Steven Baker

Professor of Biology

Steve Baker joined the faculty at Oxford College in 1990. He was born in Tennessee, and earned a B.S. in Wildlife Management and a M.S. in Zoology (Stream Ecology) from Tennessee Technological University, and the Ph.D. in Zoology (Fisheries Management) from Southern Illinois University. For three years, he worked as a Fisheries Biologist for the state of Arkansas.

Dr. Baker teaches courses in Zoology, General Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, and Freshwater Ecology. His research interests address stream ecology and the assessment of pollution impacts using aquatic organisms.

Since 1991, Dr. Baker has served as Director of the Oxford Institute for Environmental Education, a summer continuing education program for K-12 teachers taught by Oxford faculty. This program emphasizes the use of schoolyard habitats and scientific investigation in teaching ecological principles, and has been funded annually through grant support from the Eisenhower Program for Higher Education, the Georgia Power Foundation, General Mills, and others.


BS| Tennessee Technological University| 1980

MS| Tennessee Technological University| 1983

PhD| Southern Illinois University| 1990

Courses Taught

Animal Architecture and Physiology, Freshwater Ecology, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Concepts of Biology

Research Interests

Aquatic Biology, Inquiry-Based Learning