Joseph Baker, Hydrogeologist / Principal

areas of specialization hydrogeologic characterization, design and supervision of exploration programs, environmental hydrogeology

The field operations manager for M&A’s Lima office, Joseph provides analytical, technical, and logistic direction for projects. He specializes in characterizing hydrogeologic conditions for water supply, mine dewatering, and environmental impact investigations. He also has expertise in evaluating saturated zone, near-surface, and unsaturated conditions for managed aquifer recharge (MAR) and environmental / remediation investigations, and he has played key roles in field characterization and modeling efforts at several major Superfund sites.

A fluent Spanish speaker, Joseph has managed projects in Perú, Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, as well as in the U.S. These projects have included the Toromocho Mine, where he led a major wellfield program and trained a team in piezometer installation methods; the Magistral, La Arena, San Cristobal, and Inmaculada Mines, where he led hydrogeologic characterization and water supply investigations; and the Antamina and Collahuasi Mines, where he led drilling and characterization programs associated with mine dewatering. He also was responsible for evaluating vadose zone conditions and natural recharge at salt flats for the Cerro Colorado Mine and the Salar de Centenario Project.

Awards / Accomplishments

Joseph won two awards for his pilot-scale tests of in situ chemical oxidation: the 2000 Raytheon Innovation Award and the 2001 National Ground Water Association commendation for an outstanding project.