Oberlin College, Biology, Classical Archaeology, BA;
Biological Anthropology University of Michigan, MA;
University of Michigan, PhD
Research that guides social management; the human-animal interface and animal welfare; treatment for abnormal behavior; infant development
Research on social housing -- it is the most efficacious behavioral management technique, one of the most challenging and time-consuming to implement, and has the potential to negatively impact ongoing biomedical research. There is a premium on reducing risks to animals and protocol disruption due to aggression. My work is critical for harmonizing behavioral management and biomedical research and improving the primate resource. Another area of research involves studies that integrate behavioral, physiological, clinical, and pharmacological perspectives, capitalizing on the synergy between fields to optimize care. Last, I study infant rearing and how rearing affects long-term development. I evaluate nursery practices toward both breeding colony and research aims. In addition to short-term intensive study of neonates and infants, I have been able to follow cohorts of infants from birth to full adulthood, allowing me to detect the very long-term effects of rearing, an area that is sparsely represented in the literature.
Baker, K.C. 2017. The effect of caretakers on nonhuman primate welfare. American Association for Laboratory Primates national meeting. Austin, TX.
Baker, K.C. 2017. Trends in Behavior Management Practices for Nonhuman Primates in the United States. Charles River Short Course, Las Vegas, NV
Baker, K.C. 2017. Behavioral Management Programs for Nonhuman Primates. PRIM&R Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Baker, K.C. 2017. IACUCs and Behavioral Management Programs: Harmonizing behavioral management and research 2017 Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) Conference, New Orleans, LA. Baker, K.C. 2014. Best practices for socializing macaques. 2nd Symposium on Social Housing of Laboratory Animals. Co-sponsored by the Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and the Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare. University of Colorado, Denver, CO.
Baker, K.C. 2016. Survey of 2014 behavioral management programs for laboratory primates in the United States. American Journal of Primatology 78:780-796. PMID: 26971575. PMCID: PMC4914436.
Baker, K.C., Bloomsmith, M.A., Oettinger, B., Neu, K., Griffis, C., Schoof, V. 2014. Comparing options for pair housing rhesus macaques using behavioral welfare measures. American Journal of Primatology 76:30–42. PMID:24105901, PMCID: PMC4307811
Baker, K.C., Bloomsmith, M.A., Oettinger, B., Neu, K., Griffis, C., Schoof, V., Maloney, M. 2012. Benefits of pair housing are consistent across a diverse population of rhesus macaques. Applied Animal Behaviour Science 137:148-156. PMCID: PMC4307811
Baker, K.C., Crockett, C.M., Lee, G.H., Oettinger, B.C., Schoof, V., Thom, J.P. 2012. Pair housing for caged female longtailed and rhesus macaques: Behavior in protected contact versus full contact. Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science 15:126-143. PMID:22458874, PMCID: PMC3994748
Baker, K., Bloomsmith, M., Neu, K., Griffis, C., Maloney, M. 2010. Positive reinforcement training as enrichment for singly-housed rhesus macaques. Animal Welfare19: 307-313. PMCID: PMC2863313
View Dr. Baker's publications on PubMed.