Ambroise Baker


  • Middlesbrough Tower, room M10.11

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Academic Activities

Research interests

Please visit my research blog, Ambroise Baker's Research, where I post details about my new publications, research impact, research activities and any important career progress.

My work focuses on how biodiversity and ecosystems respond to environmental change. Answering this question is critical to developing evidence-based policies to protect biodiversity, the environment and ecosystem services in the current context of global change. New evidences in my research chiefly come directly from field studies in the natural environment such as vegetation surveys and from palaeoecological investigations using biological proxies such as fossil pollen, fungal spore, macrofossil and phytolith.

Learning and Teaching Interests and Activities

I have a keen interest in teaching field skills in ecology and supervising student projects in my field of research.

I contribute to teaching the modules as follows:

  • (FY) Life on Earth
  • (Y1) Animal and Plant Biology
  • (Y2) Ecology and Biodiversity
  • (Y2) Science Communication and Bioethics
  • (Y3) Biogeography and Conservation

In addition, I have an interest in facilitating student’s and researcher’s writing by offering writing retreats.

Education/Academic qualification

University College London


PhD, University of Oxford


Master, Royal Holloway University of London


Bachelor, University of Reading


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fungal spores Agriculture & Biology
herbivores Agriculture & Biology
phytolith Earth & Environmental Sciences
biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
paleoecology Agriculture & Biology
functional role Earth & Environmental Sciences
cultural landscape Earth & Environmental Sciences
pollen Earth & Environmental Sciences

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Research Output 2013 2018

4 Citations (Scopus)
10 Downloads (Pure)

Agricultural origins on the Anatolian plateau

Baird, D., Fairbairn, A., Jenkins, E., Martin, L., Middleton, C., Pearson, J., Asouti, E., Edwards, Y., Kabukcu, C., Mustafaoglu, G., Russell, N., Bar-Yosef, O., Jacobsen, G., Wu, X., Baker, A. & Elliott, S., 3 Apr 2018, In : Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America. 115, 14, p. E3077-E3086

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Social Change
29 Downloads (Pure)

Eutrophication homogenizes shallow lake macrophyte assemblages over space and time

Salgado, J., Sayer, C., Brooks, S., Davidson, T., Goldsmith, B., Patmore, I., Baker, A. & Okamura, B., 11 Sep 2018, In : Ecosphere. 9, 9, e02406.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
space and time
4 Citations (Scopus)

Phytolith analysis reveals the intensity of past land use change in the Western Ghats biodiversity hotspot

Nogué, S., Whicher, K., Baker, A. G., Bhagwat, S. A. & Willis, K. J., 5 May 2017, In : Quaternary International. 437, p. 82-89 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

land use change
human activity
12 Citations (Scopus)

Quantification of population sizes of large herbivores and their long-term functional role in ecosystems using dung fungal spores

Baker, A. G., Cornelissen, P., Bhagwat, S. A., Vera, F. W. M. & Willis, K. J., 18 Apr 2016, In : Methods in Ecology and Evolution. 7, 11, p. 1273-1281 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
functional role
fungal spores
population size
10 Citations (Scopus)

Pollen productivity estimates from old-growth forest strongly differ from those obtained in cultural landscapes: Evidence from the Białowieża National Park, Poland

Baker, A. G., Zimny, M., Keczyński, A., Bhagwat, S. A., Willis, K. J. & Latałowa, M., 29 Jul 2015, In : Holocene. 26, 1, p. 80-92 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

cultural landscape
old-growth forest
national park