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Sue Baker

Research Fellow

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Dr Sue Baker is a Research Fellow in forest ecology and conservation biology. She studies a wide variety of biodiversity groups and ecosystem processes and supervises several research students. Her research aims to improve conservation of forest biodiversity through developing better logging practices and reserve networks. Sue’s time working for the forest industry provides important practical background, enabling her to work very closely with forest management agencies in Australia and internationally to translate research findings into management outcomes. Sue is a globally recognised expert in retention forestry practices. She also participates in marine research as a volunteer diver with Reef Life Survey Foundation.

Career summary

Qualifications

Degree

Thesis title

 

University

Country

Date of award

PhD

Edge and riparian effects on forest litter beetles in relation to reserve design

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

2006

BSc (1st Class Hons)

Forest litter beetles and their habitat: A comparison of forest regenerated by wildfire and logging practices

 

University of Tasmania

Australia

2000

BFSc

  

University of Melbourne

Australia

1993

Languages (other than English)

Spanish (TAFE Certificate Level III)

Biography

After completing her BSc (Hons) and PhD studying responses of beetles to forest management practices, Sue worked for Forestry Tasmania for five years developing and researching variable retention as an alternative to clearfelling. Her work demonstrated benefits to plants and animals of this new logging system, which is now adopted in Tasmanian high conservation value forests.

In 2010, Sue was awarded a forest industry scholarship to spend a year in the International Fellowship Program at the World Forest Institute in Portland, USA where she conducted the project ‘Seeking a balance between forestry and biodiversity – the role of variable retention silviculture. Insights from western USA and Canada’.

On her return to Australia, Sue received an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship (Industry) for an ARC-Linkage project ‘Managing variable retention harvesting to maintain forest biodiversity – effect of forest influence and successional stage on recolonisation’. During this time she was awarded the Fulbright Australia post-doctoral scholarship to conduct plant and beetle surveys in USA. Sue’s current position is Research Fellow on the project ‘A new integrated approach for ecologically sustainable forest management’. This ARC-Linkage grant partners with Forestry Tasmania and VicForests.

Sue’s love of adventure and conservation volunteering has included conducting seabird surveys in Antarctica and Macquarie Island, and dive survey expeditions to awesome places like Galapagos Is., Okinawa (Japan), Rose Atoll (American Samoa), Raja Ampat (West Papua) and Arnhem Land (Australia).

Recent Activity - Expedition Class Tree House Challenge

Sue participated in a primary schools forest education project, the Expedition Class Tree House Challenge. This video was produced by Daisy Pyefinch from Lenah Valley Primary School.

LVPS Treehouse Challenge (made by Daisy) from David  Pyefinch on Vimeo.

Research Themes

Sue’s research is closely aligned to the University’s research theme ‘Environment, Resources and Sustainability’. She is interested in understanding the spatial (from local to global) and temporal impacts of harvesting systems and conservation measures on plant and animal habitats and populations. By studying the impact of various commercial logging practices on key indicator groups, results can be synthesized into recommendations for management practices necessary for effective conservation. Sue works collaboratively with scientists and industry professionals to develop policies, practices and monitoring systems that can achieve these objectives in a practical way. Her research has resulted in ~50 journal articles including two in Nature.

Forestry impacts on ground-active beetles and other biodiversity

Sue’s honours and PhD research focused on the extremely diverse communities of beetles that inhabit the forest floor. She showed that ground-active beetles are highly sensitive to forest management and environmental gradients such as edge and riparian effects. Her edge effects research is used to inform reserve designs in forestry areas. Sue continues to research beetles, but has expanded her scope to other biodiversity groups to build a more unified view of management impacts on biodiversity.

Variable retention as an alternative to clearfelling

Sue is an internationally recognised expert on variable retention silviculture and has participated in several international collaborations including leading a global field study of biological responses to this harvesting approach. She previously worked for Forestry Tasmania as a conservation biologist and developed and researched variable retention as an alternative to clearfelling in wet eucalypt forests. The ‘aggregated retention’ logging system went from concept to operational practice around Tasmania and Sue’s research has shown that outcomes for biodiversity are better than with traditional clearfelling. She received World Forest Institute and Fulbright Postdoctoral fellowships to study variable retention in North America in 2010 and 2012.

Forest influence - edge effects into harvested areas

Sue co-ordinated an ARC-Linkage grant investigating the ecological basis for a management ‘forest influence’ target aiming to facilitate biodiversity re-establishment following harvesting. A team of students and researchers surveyed birds, beetles, plants, bryophytes, microclimate and habitat variables along transects into regenerating clearfells; also documenting how communities changed with forest succession. Proximity to unlogged mature forest was found to facilitate recovery of nearby harvested areas, but different spatial and temporal scales of recovery were evident for the taxa surveyed.

Cost-effective monitoring approaches for forest biodiversity

Sue is currently co-ordinating an ARC-Linkage grant that is investigating cost-efficient approaches to monitor forest biodiversity: metabarcoding for beetles, automated call recognition for birds from acoustic recorders, and remote sensing for plants.

Memberships

Professional practice

  • Ecological Society of Australia
  • Ecological Society of America
  • Institute of Foresters of Australia
  • Society for Conservation Biology
  • Australian Entomological Society
  • Reef Life Survey Foundation
  • Fulbright Alumni Association

Administrative expertise

Sue’s role as Research Fellow on two ARC Linkage grants has involved managing large projects with multiple staff and students.

Teaching

Field methods in biology, invertebrate ecology, community ecology

Teaching expertise

Sue has experience giving lectures and running practicals for undergraduate students at UTAS. She loves to enthuse students about field-based invertebrate collection and laboratory identification. She also enjoys working with school groups. Sue attended the International Educators Institute in USA in 2010 (a week-long study tour for teachers and natural resources professionals).

Research Appointments

Editorial advisory board member for Forest Ecology and Management

Research Invitations

  • 2016: Invitation by the World Forestry Centre and the Society for American Foresters as an expert panellist in ‘The Hagenstein Lectures – Emerging Voices in Forestry’
  • 2013: Expert witness to Tasmanian Legislative Council Select Committee on the Tasmanian Forest Agreement Bill 2012
  • 2012: Fulbright post-doctoral scholar with University of Washington and WA Department of Natural Resources
  • 2011: Invited workshop participant ‘Global overview of tree retention as a biodiversity conservation tool’, Krusenberg, Sweden
  • 2010: Visiting Scholar, Michigan Technological University, Houghton USA
  • 2010: Courtesy Faculty appointment, Oregon State University, USA
  • 2004: Junior Visiting Fellow, School of Natural Resources, Queensland University of  Technology, Australia
  • 2002: Visiting Research Associate, Canterbury Museum, New Zealand

View more on Dr Sue Baker in WARP

Expertise

  • Forest management practices for both native and plantation forestry
  • Impacts of forestry on biodiversity
  • Reservation approaches to maintain biodiversity in managed landscapes
  • Interactions between biological communities and site variables
  • Fire ecology
  • Landscape ecology
  • Forest fragmentation, edge effects and forest influence
  • Field methods in forest ecology
  • Invertebrate collection, identification and curation
  • Statistical methods in ecology
  • Science communication and engagement with forest industry and general public
  • Adaptive management
  • Long-term research at the Warra TERN SuperSite

Awards

  • 2012: Fulbright Australia Post-doctoral Fellowship to conduct research with the University of Washington Seattle and the Washington Department of Natural Resources.
  • 2012: UTAS Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology Research Excellence Award. Awarded to the Plant Evolutionary Biology Research Group.
  • 2010: ARC Post-doctoral Fellowship – Industry.
  • 2010: Gottstein Trust/FWPA/WFI World Forest Institute Fellowship, Portland USA.
  • 2003: Phil Carne Prize Highly Commended Paper for “No long-term differences in litter invertebrates after logging and wildfire in wet eucalypt forest.”

Collaboration

Sue’s current ARC-Linkage project involves close collaboration with Forestry Tasmania, VicForests and the US Forest Service. She has collaborated with researchers and forest management agencies across Australia, Scandinavia, USA, Canada and Argentina

(e.g. https://academic.oup.com/bioscience/article/62/7/633/243304/Retention-Forestry-to-Maintain-Multifunctional). Sue led a research collaboration to investigate biological responses to retention forestry in Australia, Sweden, Minnesota and Washington State USA

(http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eap.1406/abstract). Lena Gustafsson, Jerry Franklin, Tom Spies, Charlie Halpern and Bill Beese have been influential collaborators and mentors.

Current projects

A new integrated approach for ecologically sustainable forest management

This ARC-Linkage grant with Forestry Tasmania and VicForests is in progress, with four PhD students and several honours students. The project will develop new, more efficient ways to measure forest biodiversity (machine learning recognisers for bird calls from acoustic recorders, metabarcoding for beetles and remote sensing for plants). Collaboration with experts in decision science at Melbourne University will create new models that will allow forest managers to decide where and when to harvest or reserve forests.

Fields of Research

  • Conservation and Biodiversity (050202)
  • Terrestrial Ecology (060208)
  • Forestry Management and Environment (070504)
  • Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
  • Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases (070505)
  • Behavioural Ecology (060201)
  • Natural Resource Management (050209)
  • Community Ecology (060202)
  • Freshwater Ecology (060204)
  • Animal Behaviour (060801)
  • Invertebrate Biology (060808)
  • Biogeography and Phylogeography (060302)
  • Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics (060411)
  • Environmental Management (050205)
  • Evolutionary Biology (060399)
  • Ecological Physiology (060203)

Research Objectives

  • Native Forests (820104)
  • Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960806)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Hardwood Plantations (820101)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments (960505)
  • Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960801)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments (960507)
  • Forest and Woodlands Land Management (960906)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences (970106)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Urban and Industrial Environments (961310)
  • Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments (961306)
  • Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  • Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments (960506)
  • Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation (960699)
  • Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales (960805)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences (970103)

Publications

Dr Sue Baker has numerous publications on various aspects of ecologically sustainable forest management. She has also published in the fields of forest pest management, Antarctic science and global marine conservation. She focuses on publishing in top-quartile journals, including Nature, Biological Conservation, Ecological Applications, BioScience, Forest Ecology and Management, and Conservation Letters. A recent major contribution was a cross-continental study of retention forestry and biodiversity (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/eap.1406/abstract).

Sue is a member of the editorial advisory board for Forest Ecology and Management and regularly reviews papers for various academic journals and book chapters. She has reviewed ARC funding proposals in the Discovery, DECRA, Future Fellowship and Linkage programs.

Total publications

53

Highlighted publications

(11 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2016Journal ArticleBaker SC, Halpern CB, Wardlaw TJ, Kern C, Edgar GJ, et al., 'A cross-continental comparison of plant and beetle responses to retention of forest patches during timber harvest', Ecological Applications, 26, (8) pp. 2493-2504. ISSN 1051-0761 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/eap.1406 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Wardlaw TJ; Edgar GJ; Thomson RJ

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2014Journal ArticleFedrowitz K, Koricheva J, Baker SC, Lindenmayer DB, Palik B, et al., 'Can retention forestry help conserve biodiversity? A meta-analysis', Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, (6) pp. 1669-1679. ISSN 0021-8901 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12289 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 55

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2014Journal ArticleEdgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Willis TJ, Kininmonth SJ, Baker SC, et al., 'Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features', Nature, 506, (7487) pp. 216-220. ISSN 0028-0836 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature13022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 306Web of Science - 273

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Kininmonth SJ; Barrett NS; Berkhout J; Buxton CD; Cooper AT; Davey M; Soler G; Thomson RJ

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2013Journal ArticleBaker SC, Spies TA, Wardlaw TJ, Balmer J, Franklin JF, et al., 'The harvested side of edges: Effect of retained forests on the re-establishment of biodiversity in adjacent harvested areas', Forest Ecology and Management, 302 pp. 107-121. ISSN 0378-1127 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.03.024 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46

Co-authors: Balmer J; Jordan GJ

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2013Journal ArticleStuart-Smith RD, Bates AE, Lefcheck JS, Duffy JE, Baker SC, et al., 'Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity', Nature, 501 pp. 539-542. ISSN 0028-0836 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature12529 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 115Web of Science - 104

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Bates AE; Thomson RJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Hill NA; Soler GA; Edgar GJ

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2012Journal ArticleGustafsson L, Baker SC, Bauhus J, Beese WJ, Brodie A, et al., 'Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective', Bioscience, 62, (7) pp. 633 - 645. ISSN 0006-3568 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.7.6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 221Web of Science - 205

Co-authors: Neyland M

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2012Journal ArticleLindenmayer DB, Franklin JF, Lohmus A, Baker SC, Bauhus J, et al., 'A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues', Conservation Letters, 5, (6) pp. 421-431. ISSN 1755-263X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00257.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 123Web of Science - 114

Co-authors: Neyland M

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2011Journal ArticleBaker SC, Read SM, 'Variable retention silviculture in Tasmania's wet forests: ecological rationale, adaptive management and synthesis of biodiversity benefits', Australian Forestry, 74, (3) pp. 218-232. ISSN 0004-9158 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2011.10676365 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 37

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2009Journal ArticleBaker SC, Grove SJ, Forster L, Bonham KJ, Bashford D, 'Short-term responses of ground-active beetles to alternative silvicultural systems in the Warra Silvicultural Systems Trial, Tasmania, Australia', Forest Ecology and Management, 258, (4) pp. 444-459. ISSN 0378-1127 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2009.03.044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 16

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2007Journal ArticleBaker SC, Barmuta LA, McQuillan PB, Richardson AMM, 'Estimating edge effects on ground dwelling beetles at clearfelled non-riparian stand edges in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest', Forest Ecology and Management, 239, (1-3) pp. 92-101. ISSN 0378-1127 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.11.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; McQuillan PB; Richardson AMM

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2004Journal ArticleBaker SC, Richardson AMM, Seeman OD, Barmuta LA, 'Does clearfell, burn and sow silviculture mimic the effect of wildfire? A field study and review using litter beetles', Forest Ecology and Management, 199, (2-3) pp. 433-448. ISSN 0378-1127 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2004.05.047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Richardson AMM; Seeman OD; Barmuta LA

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Journal Article

(47 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Baker SC, Grove SJ, Wardlaw TJ, McElwee DJ, Neyland MG, et al., 'Monitoring the implementation of variable retention silviculture in wet eucalypt forest: A key element of successful adaptive management', Forest Ecology and Management, 394 pp. 27-41. ISSN 0378-1127 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.03.013 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Grove SJ; Wardlaw TJ; Neyland MG

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2017Curzon MT, Baker SC, Kern CC, Palik BJ, D'Amato AW, 'Influence of mature overstory trees on adjacent 12-Year regeneration and the woody understory: aggregated retention versus intact forest', Forests, 8, (2) Article 31. ISSN 1999-4907 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f8020031 [eCite] [Details]

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2017Fountain-Jones NM, Jordan GJ, Burridge CP, Wardlaw TJ, Baker T, et al., 'Trophic position determines functional and phylogenetic recovery after disturbance within a community', Functional Ecology, 31, (7) pp. 1441-1451. ISSN 0269-8463 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2435.12845 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Fountain-Jones NM; Jordan GJ; Burridge CP; Wardlaw TJ; Baker T; Forster L; Petersfield M

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2017Stuart-Smith RD, Edgar GJ, Barrett NS, Bates AE, Baker SC, et al., 'Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs', Bioscience, 67, (2) pp. 134-146. ISSN 0006-3568 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1093/biosci/biw180 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Edgar GJ; Barrett NS; Bax NJ; Berkhout J; Blanchard JL; Cooper AT; Day PB; Kininmonth S; Ling SD

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2017Wood SW, Wardlaw TJ, Pryde EC, Baker SC, 'Landscape structure and mature forest biodiversity in wet eucalypt forests: a spatial analysis of timber production areas in South-Eastern Australia', Forests, 8, (3) Article 89. ISSN 1999-4907 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f8030089 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Wood SW; Wardlaw TJ

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2017Elek JA, Baker SC, 'Timing and frequency are the critical factors affecting the impact of defoliation on long term growth of plantation eucalypts', Forest Ecology and Management, 391 pp. 1-8. ISSN 0378-1127 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2017.02.004 [eCite] [Details]

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2016Baker TP, Baker SC, Dalton PJ, Fountain-Jones NM, Jordan GJ, 'Temporal persistence of edge effects on bryophytes within harvested forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 375 pp. 223-229. ISSN 0378-1127 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.05.044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Baker TP; Dalton PJ; Fountain-Jones NM; Jordan GJ

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2016van Galen LG, Baker SC, Dalton PJ, Jordan GJ, 'The effectiveness of streamside versus upslope reserves in conserving log-associated bryophytes of native production forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 373 pp. 66-73. ISSN 0378-1127 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.04.030 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: van Galen LG; Dalton PJ; Jordan GJ

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2016Baker SC, Halpern CB, Wardlaw TJ, Kern C, Edgar GJ, et al., 'A cross-continental comparison of plant and beetle responses to retention of forest patches during timber harvest', Ecological Applications, 26, (8) pp. 2493-2504. ISSN 1051-0761 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1002/eap.1406 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Wardlaw TJ; Edgar GJ; Thomson RJ

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2016Baker TP, Jordan GJ, Baker SC, 'Microclimatic edge effects in a recently harvested forest: do remnant forest patches create the same impact as large forest areas?', Forest Ecology and Management, 365 pp. 128-136. ISSN 0378-1127 (2016) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2016.01.022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Baker TP; Jordan GJ

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2015Fountain-Jones NM, Baker SC, Jordan GJ, 'Moving beyond the guild concept: developing a practical functional trait framework for terrestrial beetles', Ecological Entomology, 40, (1) pp. 1-13. ISSN 0307-6946 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/een.12158 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 8Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Fountain-Jones NM; Jordan GJ

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2015Fountain-Jones NM, Jordan GJ, Baker TP, Balmer JM, Wardlaw T, et al., 'Living near the edge: being close to mature forest increases the rate of succession in beetle communities', Ecological Applications, 25, (3) pp. 800-811. ISSN 1051-0761 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1890/14-0334.1 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Fountain-Jones NM; Jordan GJ; Baker TP; Balmer JM

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2015Puettmann KJ, Wilson SMcG, Baker SC, Donoso PJ, Drossler L, et al., 'Silvicultural alternatives to conventional even-aged forest management - what limits global adoption?', Forest Ecosystems, 2, (8) pp. 1-16. ISSN 2095-6355 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1186/s40663-015-0031-x [eCite] [Details]

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2015Stuart-Smith RD, Bates AE, Lefcheck JS, Duffy JE, Baker SC, et al., 'The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation', Marine Policy, 51 pp. 148-150. ISSN 0308-597X (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.marpol.2014.07.002 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 1Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Thomson RJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Hill NA; Soler G; Strain EMA; Edgar GJ

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2015Baker SC, Halpern CB, Wardlaw TJ, Crawford RL, Bigley RE, et al., 'Short- and long-term benefits for forest biodiversity of retaining unlogged patches in harvested areas', Forest Ecology and Management, 353 pp. 187-195. ISSN 0378-1127 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2015.05.021 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 11

Co-authors: Wardlaw TJ; Edgar GJ; Jordan GJ; Karpievitch YV; Thompson RJ

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2014Edgar GJ, Stuart-Smith RD, Willis TJ, Kininmonth SJ, Baker SC, et al., 'Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features', Nature, 506, (7487) pp. 216-220. ISSN 0028-0836 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature13022 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 306Web of Science - 273

Co-authors: Edgar GJ; Stuart-Smith RD; Kininmonth SJ; Barrett NS; Berkhout J; Buxton CD; Cooper AT; Davey M; Soler G; Thomson RJ

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2014Fedrowitz K, Koricheva J, Baker SC, Lindenmayer DB, Palik B, et al., 'Can retention forestry help conserve biodiversity? A meta-analysis', Journal of Applied Ecology, 51, (6) pp. 1669-1679. ISSN 0021-8901 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/1365-2664.12289 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 60Web of Science - 55

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2014Hingston AB, Jordan GJ, Wardlaw TJ, Baker SC, 'Bird assemblages in Tasmanian clearcuts are influenced by the age of eucalypt regeneration but not by distance from mature forest', Global Ecology and Conservation, 2 pp. 138-147. ISSN 2351-9894 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.gecco.2014.09.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Co-authors: Hingston AB; Jordan GJ

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2014Baker TP, Jordan GJ, Steel EA, Fountain-Jones NM, Wardlaw TJ, et al., 'Microclimate through space and time: microclimatic variation at the edge of regeneration forests over daily, yearly and decadal time scales', Forest Ecology and Management, 334 pp. 174-184. ISSN 0378-1127 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2014.09.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 13Web of Science - 14

Co-authors: Baker TP; Jordan GJ; Fountain-Jones NM

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2013Baker SC, Garandel M, Deltombe M, Neyland MG, 'Factors influencing initial vascular plant seedling composition following either aggregated retention harvesting and regeneration burning or burning of unharvested forest', Forest Ecology and Management, 306 pp. 192-201. ISSN 0378-1127 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.06.027 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Neyland MG

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2013Baker SC, Spies TA, Wardlaw TJ, Balmer J, Franklin JF, et al., 'The harvested side of edges: Effect of retained forests on the re-establishment of biodiversity in adjacent harvested areas', Forest Ecology and Management, 302 pp. 107-121. ISSN 0378-1127 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2013.03.024 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 46

Co-authors: Balmer J; Jordan GJ

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2013Baker TP, Jordan GJ, Dalton PJ, Baker SC, 'Impact of distance to mature forest on the recolonisation of bryophytes in a regenerating Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest', Australian Journal of Botany, 61, (8) pp. 633-642. ISSN 0067-1924 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT13250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Baker TP; Jordan GJ; Dalton PJ

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2013Stuart-Smith RD, Bates AE, Lefcheck JS, Duffy JE, Baker SC, et al., 'Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity', Nature, 501 pp. 539-542. ISSN 0028-0836 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1038/nature12529 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 115Web of Science - 104

Co-authors: Stuart-Smith RD; Bates AE; Thomson RJ; Stuart-Smith JF; Hill NA; Soler GA; Edgar GJ

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2012Gustafsson L, Baker SC, Bauhus J, Beese WJ, Brodie A, et al., 'Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective', Bioscience, 62, (7) pp. 633 - 645. ISSN 0006-3568 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1525/bio.2012.62.7.6 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 221Web of Science - 205

Co-authors: Neyland M

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2012Hindrum L, Hovenden MJ, Neyland MG, Baker SC, 'The effects of mechanical disturbance and burn intensity on the floristic composition of two-year old aggregated retention coupes in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 279 pp. 55-65. ISSN 0378-1127 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.05.003 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 8

Co-authors: Hindrum L; Hovenden MJ; Neyland MG

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2012Lindenmayer DB, Franklin JF, Lohmus A, Baker SC, Bauhus J, et al., 'A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues', Conservation Letters, 5, (6) pp. 421-431. ISSN 1755-263X (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-263X.2012.00257.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 123Web of Science - 114

Co-authors: Neyland M

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2012Scott RE, Neyland MG, McElwee DJ, Baker SC, 'Burning outcomes following aggregated retention harvesting in old-growth wet eucalypt forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 276 pp. 165-173. ISSN 0378-1127 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2012.03.026 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 13

Co-authors: Scott RE; Neyland MG

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2012Stephens HC, Baker SC, Potts BM, Munks SA, Stephens D, et al., 'Short-term responses of native rodents to aggregated retention in old growth wet Eucalyptus forests', Forest Ecology and Management, 267 pp. 18-27. ISSN 0378-1127 (2012) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2011.11.037 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Stephens HC; Potts BM; Munks SA; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM

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2011Baker SC, Read SM, 'Variable retention silviculture in Tasmania's wet forests: ecological rationale, adaptive management and synthesis of biodiversity benefits', Australian Forestry, 74, (3) pp. 218-232. ISSN 0004-9158 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00049158.2011.10676365 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 39Web of Science - 37

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2011Koch AJ, Baker SC, 'Using aerial photographs to remotely assess tree hollow availability', Biodiversity and Conservation, 20, (5) pp. 1089-1101. ISSN 0960-3115 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-011-0018-z [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 7Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Koch AJ

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2009Baker S, Barmuta L, Grove S, Richardson A, 'Are streamside buffers edge-affected habitat for ground-dwelling forest beetle assemblages? ', Biodiversity and Conservation, 18, (13) pp. 3467-3482. ISSN 0960-3115 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-009-9655-x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 5

Co-authors: Barmuta L; Richardson A

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2009Baker SC, Barmuta LA, Richardson AMM, 'Response of ground-dwelling beetles across logging coupe edges into streamside reserves', Australian Journal of Entomology, 48, (3) pp. 194-203. ISSN 1326-6756 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2009.00694.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; Richardson AMM

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2009Baker SC, Grove SJ, Forster L, Bonham KJ, Bashford D, 'Short-term responses of ground-active beetles to alternative silvicultural systems in the Warra Silvicultural Systems Trial, Tasmania, Australia', Forest Ecology and Management, 258, (4) pp. 444-459. ISSN 0378-1127 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2009.03.044 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 16

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2009Barbour RC, Baker SC, O'Reilly-Wapstra JM, Harvest TMA, Potts BM, 'A footprint of tree-genetics on the biota of the forest floor', Oikos, 118, (12) pp. 1917-1923. ISSN 0030-1299 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1600-0706.2009.17609.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 20Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Barbour RC; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Harvest TMA; Potts BM

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2009Barbour RC, Forster LG, Baker SC, Steane DA, Potts BM, 'Biodiversity consequences of genetic variation in bark characteristics within a foundation tree species', Conservation Biology, 23, (5) pp. 1146-1155. ISSN 0888-8892 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1523-1739.2009.01247.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 21Web of Science - 21

Co-authors: Barbour RC; Forster LG; Steane DA; Potts BM

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2007Baker SC, Barmuta LA, McQuillan PB, Richardson AMM, 'Estimating edge effects on ground dwelling beetles at clearfelled non-riparian stand edges in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest', Forest Ecology and Management, 239, (1-3) pp. 92-101. ISSN 0378-1127 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2006.11.012 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Barmuta LA; McQuillan PB; Richardson AMM

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2007Baker SC, Richardson AMM, Barmuta LA, 'Site effects outweigh riparian influences on ground-dwelling beetles adjacent to first order streams in wet eucalypt forest', Biodiversity and Conservation, 16, (7) pp. 1999-2014. ISSN 0960-3115 (2007) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-006-9056-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Richardson AMM; Barmuta LA

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2006Baker SC, 'A comparison of litter beetle assemblages (Coleoptera) in mature and recently clearfelled Eucalyptus obliqua forest', Australian Journal of Entomology, 45, (2) pp. 130-136. ISSN 1326-6756 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-6055.2006.00526.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 23Web of Science - 23

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2006Baker SC, Barmuta LA, 'Evaluating spatial autocorrelation and depletion in pitfall-trap studies of environmental gradients', Journal of Insect Conservation, 10, (3) pp. 269-276. ISSN 1366-638X (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10841-006-0016-8 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 33Web of Science - 32

Co-authors: Barmuta LA

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2006Baker SC, Lauck V, 'Association of common brown froglets, Crinia signifera, with clearcut forest edges in Tasmania, Australia', Wildlife Research, 33, (1) pp. 29-34. ISSN 1035-3712 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/WR04120 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 9Web of Science - 7

Co-authors: Lauck V

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2006Baker SC, Richardson AMM, Barmuta LA, Thomson RJ, 'Why conservation reserves should not always be concentrated in riparian areas: A study of ground-dwelling beetles in wet eucalypt forest', Biological Conservation, 133, (2) pp. 156-168. ISSN 0006-3207 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.biocon.2006.05.029 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 14Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Richardson AMM; Barmuta LA; Thomson RJ

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2004Baker SC, Richardson AMM, Seeman OD, Barmuta LA, 'Does clearfell, burn and sow silviculture mimic the effect of wildfire? A field study and review using litter beetles', Forest Ecology and Management, 199, (2-3) pp. 433-448. ISSN 0378-1127 (2004) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2004.05.047 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 34Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Richardson AMM; Seeman OD; Barmuta LA

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2003Baker SC, Elek JA, Bashford R, Paterson SC, Madden JL, et al., 'Inundative release of coccinellid beetles into eucalypt plantations for biological control of chrysomelid leaf beetles', Agricultural and Forest Entomology, 5, (2) pp. 97-106. ISSN 1461-9555 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1046/j.1461-9563.2003.00169.x [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 11Web of Science - 9

Co-authors: Paterson SC; Madden JL; Battaglia M

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2002Baker SC, Elek JA, Candy SG, 'Comparison of feeding efficiency, development time and survival of Tasmanian eucalyptus leaf beetle larvae Chrysophtharta bimaculata (Olivier) (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae) on two hosts', Australian Journal of Entomology, 41 pp. 174-181. ISSN 1326-6756 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2002Candy SG, Baker SC, 'Calculating food consumption in the laboratory: a formula to adjust for natural weight loss', Australian Journal of Entomology, 41 pp. 170-173. ISSN 1326-6756 (2002) [Refereed Article]

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2001Baker SC, Barbraud C, 'Foods of the South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormickii at Ardery Island, Windmill Islands, Antarctica', Polar Biology, 24 pp. 59-61. ISSN 0722-4060 (2001) [Refereed Article]

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1998Barbraud C, Baker SC, 'Fulmarine Petrels and South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormickii populations on Ardery Island, Windmill Islands, Antarctica', Emu: Austral Ornithology, 98 pp. 234-236. ISSN 0158-4197 (1998) [Refereed Article]

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Chapter in Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2016Baker S, 'Tall, wet eucalypt forests in Tasmania, Australia', Ecological Forest Management Handbook, CRC Press, Taylor and Francis Group, GR Larocque (ed), Boca Raton, USA, pp. 22-24. ISBN 9781482247855 (2016) [Other Book Chapter]

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2012Baker S, 'Management of Tasmanian Eucalypt Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems', Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems, Routledge, C Messier, KJ Puettmann, KD Coates (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 269-2. ISBN 978-0-415-51977-9 (2012) [Other Book Chapter]

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Conference Publication

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YearCitationAltmetrics
1999Mendham NJ, Baker SC, Dingle JK, Smethurst PJ, Beadle CL, et al., 'Impact of Competition from Weeds on Early Growth Eucalypts and Pines at Five Sites in Tasmania and Victoria', Practising Forestry Today, 3-8 October 1999, Hobart, pp. 187-187. ISBN 0959459286 (1999) [Non Refereed Conference Paper]

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Co-authors: Mendham NJ; Dingle JK; Smethurst PJ; Beadle CL; Adams P; Holz GK; Hetherington S; Naughton P

Other Creative Work

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2011Baker SC, 'Seeking a balance between forestry and biodiversity - the role of variable retention silviculture. Insights from western USA and Canada', Forest & Wood Products Australia, Melbourne, pp. 60 (2011) [Minor Creative Work]

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Thesis

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2006Baker SC, 'Ecology and conservation of ground-dwelling beetles in managed wet eucalypt forest: edge and riparian effects' (2006) [PhD]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2010Baker SC, 'Evolution of variable retention: Western Canada, the USA and Tasmania', BC Forest Professional Magazine, International Perspectives on Forestry, Vancouver, Nov - Dec 2010 (2010) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

As well as numerous smaller grants and fellowships, I co-wrote two successful ARC-Linkage grant applications. For the first of these I was a named investigator and recipient of an ARC Postdoctoral Fellowship – Industry: LP1010050, ‘Managing Variable Retention Harvesting to Maintain Forest Biodiversity - Effects of Forest Influence and Successional Stage on Recolonisation’. I co-wrote the application for our second Linkage grant and was subsequently employed as the research fellow: LP140100075, ‘A new integrated approach for ecologically sustainable forest management’, $410,933 (Jordan, Burridge, Lucieer, Karpievitch, Vesk, Wardlaw, Powell, Spies).

Funding Summary

Number of grants

5

Total funding

$556,568

Projects

Machine learning algorithms to classify bird calls from acoustic data (2017 - 2019)$52,000
Description
A PhD scholarship: a study that evaluates the performance of machine learning algorithms in analysing digitally-recorded data to classify bird calls
Funding
Forest Practices Authority ($4,000); Forestry Tasmania ($15,000); Southern Regional Natural Resource Management Association Inc ($9,000); Tasmanian Land Conservancy ($9,000); VicForests ($15,000)
Scheme
Contract Research
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Charleston M; Jordan GJ; Baker SC; Whitemore S
Period
2017 - 2019
Developing an index for classifying forest maturity (2016)$2,000
Description
I aim to develop an index to classify forest maturity that can be used by the managers of Tasmania's wet eucalypt forests to efficiently and economically classify forest stands. The project will initially investigate which biological and structural variables are associated with wet eucalypt forests of different successional stages, and whether these variables can be used as indicators to define maturity level. I then aim to develop a statistically derived, quick and easy to use index that describes forest maturity.
Funding
Ecological Society of Australia Limited ($2,000)
Scheme
Scholarship - Applied Forest Ecology
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jordan GJ; Baker SC; Van Galen LG
Year
2016
The Effects of Forest Influence and Successional Stage on beetle Diversity (2012)$2,400
Funding
Institute of Foresters of Australia ($2,400)
Scheme
Grant-Maxwell Ralph Jacobs Fund
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jordan GJ; Fountain-Jones NM; Baker SC
Year
2012
A functional trait approach to understanding the impacts of current forest management practices on beetle diversity (2012 - 2014)$10,000
Funding
Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment ($10,000)
Scheme
Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jordan GJ; Burridge CP; Baker SC; Fountain-Jones NM
Period
2012 - 2014
Managing Variable Retention Harvesting to Maintain Forest Biodiversity - Effects of Forest Influence and Successional Stage on Recolonisation (2010 - 2012)$490,168
Description
This project will critically appraise and test 'forest influence', a poorly understood ecological concept that is pivotal to the sustainable management of forestry. It will determine whether a new and increasingly common approach, variable retention (VR) harvesting, will attain its objective of sustaining natural diversity in a managed forest landscape. It will do this by collecting and analysing data from two major and disparate forestry regions - Tasmania and the Pacific North-West of USA - and use these to assess how VR affects the colonisation of vascular plants, birds and beetles after forest harvesting. Knowledge gained will identify where and how VR silviculture provides greatest ecological benefits for practical forest management.
Funding
Australian Research Council ($355,000)
Collaborators
Forestry Tasmania ($120,168); Forests and Forest Industry Council of Tasmania ($15,000)
Scheme
Grant-Linkage Projects Round 1
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jordan GJ; Baker SC; Spies TA; Burridge CP; Wardlaw TJ; Franklin JF
Period
2010 - 2012
Grant Reference
LP1010050

Research Supervision

Dr Sue Baker greatly enjoys acting as a mentor for students. She is seeking HDR candidates interested in field and/or analytical studies of various aspects of biodiversity responses to forest management and disturbance. Sue has co-supervised several PhD, honours and undergraduate-level students:

  • PhD: Helen Stephens, Nick Fountain-Jones, Tom Baker, Bechu Yadav (current), Mingxin Liu (current), Scott Whitemore (current)
  • Honours: Liam Hindrum, Tom Baker, Morgana Petersfield, Laura van Galen, Richard White (current)
  • International intern students: Isabel Jaisli, Mona Garandel, Martin Deltombe
  • Dean’s summer scholarship students: Laura van Galen (x2), Simon Marshall

Current

3

Completed

3

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDRemote Sensing of Forest Inventory2015
PhDA New Integrated Approach for Ecologically Sustainable Forest Management: Beetle Barcoding2016
PhDAcoustic Sensing of Birds in Wet Eucalypt Forest2017

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDRecovery of Mature Forest Microclimate and Bryophyte Communities in Previously Logged Forests
Candidate: Thomas Peter Baker
2015
PhDExamining the effects of distance from mature forest and successional stage on beetle community recolonisation and assembly
Candidate: Nicholas Michael Fountain-Jones
2014
PhDThe effects of different forestry practices on two native rodent species, the swamp rat (Rattus lutreolus) and the long-tailed mouse (Pseudomys higginsi)
Candidate: Helen Catherine Stephens
2013