Geography & Mapping Sciences
Office: 340 Kleinpell Fine Arts
B.A. - Macalester College
M.E.M. - Yale University
Ph.D. - University of Minnesota
Ruth Baker is excited to be joining the Department of Geography and Mapping Sciences at the University of Wisconsin– River Falls. She considers herself a broadly trained physical geographer with specializations in weather and climate, biogeography, natural disasters, water resources, environmental law and policy, and human-environment dimensions of global change. She also draws extensively upon modeling and geographic information technologies in her research and in the classroom. The past few years, Ruth has been a Visiting Professor of Earth Sciences at Gustavus Adolphus College while finishing her dissertation at the University of Minnesota on 'Historical Snowfall Patterns in the Upper Midwest'. Ruth also enjoys mentoring students and providing academic and career advice, as she has always had a passion for undergraduate and graduate admissions. She hopes to inspire students to learn more about the interesting and sometimes crazy patterns and processes that constantly shape the world around them. In her leisure time, Ruth enjoys cooking, baking,gardening, biking, travel, natural disaster and monster movies, and the ever-controversial Minnesota Vikings.