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Kristopher M. Baker PhD

Kristopher M.  Baker, PhD

Kristopher M. Baker, PhD

Professor, Biology

Academic II, 2139


Kristopher M. Baker, PhD, is Professor of Biology in the School of STEM.  He was formerly Division Chair of Math, Natural, and Health Sciences, and Executive Director of the RCC Innovation Center in Pearl River, NY. He began teaching at the College in 2004 and joined the full-time faculty in 2006. Previously he taught at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

An RCC graduate, Dr. Baker rejuvenated the Science Lecture Series at the College, developed an array of online courses, and established a new course in marine biology for the Study Abroad program. He led RCC’s effort to secure $2.5 million grant over seven years from the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-Tech) program, focusing on Computer Information Technology, Engineering and Health & Green Building Technology and opened a PTECH High School with our Partners at BOCES in Piermont, NY.

Dr. Baker's latter work, through shared governance and collaborations across the Nation, has led to RCC and the SUNY System adopting the Carnegie Math Pathways where students from all walks of life are doubly likely to complete in half the amount of time compared with traditional pathways.  Dr. Baker has been a champion of reclaiming math lives and empowering students to take control of their quantitative worlds.

Dr. Baker chairs or contributes to numerous committees on campus and also is active in the local community, having served as board president of Habitat for Humanity of Rockland from 2008-2013 and a member of both the Town of Goshen environmental review board and planning board where he was involved in reviewing major business applications and site plans for companies like Amy's Kitchen and Lego Land, NY.


  • AA Math and Sciences, Rockland Community College, SUNY, 1997
  • BS Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 1999
  • MS Molecular Biology, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2001
  • PhD Coastal Oceanography, Stony Brook University, SUNY, 2006


  • “Forty under 40” award from Rockland Economic Development Corporation, 2008
  • Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creativity, 2015
  • Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning Leadership Award, 2016
  • Carnegie National Faculty Member, 2017

Mentoring (Selected)

St. John Fisher Rochester, NY (New Rochelle Campus)

Executive Sponsor - 2015-8

Doctoral Sponsor for Lt. Kishon Hickman (Ed.D. in Urban Education) – Ed.D. Earned 2018

SUNY Rockland Community College Suffern, New York

Student Mentor - 2013-4

Mentor to Sam Kim (Nyack, H.S.)

Effects of Ocean Acidification on Marine Phytoplankton

Student Mentor - 2012-3

Mentor to Zoe Freiburg (Nyack, H.S.)

Transforming Chlamydomonas sp. with GFP

Student Mentor - 2012-13

Mentor to Tyler Ness (Nyack H.S.)

Algae surviving in meteorites to seed other worlds?

Student Mentor - 2012-13

Mentor to Jalin Cunningham (Nyack H.S.)

Assaying household chemicals against C. violaceium, S. aureus, & E. coli

Student Mentor - 2012-13

Mentor to Dhrithi Narasimhan (Nyack H.S.)

Using algae to produce biofuels

Professional Accomplishments (Selected)

  • Executive Committee member and Chair of Academic and Student Affairs of the Faculty Council of Community Colleges, 2015-2018
  • SUNY Faculty Liaison to the Math Pathways Project, 2014-present
  • Chair, Faculty Senate Curriculum Committee, 2014-2016
  • Chair, Academic Standards Committee, 2013-2014; 2019-current, Co-chair, 2009, 2010, 2012
  • Faculty Senate Executive Committee, 2010-11; 2014-18
  • Co-chair, Innovation Team, Energy Smart NY, 2010
  • Chair, Division Curriculum Committee, 2007-2011


  • Pardo, Y.A., Catalina Florez, Kristopher M. Baker, Jeffery W. Schertzer, and Gretchen J. Mahler. "Detection of Outer Membrane Vessicles in Synechocysticis PCC 6803." FEMS Microbiology Letters." 362, 2015
  • Kristopher M. Baker, Christopher J. Gobler, and Jackie L. Collier, article on gene sequences from algae and certain bacteria in phytoplankton cultures, Journal of Phycology. 45:625-634, 2009
  • Collier, J.L., Kristopher M. Baker, and Sheryl L. Bell, “Diversity of Urea-degrading Microorganisms in Marine and Estuarine Planktonic Communities,” Journal of Environmental Microbiology, 2009

Presentations (Selected)

  • Baker, K.M. Webinar (2019) SUNY Pathways Webinar Series - Fully On-Line Quantway Core Math Pilot: Course and Experience
  • Duncan-Potier, J., Thorn C.M., Magaram, E. and Kristopher M. Baker (2016). AACC Annual Meeting.  Chicago, IL.  Live FROM NEW YORK: Scaling What Works in Developmetal Education for Massive Impact.
  • Baker, K.M. - Panelist (2016) National Association of System Heads TS3 Convening. Dallas, TX. High Impact Practices - Quantway & Statway.
  • Baker, K.M. - Panelist (2016) Institution for Higher Education Policy Learning Lab. Washington, D.C. Supporting STudents from Arrival through Completion: Models that work.
  • Baker, K.M and R. Campolongo, “Impacts of Waste Water on the Hudson River Biodiversity,” Celebrating Scholarship Conference, RCC, 2010
  • Baker, K.M., “Anthropogenic Inputs into the Hudson River Estuary,” Purchase College Summer Research Faculty Presentations, Purchase, NY, 2009