John Baker

Research Leader, USDA-ARS Soil & Water Management Unit

[email protected]


Current Research Interests

My research is focused in two major areas.

  1. The impact of management practices on the cycling of carbon and other greenhouse gases in agricultural systems. Our approach involves field-scale measurement of gas exchange in paired systems, where one field is farmed conventionally while the other is subjected to management practices that are expected to alter greenhouse gas exchange.
  2. Water management in agricultural systems. This involves a variety of field projects at a number of locations examining the impact of agricultural practices, including cover crops, companion crops, and supplemental irrigation, on water quality and quantity.