Ambroise is a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in field-based and landscape-scale research in the context of the Anthropocene. His focus is on freshwater biodiversity and re-wilding conservation strategies. His research is based on expertise in designing and carrying out data collection from the field and the lab, followed by appropriate statistical analyses tailored to the ecological question to be addressed. He is an experienced field botanist at ease with vascular plants and bryophytes from terrestrial and aquatic habitats. He has conducted vegetation surveys across temperate Europe, including in the New Forest, England, in The Forest of Białowieża, Poland, in The Oostvaarderplassen nature reserve, The Netherlands and around the Upper Lough Erne region, Northern Ireland. He also reports interesting floristic findings on my botany blog ‘Ambroise’s Botany’.

Current Position

Research Associate (UCL)

Selected Publications

Baker, A.G., Zimny, M., Keczyński, A., Bhagwat, S.A., Willis, K.J., Latałowa, M., 2015. Pollen productivity estimates from old-growth forest strongly differ from those obtained in cultural landscapes: Evidence from the Białowieża National Park, Poland. The Holocene. Published online July 29, 2015.

Seddon A.W.R., Mackay A.W., Baker, A.G., et al. (66 other authors), 2014. Looking forward through the past. Identification of fifty priority research questions in palaeoecology. Journal of Ecology 102, 256–267

Baker, A.G., Bhagwat, S.A., Willis, K.J. 2013. Do dung fungal spores make a good proxy for past distribution of large herbivores? Quaternary Science Reviews 62, 21–31.

Kirby, K.J. and Baker, A.G., 2013. The dynamics of pre-Neolithic landscapes and their relevance to modern conservation. In Trees, forested landscapes and grazing animals, edited by I.D. Rotherham, Earthscan, Routledge, Abingdon, pp 87-98.

Jenkins E.L., Baker A.G., Elliot S., 2011. Archaeological and ethnographic studies of plant use in Jordan using phytolith analysis. In Water, Life and Civilisation, edited by Mithen S. and Black E., Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Delabays, N., Bohren, C., Mermillod, G., Baker, A., and Vertenten, J. (2008) Breaking the life cycle of the Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) to exhaust the seed bank. I. Efficiency and optimisation of various mowing schemes. Revue Suisse d’Agriculture, 40, 143-149. (Publication in French with English abstract)

Delabays, N., Bohren, C., Mermillod, G., Baker, A., and Vertenten, J. (2008) Breaking the life cycle of the Common Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) to exhaust the seed bank. II. Efficiency of herbicides, used singly or in combination with mowing. Revue Suisse d’Agriculture, 40, 191-198. (Publication in French with English abstract).

Pescott O. & Baker A.G. 2015. Alien grasses in urban Sheffield: An update on Water Bent and some predicted colonists. The Sorby Record, 50, 62-65

Baker A.G. 2014. How does our society deal with your biological records? The Sorby Newsletter, no 566, p.8-9.

Baker A.G. & Pescott O. 2014. How did Polypogon viridis (Water Bent) find itself on the streets of the British Isles? BSBI news, no 125.

Baker A.G. 2014. Cymbalaria hepaticifolia (Corsican Toadflax) and Cotula squalida (Leptinella) newly recorded naturalised in vc 57, Derbyshire. BSBI news, no 125.

Pescott O & Baker A.G. 2013. Water bent (Polypogon viridis) new to Sheffield and South Yorkshire. The Sorby Newsletter, no 552, p.8-9

Baker A.G. & Southon G.E. 2013. Malling Toadflax Population New to Oxfordshire. BSBI News, no: 123, p.64.

Baker A.G. & Southon G.E. 2012. Moor Copse extension Site Flora. Site Flora scheme of the BSBI (Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland)