PROF Patrick Baker

PROF Patrick Baker


  • Palaeoclimatology
  • Palaeoecology
  • Silviculture



    Patrick Baker is an ARC Future Fellow and Associate Professor of Silviculture and Forest Ecology in the Department of Forest and Ecosystem Science, Melbourne School of Land and Environment, at the University of Melbourne. He has a BA from Bowdoin College (1989) and a Masters of Forestry from Yale University (1993). He completed his PhD in Forest Ecology and Management at the University of Washington in 2001. His PhD research focused on understanding the historical stand dynamics of a seasonal tropical forest in western Thailand. He worked as post-doctoral research fellow for the US Forest Service and The Nature Conservance of Hawaii from 2001-2004 studying the silviculture of Acacia koa. From 2004 to 2012 Baker was a Lecturer (2004-08) and Senior Lecturer (2008-12) in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. He moved to the University of Melbourne in late 2012.   


Member of

  • Tree-Ring Society. Member, Executive Council 2013 - 2014


Selected publications


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Education and training

  • PhD, University of Washington 2001
  • MF, Yale University 1993
  • BA, Bowdoin College 1989

Awards and honors

  • Award for innovation in botanical teaching, Australian Plant Society, 2010



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I am available to supervise PhD and Masters research projects in the areas of forest dynamics, silviculture, and dendrochronology. I am particularly interested in projects at the interface of ecology, silviculture and climate. Current students include: Thuy Nguyen (2012-2016) Dynamics of deciduous dipterocarp forests in Central Vietnam Arne Matthesius (2011-2015) Dynamics of mixed species eucalpyt forests in eastern Victoria Heidi Zimmer (2011-2015) Ecology of the wollemi pine