Stokes Baker

Stokes Baker

Associate Professor of Biology

Stokes Baker
Contact Info:
Campus: McNichols Campus
Building: Life Sciences
Room: 211
Phone: 313-993-1142
Stokes Baker
Areas of Expertise:
Biological Statistics
Environmental Science
General Biology
Botany and Genetic Engineering
Plant Form and Function
Science of Life


  • Ph.D. Ohio State University, 1990
  • M.S. Environmental Science and Forestry, 1986
  • B.S. Davis and Elkins College, 1983


Baker joined the faculty in 1993 after completing a postdoctoral research fellowship at Michigan State University. He is a plant molecular biologist that is interested in integrating molecular technologies into undergraduate instruction. He has developed inquiry-based laboratory instructional material involving like DNA barcoding, next generation sequencing, and genetic engineering.

Research Interests:

Baker's research focus on how aquatic plants respond to phosphate water pollution. More specifically, he is used next generation DNA sequencing technology to investigate how the native duckweed plant acquire phosphorous from the environment.

Teaching Experience:

Course taught include Ecology, Biostatistics, Plant Form and Function, Developmental, Genetics, Environmental Science, Evolution, General Biology Laboratory I and II, General Biology II, Science of Life


Baker SS. 2016. A quantitative investigation of plants expressing green fluorescent protein (GFP) using a homemade camera attachment. In: PlantED Digital Library. Botanical Society of America Accessed 3/23/2016. (Peer reviewed)

Baker, SS., and Spicuzza C. 2016. Energy storage in plants: Making ethanol from cellulose. In: PlantED Digital Library. Botanical Society of America In press. (Peer reviewed)

Baker SS., and Spicuzza C. 2016. Energy Storage in Plants: Should Biofuels Be Made from Seeds or Leaves and Stems? In: PlantED Digital Library. Botanical Society of America
index.php?P=FullRecord&ID=571. Accessed (September 25, 2016). (Peer reviewed)

Baker S.S., Vidican C.B., Cameron D., Greib H., Jarocki C.C., Setaputri A.W., Spicuzza C., Burr A.A., Waqas M.A., Tolbert D.A. 2012. An epifluorescent attachment improves whole plant digital photography of Arabidopsis thaliana expressing red-shifted green fluorescent protein. AoB Plants. (Peer reviewed)

Schumack M., Baker S.S., Benvenuto M., Graves J., Haman A., Maggio D. 2012. Fueling the car of tomorrow: An alternative fuels curriculum for high school science classes. In: Fuel for Thought: Building Energy Awareness in Grades 9 - 12, ed. Metz, S (National Science Teacher Association Press, Arlington, VA), p. 127-138. (Peer reviewed)

Schumack M., Baker S., Benvenuto M., Graves J., Haman A., Maggio D. 2010. Fueling the car of tomorrow: An alternative fuels curriculum for high school science classes. The Science Teacher 77: 52-57. (Peer reviewed)

Hydorn, D., S. Baker, J. Boats. 2005. Quantitative initiatives in college biology: Profiles of projects at undergraduate institutions, IN: Math & Bio 2010: Linking Undergraduate Disciplines (L.A. Steen, ed.) Mathematical Association of America, Washington. DC. (Edited)

Grants and Awards:

  • Samuel Noel Postlethwait Award, 2016, for outstanding service to the Botanical Society of America's Teaching Section.
  • National Science Foundation (2010 to 2015). Developing Fluorescent Mini-Microarrays for Undergraduate Instruction. $214,676. Principal Investigator.
  • National Science Foundation (2005 to 2008). Using Transgenic Plants that Express Green Fluorescent Protein in Teaching Quantitative Experimental Skills to First Year Undergraduates. $74,985. Principal Investigator.
  • Ford Partnership for Advanced Studies / Michigan-Ohio University Transportation Center jointly funded grant (2007). Alternative Automotive Fuels Curriculum. $30,360. Co-principle investigators.
  • Michigan Department of Education - Eisenhower Higher Education Professional Development Grant (1997 to 1998). CID Project for Professional Development in Math and Science: Cross-disciplinary and Inclusionary-perspective for Diverse Student Populations. (Co-Investigator)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (1994 to 1997). A Model System to Assess the Environmental Risks in Releasing Transgenic Plants. $50,000. Principal Investigator.