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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


Fingerprint Dive into the research topics where Ambroise Baker is active. These topic labels come from the works of this person. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

biodiversity Earth & Environmental Sciences
fungal spores Agriculture & Biology
macrophyte Earth & Environmental Sciences
eutrophication Agriculture & Biology
lakes Agriculture & Biology
herbivores Agriculture & Biology
phytolith Earth & Environmental Sciences
Dreissena polymorpha Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2013 2019

65 Downloads (Pure)

Connectivity and zebra mussel invasion offer short‐term buffering of eutrophication impacts on floodplain lake landscape biodiversity

Salgado, J., Sayer, C. D., Brooks, S. J., Davidson, T. A., Baker, A. G., Willby, N., Patmore, I. R., Goldsmith, B., Bennion, H., Okamura, B. & Leung, B. (ed.), 1 Aug 2019, In : Diversity and Distributions. 25, 8, p. 1334-1347 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Dreissena polymorpha

The effectiveness of aquatic plants as surrogates for wider biodiversity in standing fresh waters

Law, A., Baker, A., Sayer, C., Foster, G., Gunn, I. D. M., Taylor, P., Pattison, Z., Blaikie, J. & Willby, N. J., 15 Jul 2019, In : Freshwater Biology. 64, 9, p. 1664-1675 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

aquatic plant
aquatic plants
4 Citations (Scopus)
98 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 journalArticle

Open Access
Social Change
155 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 journalArticle

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., 8 Mar 2016, In : Quaternary International. 437, p. 82-89 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

land use change
human activity