He is an environmental engineer who studies urban ecosystems, particularly the flows of nutrients and pollutants.
Larry Baker is a Research Professor in the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Most of his research deals with urban ecosystems, particularly the flows of nutrients and pollutants, working at the intersection of theory and practice. He has published more than 120 articles and has edited two books, most recently, The Water Environment of Cities. His recent research focuses on food and organic wastes, with the goal of closing the nutrient loop between the city and farm.