Dr. Shirley Baker, Associate Professor and Marine Sciences Faculty Advisor
Bivalve Aquaculture, Invertebrate Biology & Ecology
7922 NW 71st Street
PO Box 110600
Gainesville, FL 32653
Dr. Baker’s research addresses knowledge gaps that limit our understanding of cultured clams and natural or restored oyster reefs in Florida’s coastal and estuarine ecosystems. She examines the effects of water quality on shellfish productivity, the physiological mechanisms that underlie those effects, the provision of ecosystem services by shellfish, and the development of models to predict impacts of water quality parameters on shellfish productivity and provision of ecosystem services. Dr. Baker’s extension goal is to provide leadership and support to the shellfish industry, agriculture industry, and citizens of Florida in the areas of aquaculture and molluscan invasions. She engages with county and statewide faculty to identify emerging industry needs, collaboratively conducts appropriate research, and delivers sustainable solutions to clientele.
PhD, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, The College of William and Mary (1994)
MS, Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, University of Oregon (1988)
BS, Seattle Pacific University (1986)
FAS 4932/6154 Marine Adaptations/Aquatic Invertebrate Ecological Physiology
This course examines and compares the physiological adaptations of marine, coastal, and estuarine invertebrates to environmental conditions. The processes examined span several levels of organization, from ecological and organismal to cellular and molecular. Examples are drawn from rocky intertidal, salt marsh, coral reef, and deep sea habitats, among others. Undergraduate, graduate, and graduate online sections. Fall semesters, 3 credits.
FOR 6934 Natural Resources in a Changing Climate
This course explores conservation and management tools and their vulnerabilities to global climate change, how they can be implemented in new ways to maintain or increase their effectiveness, options for integrating the needs of humans and natural resources, and how governance mechanisms might be improved to support adaptation efforts. Graduate and graduate online sections. Spring semesters, 3 credits.