A longtime expatriate American, Bauman manages a geophysical services group for a firm in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His group does near surface work and focuses on exploring for water and studying contamination sites. It involves itself as well in archeology, engineering, and the search for resources. Originally from Boston, Bauman has degrees from Princeton and the University of Waterloo in Ontario. In recent years he has frequently used kite aerial photography in archeological work and in the study of industrial areas with stressed vegetation. Following the Indian Ocean tsunami, he did groundwater studies in devastated Aceh Province in Indonesia on behalf of the United Nations.