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Researcher: Baker, SC (Dr Sue Baker)

Fields of Research

Conservation and Biodiversity
Terrestrial Ecology
Forestry Management and Environment
Forestry Pests, Health and Diseases
Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology)
Natural Resource Management
Behavioural Ecology
Biogeography and Phylogeography
Ecological Physiology
Animal Behaviour
Evolutionary Biology
Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics
Freshwater Ecology
Invertebrate Biology
Environmental Management
Community Ecology

Research Objectives

Native Forests
Forest and Woodlands Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
Hardwood Plantations
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Forest and Woodlands Environments
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Marine Environments
Forest and Woodlands Land Management
Expanding Knowledge in the Biological Sciences
Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Urban and Industrial Environments
Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Fresh, Ground and Surface Water Environments
Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity at Regional or Larger Scales
Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation
Remnant Vegetation and Protected Conservation Areas in Forest and Woodlands Environments
Expanding Knowledge in the Chemical Sciences

Career Best Publications

A cross-continental comparison of plant and beetle responses to retention of forest patches during timber harvest; Ecological Applications
A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues; Conservation Letters
Can retention forestry help conserve biodiversity? A meta-analysis; Journal of Applied Ecology
Does clearfell, burn and sow silviculture mimic the effect of wildfire? A field study and review using litter beetles; Forest Ecology and Management
Estimating edge effects on ground dwelling beetles at clearfelled non-riparian stand edges in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest; Forest Ecology and Management
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features; Nature
Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity; Nature
Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective; Bioscience
Short-term responses of ground-active beetles to alternative silvicultural systems in the Warra Silvicultural Systems Trial, Tasmania, Australia; Forest Ecology and Management
The harvested side of edges: Effect of retained forests on the re-establishment of biodiversity in adjacent harvested areas; Forest Ecology and Management
Variable retention silviculture in Tasmania's wet forests: ecological rationale, adaptive management and synthesis of biodiversity benefits; Australian Forestry

Research Publications

A comparison of litter beetle assemblages (Coleoptera) in mature and recently clearfelled Eucalyptus obliqua forest; Australian Journal of Entomology
A cross-continental comparison of plant and beetle responses to retention of forest patches during timber harvest; Ecological Applications
A footprint of tree-genetics on the biota of the forest floor; Oikos
A major shift to the retention approach for forestry can help resolve some global forest sustainability issues; Conservation Letters
Are streamside buffers edge-affected habitat for ground-dwelling forest beetle assemblages? ; Biodiversity and Conservation
Assessing national biodiversity trends for rocky and coral reefs through the integration of citizen science and scientific monitoring programs; Bioscience
Association of common brown froglets, Crinia signifera, with clearcut forest edges in Tasmania, Australia; Wildlife Research
Biodiversity consequences of genetic variation in bark characteristics within a foundation tree species; Conservation Biology
Bird assemblages in Tasmanian clearcuts are influenced by the age of eucalypt regeneration but not by distance from mature forest; Global Ecology and Conservation
Burning outcomes following aggregated retention harvesting in old-growth wet eucalypt forests; Forest Ecology and Management
Calculating food consumption in the laboratory: a formula to adjust for natural weight loss; Australian Journal of Entomology
Can retention forestry help conserve biodiversity? A meta-analysis; Journal of Applied Ecology
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
Does clearfell, burn and sow silviculture mimic the effect of wildfire? A field study and review using litter beetles; Forest Ecology and Management
Ecology and conservation of ground-dwelling beetles in managed wet eucalypt forest: edge and riparian effects
Estimating edge effects on ground dwelling beetles at clearfelled non-riparian stand edges in Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest; Forest Ecology and Management
Evaluating spatial autocorrelation and depletion in pitfall-trap studies of environmental gradients; Journal of Insect Conservation
Evolution of variable retention: Western Canada, the USA and Tasmania
Factors influencing initial vascular plant seedling composition following either aggregated retention harvesting and regeneration burning or burning of unharvested forest; Forest Ecology and Management
Foods of the South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormickii at Ardery Island, Windmill Islands, Antarctica; Polar Biology
Fulmarine Petrels and South Polar Skua Catharacta maccormickii populations on Ardery Island, Windmill Islands, Antarctica; Emu: Austral Ornithology
Global conservation outcomes depend on marine protected areas with five key features; Nature
Impact of Competition from Weeds on Early Growth Eucalypts and Pines at Five Sites in Tasmania and Victoria; 18th Biennial Conference of the Institute of Foresters of Australia
Impact of distance to mature forest on the recolonisation of bryophytes in a regenerating Tasmanian wet eucalypt forest; Australian Journal of Botany
Influence of mature overstory trees on adjacent 12-Year regeneration and the woody understory: aggregated retention versus intact forest; Forests
Integrating abundance and functional traits reveals new global hotspots of fish diversity; Nature
Inundative release of coccinellid beetles into eucalypt plantations for biological control of chrysomelid leaf beetles; Agricultural and Forest Entomology
Landscape structure and mature forest biodiversity in wet eucalypt forests: a spatial analysis of timber production areas in South-Eastern Australia; Forests
Living near the edge: being close to mature forest increases the rate of succession in beetle communities; Ecological Applications
Management of Tasmanian Eucalypt Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems; Managing Forests as Complex Adaptive Systems
Microclimate through space and time: microclimatic variation at the edge of regeneration forests over daily, yearly and decadal time scales; Forest Ecology and Management
Microclimatic edge effects in a recently harvested forest: do remnant forest patches create the same impact as large forest areas?; Forest Ecology and Management
Monitoring the implementation of variable retention silviculture in wet eucalypt forest: A key element of successful adaptive management; Forest Ecology and Management
Moving beyond the guild concept: developing a practical functional trait framework for terrestrial beetles; Ecological Entomology
Response of ground-dwelling beetles across logging coupe edges into streamside reserves; Australian Journal of Entomology
Retention forestry to maintain multifunctional forests: a world perspective; Bioscience
Seeking a balance between forestry and biodiversity - the role of variable retention silviculture. Insights from western USA and Canada
Short- and long-term benefits for forest biodiversity of retaining unlogged patches in harvested areas; Forest Ecology and Management
Short-term responses of ground-active beetles to alternative silvicultural systems in the Warra Silvicultural Systems Trial, Tasmania, Australia; Forest Ecology and Management
Short-term responses of native rodents to aggregated retention in old growth wet Eucalyptus forests; Forest Ecology and Management
Silvicultural alternatives to conventional even-aged forest management - what limits global adoption?; Forest Ecosystems
Site effects outweigh riparian influences on ground-dwelling beetles adjacent to first order streams in wet eucalypt forest; Biodiversity and Conservation
Tall, wet eucalypt forests in Tasmania, Australia; Ecological Forest Management Handbook
Temporal persistence of edge effects on bryophytes within harvested forests; Forest Ecology and Management
The effectiveness of streamside versus upslope reserves in conserving log-associated bryophytes of native production forests; Forest Ecology and Management
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
The harvested side of edges: Effect of retained forests on the re-establishment of biodiversity in adjacent harvested areas; Forest Ecology and Management
The potential of trait-based approaches to contribute to marine conservation; Marine Policy
Timing and frequency are the critical factors affecting the impact of defoliation on long term growth of plantation eucalypts; Forest Ecology and Management
Using aerial photographs to remotely assess tree hollow availability; Biodiversity and Conservation
Variable retention silviculture in Tasmania's wet forests: ecological rationale, adaptive management and synthesis of biodiversity benefits; Australian Forestry
Why conservation reserves should not always be concentrated in riparian areas: A study of ground-dwelling beetles in wet eucalypt forest; Biological Conservation

Research Projects

A functional trait approach to understanding the impacts of current forest management practices on beetle diversity; Holsworth Wildlife Research Endowment (HWRE)
Developing an index for classifying forest maturity; Ecological Society of Australia Incorporated (ESAI)
Managing Variable Retention Harvesting to Maintain Forest Biodiversity - Effects of Forest Influence and Successional Stage on Recolonisation; Australian Research Council (ARC)
The Effects of Forest Influence and Successional Stage on beetle Diversity; Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA)
Machine learning algorithms to classify bird calls from acoustic data

Research Candidate Supervision

Managing variable retention harvesting to maintain forest biodiversity - effects of forest influence and successional stage on the recolonisation of beetles
The effects of different forestry practices on two native rodent species, the swamp rat (Rattus lutreolus) and the long-tailed mouse (Pseudomys higginsi)
The Effects of Forest Influence on Vascular and Non-Vascular Plants