Richard H. Baker

Office Addresses:

Pelican Island Audubon Society, P.O. Box 1833,Vero Beach, FL 32961

Telephone 772-567-3520,



Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory, University of Florida/IFAS, 200 9th Street SE, Vero Beach, FL  32962

Telephone: 772/778‑7200 ext 174; Fax: 772/778-7205



Home Address:

522 N. Blue Island Lane, Sebastian, FL 32958

Telephone: 772-388-1572, Cell 772-532-2489




Personal Information

My beginnings: Raised for 15 years by a small village of 900 people in Hayfield, MN and been a happy Indian River County resident since 1982


Loves of my life: Juanita N. Baker, (Prof. Emeritus at Florida Tech) for 49 years, two daughters, one son-in-law, two terrific grandchildren, canoeing, trees, and photography.


Education: H. S. 1954 Wisconsin High School (“Most Valuable” All-City, Conferenc in Football), Madison, WI.  B.S. (1959, Education), M.S. (1962) & Ph.D. (1965, Zoology-Genetics) University of Illinois, Urbana, IL.  NSF pre-doctoral award for studies at Duke University Marine Laboratory (1962)


Military Service: 2nd Lt/Capt, U.S. Army Reserve, Corps of Engineers (1959-1969)


Professional Experience:

·          Presently Professor Emeritus at the Florida Medical Entomology Lab (FMEL), University of Florida/IFAS, Vero Beach Professor, Director 1982-1998, FMEL, University of Florida/IFAS, Vero Beach.  Note: FMEL is adjacent to the Indian River Lagoon and Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area

·          Professor, researcher, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD (1965‑82):

·          Director of U. of Maryland’s International Health Program in Baltimore, 1979-1982.

·          Pakistan Medical Research Center, Lahore, Pakistan 1966-1979, (9 years as Director) working on mosquitoes borne diseases, and administrating other projects


Community Activities and Interests


·          Pelican Island Audubon Society (PIAS), President (2003-present).

·          Indian River County Environmental Control Hearing Board  (1994-2004, 2009-Present)

·          Canoe & Nature Guide and workshop instructor jointly for PIAS/FMEL at the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), Indian River Lagoon, and Blue Cypress Lake (1998-present): Led over 760 people canoeing and bird watching these pristine areas at ORCA.

·          Since 1998 Co-organizer and instructor for annual ORCA 183 volunteer training for 12 years. These volunteers have put in over 1,572 hours removing invasive plants and leading nature walks at ORCA. In addition the FMEL trained students from Sebastian River High School and Indian River Charter High School. 

·          Occasionally have put in a fishing pole with friends and have done lots of photographing of the wildlife in and around the Indian River Lagoon ORCA area.

·          Also member and support the following: Native Plant Society, Friends of the St. Sebastian River, Florida Historical Society, Indian River Photography Club, Friends of the Indian River County Library, Vero Beach Museum of Art, McKee Botanical Gardens, Pelican Island Preservation Society, Sierra Club, Friends of Forever Florida, Environmental Learning Center- (Board of Trustees 1993-97)


·          Committee for a Sustainable Treasure Coast.  Appointed conservation member by Gov. Jeb Bush (2004-05)

·          Indian River County Land Acquisition Advisory Committee- LACC (Founding member, 1990-2010, Chair 2003-05, 07-09). In 1991, advocated Indian River County and the St. Johns River Water Management District purchase 291 acres of pristine upland and wetlands along the Indian River Lagoon called the Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area (ORCA), which was threatened by condominium development.  In addition, the committee has added 149 additional acres at ORCA. Overall in the county 37 sites of 11,914 acres in Indian River County, many along the Indian River Lagoon or its tributaries are preserved. 

·          Advocated and supported community coalition to pass two bond issues to purchase land: 1992 $26 million, 2004 $50 million.

·          Indian River County Planning and Zoning Commission  (2007-09)

·          Coastal Preserves Alliance Board of Directors (2003-2009)

·          Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control (1987-1998)

·          Florida Mosquito Control Assoc. 1982-1998 (President 1993-94)

·          Florida Envirothon Board ~2000-2003

·          Indian River Lagoon Envirothon Board 1994-2003

·          Stewards for the Southeast Florida Aquatic Preserves ~3 years, 1990s

·          IFAS International Program/Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Advisory Council Member (1995-98)

·          Various consultantships, grants, and research in Asia, Central America, and Indo-Pakistan Subcontinent Sponsored by World Health Organization, National Institutes of Health, and US AID (1964-1992)

·          University of Florida Faculty Senate (1983-85)

·          Indian River County School Science Fairs Judge ~ 3 years, 1990s.



National Audubon Society Charles H. Callison Volunteer of the Year Award 2011
University of Illinois College of Education Distinguished Alumni Award 1999
The Marine Resources Council Albert Tuttle Award in commemoration for outstanding services to the Indian River Lagoon by a volunteer 2011
Pelican Island Audubon Society Special Merit Award for Conservation 1999, 1996, 2004
Florida Mosquito Control Association Meritorious Service Award. 1994 & 1998
Indian River Lagoon Envirothon Certificate of Appreciation 1994 1995
Soil and Water Conservation Society Professional Achievement Award in Recognition of Contributions and Commitment of Environmental Education 1997
University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences Citation Award 1998
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Certificate of Appreciation 2003
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Special Achievement Award 2003
Friends of St. Sebastian River Environmental Enhancement Award 2004 with Dr. Juanita N. Baker
Indian River Photo Club Honorary Membership and Certificate of Appreciation 2004
Sustainable Treasure Coast Outstanding Service Award 2005



Books:  Baker, R. H. and J. N. Baker. (2003) Reflections of Blue Cypress, Photographs, History, and Poems of the Headwater Lake of the St. Johns River, Published by the Pelican Island Audubon Society Vero Beach


Baker, R.H. and D. Carlson, Co-editors & Co-chairs, (1998) Florida Mosquito Control, A white paper on mosquito control in Florida by the Florida Coordinating Council on Mosquito Control


Author of over 100 published scientific articles on mosquito genetics, biology, and control.