 1985. Since 1985, he has held research
and teaching positions with the Smithsonian Institute, the Laboratory
of Genomic Diversity at the United States National Cancer Institute,
Victoria University, the University of Hawaii, and his present position
at the University of Auckland. In 2001 the Royal Society of New Zealand
awarded him a Science & Technology Medal in recognition of his work
on conservation genetics.
Scott's research and teaching relate to molecular and
demographic forces influencing diversity and distribution of natural
populations, particularly populations of endangered and commercially
valuable species. His work therefore includes a range of subjects within
the biological sciences, in particular Molecular Evolution, Molecular
Systematics, Population Ecology and Conservation Biology.
Scott is presently leader of the Ecology & Evolution
Group in the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Auckland.
He is also a New Zealand delegate to the Scientific Committee of the
International Whaling Commission, a member of the Cetacean Specialist
Group of IUCN - the World Conservation Union, a member of the Society
for Marine Mammal Sciences and associate editor Journal of Marine Mammal
Science and the Journal of Heredity.