Thomas Baker

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Thomas Baker

Senior Research Officer

Room 266 , Life Science Building

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Fields of Research

  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Agroforestry (300701)
  • Agro-ecosystem function and prediction (300402)
  • Forestry biomass and bioproducts (300705)
  • Agricultural land management (300202)
  • Environment policy (440704)
  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Farm management, rural management and agribusiness (300208)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)
  • Forestry management and environment (300707)
  • Ecological impacts of climate change and ecological adaptation (410102)
  • Forestry product quality assessment (300708)
  • Wood fibre processing (300711)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in the environmental sciences (280111)
  • Integration of farm and forestry (260203)
  • Hardwood plantations (260201)
  • Native forests (260204)
  • Air quality, atmosphere and weather (180199)
  • Agricultural and environmental standards and calibrations (150401)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)
  • Forestry (260299)
  • Environmentally sustainable commercial services and tourism (110199)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Ecosystem adaptation to climate change (190102)


Total publications


Journal Article

(15 outputs)
2022Marais ZE, Baker TP, Hunt MA, Mendham D, 'Shelterbelt species composition and age determine structure: consequences for ecosystem services', Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment, 329 Article 107884. ISSN 0167-8809 (2022) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.agee.2022.107884 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Marais ZE; Hunt MA


2021Baker T, Marais ZE, Davidson NJ, Worledge D, Mendham DS, 'The role of open woodland in mitigating microclimatic extremes in agricultural landscapes', Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 118-126. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12466 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 4Web of Science - 4

Co-authors: Marais ZE; Davidson NJ; Mendham DS


2021Baker TP, Moroni MT, Hunt MA, Worledge D, Mendham DS, 'Temporal, environmental and spatial changes in the effect of windbreaks on pasture microclimate', Agricultural and Forest Meteorology, 297 Article 108265. ISSN 0168-1923 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.agrformet.2020.108265 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 10Web of Science - 10

Co-authors: Hunt MA


2021Harrison PA, Davidson NJ, Bailey TG, Jones Menna, Gilfedder L, et al., 'A decade of restoring a temperate woodland: Lessons learned and future directions', Ecological Management & Restoration, 22, (S2) pp. 164-174. ISSN 1839-3330 (2021) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/emr.12537 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

Co-authors: Harrison PA; Davidson NJ; Bailey TG; Jones Menna; Gilfedder L; Bridle K; Bowman DMJS; Richardson BJ; Wallis L; Potts BM


2019Baker TP, Scott RE, Neyland MG, Musk RA, 'Do forest edges reduce timber productivity - implications for retention forestry techniques', Forest Ecology and Management, 448 pp. 208-217. ISSN 0378-1127 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.foreco.2019.06.008 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Neyland MG


2019Marais ZE, Baker TP, O'Grady AP, England JR, Tinch D, et al., 'A natural capital approach to agroforestry decision-making at the farm scale', Forests, 10, (11) Article 980. ISSN 1999-4907 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.3390/f10110980 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 19

Co-authors: Marais ZE; Tinch D; Hunt MA


2018Baker TP, Moroni MT, Mendham DS, Smith R, Hunt MA, 'Impacts of windbreak shelter on crop and livestock production', Crop and Pasture Science, 69, (8) pp. 785-796. ISSN 1836-0947 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/CP17242 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 26Web of Science - 26

Co-authors: Hunt MA


2017Baker TP, Jordan GJ, Fountain-Jones NM, Balmer J, Dalton PJ, et al., 'Distance, environmental and substrate factors impacting recovery of bryophyte communities after harvesting', Applied Vegetation Science, 21, (1) pp. 64-75. ISSN 1402-2001 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/avsc.12343 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5Web of Science - 6

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Fountain-Jones NM; Balmer J; Dalton PJ; Baker SC


2017Fountain-Jones NM, Jordan GJ, Burridge CP, Wardlaw TJ, Baker TP, 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]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

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


2017Gale F, Baker T, 'Conceptualising code complexes': a case study of harvesting-related codes applying to forest operations in Tasmania, Australia', Forest Policy and Economics, 81 pp. 57-64. ISSN 1389-9341 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.forpol.2017.05.002 [eCite] [Details]

Co-authors: Gale F


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 - 9Web of Science - 9

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


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 - 36Web of Science - 36

Co-authors: Jordan GJ; Baker SC


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 - 26Web of Science - 26

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


2014Baker 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 (2014) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1071/BT13250 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 19Web of Science - 17

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


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 - 57Web of Science - 58

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


Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants


Total funding



Developing climate adaptation models to guide climate-resilient forest revegetation (2020)$48,305
This project aims to develop a tool to generate guidelines for the site-specific translocation of seed used for forest regeneration. Seed translocation is an increasingly important topic as seed from local areas may not be adapted to future climates and therefore may suffer from reduced productivity and health in the future. The use of seed from non-local areas may mitigate some of these negative factors. However, to identify where to source seed is a complex task This study will use genetic sequencing and climate modelling to predict seed source locations which will be adapted to future climates for a given revegetation site. We will focus on Eucalyptus obliqua, a key species in the Tasmanian native timber industry for which ensuring future productivity and health is a key concern.
Department of Premier and Cabinet ($48,305)
Climate Research Grants Program
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Harrison P; Steane DA; Baker T; Neyland M; Williams D
Perennial prosperity (2020 - 2023)$123,926
This project aims to disrupt the paradigm impeding the adoption of agroforestry systems. Despite well-known benefits of agroforestry, adoption has been low. Integrating trees into farming practice builds on-farm natural capital, increases the flow of ecosystem services and increases enterprise productivity and profitability. This project will apply natural capital accounting to integrate the flow of services associated with agroforestry assets into the enterprise accounts, by integrating the ecological and financial balance sheets for agroforestry systems targeting commercial and environmental returns. We will establish best-practice demonstration plantings in partnership with innovative enterprises and their advisors to build knowledge, awareness and capability around enterprise-scale agroforestry and natural capital accounting. This will build confidence within the agricultural sector around the integration of trees into agricultural landscapes for both ecological and financial returns. This project aligns well with current research in Theme 1 of the ARC Training Centre for Forest Value and with future planned research in a new Training Centre bid.
Department of Agriculture and Water Resources ($123,926)
Grant-NLP2 Smart Farms Partnerships
Administered By
CSIRO-Commonwealth Scientific & Industrial Research Organisation
Research Team
O'Grady AP; Baker T; O'Reilly-Wapstra JM
2020 - 2023
A forest resource characterisation of Tasmania Stage 1 of 2 Feasibility (2019)$65,000
This project is Stage 1. Feasibility of a two part project on developing more accurate and reliable models that can provide estimates of hardwood log outputs alignment to primary product outcomes, from both private and publically owned native forest and plantation hardwood estates, by region and location. This stage shall collect, collate and compile available existing data and information on the Tasmanianestates. Stage 2. Modelling and Validation, will depend on the industry participant's response to the outcomes of Stage 1 and would aim to develop a base state-wide modelling system that can be employedover repeat cycles. Stage 2 presently has no request for funding, but it is recommended a further $500,000 is retained in the NIFPI account to fund this stage, which will immediately follow the Feasibility Study.
FWPA - National Institute for Forest Products Innovation ($65,000)
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
O'Reilly-Wapstra JM; Vega Rivero MH; Baker T; Montgomery J

Research Supervision




PhDA Natural Capital Approach to Agroforestry Decision-making
Candidate: Zara Emma Marais