OSyM Participants

    • Type of Researcher







    Shirley Baker
    Organismal Biologist
    Associate Professor
    University of Florida
    Shirley Baker
    Research Summary

    My research addresses knowledge gaps that limit our understanding of cultured clams and natural or restored oyster reefs in Florida’s coastal and estuarine ecosystems. I 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. I provide leadership and support to the shellfish industry, agriculture industry, and citizens of Florida in the areas of aquaculture and molluscan invasions and engage with county and statewide faculty to identify emerging industry needs, collaboratively conduct appropriate research, and deliver sustainable solutions to stakeholders.

    Biographical Info

    I recieved an MS from the University of Oregon where I was advised by Drs. Bob and Nora Terwilliger. I earned a PhD from the College of William and Mary, Virginia Institute of Marine Sciences where I worked with Dr. roger Mann. I was a postdoc at Macalester College, in St. Paul Minnesota, as well as at SUNY Stony Brook. I have been at the University of Florida for over 20 years.