About me

Stephen Baca 

My name is Stephen Baca. I was born and raised in Gallup, a small town in western New Mexico abutting the Navajo Nation. Since I was a child I had a fascination with the natural world, especially anything that crawled on the ground. My journey to become an entomologist and evolutionary biologist was non-traditional. After leaving college and taking some time in the workforce, I went back to community college and eventually found my way back to biology. I completed my undergraduate work at the University of New Mexico and came to the University of Kansas (KU) for graduate studies. Now as a postdoctoral researcher at KU, I continue my journey, studying the complexities of aquatic beetle diversity, and teaching at Haskell Indian Nations University. 

See my CV and select media and press links below to learn more about me and my journey. 

Curriculum Vitae (updated: March, 2024)