Betsy Baker's research includes Canadian-U.S. cooperation in the Arctic, improving marine scientific research access in the North, and comparative regulatory regimes for offshore oil and gas activity. She has taught law of the sea at Harvard and Vermont Law Schools, published widely in Europe and the United States, and is a frequent speaker on Arctic law and policy.
She was a member of the USCGC Healy Arctic extended continental shelf mapping cruises in 2008 and 2009, and spent 2009-2010 as a Dickey Research Fellow at Dartmouth College|s Institute of Arctic Studies. Recent work includes commissioned papers for the Inuit Circumpolar Council on offshore oil and gas regulation in Greenland and the Russian Federation, and presentations for the Arctic Council's PAME Arctic Ocean Review. Baker received her B.A. from Northwestern University, her J.D. from Michigan, and her LL.M. and Dr. iur. from Christian-Albrechts-Universität in Germany, where she lived for over a decade. Before entering teaching full time she clerked for the Honorable John T. Noonan, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.