- Science Director – North Pacific Research Board
- Affiliate Professor – Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington
- Ph.D. School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington, 2011
- M.A. School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University, 2004
- B.A. English; Biology, Middlebury College, 1997
Dr. Matthew Baker assumed the role of Science Director at the North Pacific Research Board in March 2014. Previously Dr. Baker worked for four years as a research scientist with the Joint Institute for the Study of the Atmosphere and Ocean and the Resource Assessment and Conservation Engineering and the Resource Ecology and Fisheries Management divisions at the NOAA Alaska Fisheries Science Center. Dr. Baker has taught pelagic ecology and led a research program on pelagic fishes at the Friday Harbor Laboratories at the University of Washington since 2010. Dr. Baker’s research experience and interests include numerous topics related to fish and marine systems. Some recent examples include assessments of benthic habitat, quantifying areas available to bottom trawl gear and surveys, gear selectivity, quantitative approaches to distinguish biogeographic ecoregions, integrating environmental variables into multispecies assessment models, stock assessment, stress and reproductive physiology, and research on crab stocks in the Bering Sea, groundfish distribution and movement in response to climate, and North Pacific pelagic fishes, particularly Pacific salmon and Pacific sand lance.