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Department of Geography

William BakerWilliam L. Baker

Faculty Emeritus

Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin, 1987
MA, Botany, University of North Carolina, 1980
BA, Botany, Oregon State University, 1977.
(970) 317-8162


Research Interests:

Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Vegetation dynamics, Conservation, Historical Ecology



Recent Books

Baker, W.L. (2009)  Fire Ecology in Rocky Mountain landscapesIsland Press,  Washington D.C. 

Paulson, D.D. and W. L. Baker (2006). The nature of southwestern Colorado: recognizing human legacies and restoring natural placesUniversity Press of Colorado, Boulder.


Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters

Dugan, A.J. and W.L. Baker (2014). Modern calibration and historical testing of small-area, fire-interval reconstruction methods. International Journal of Wildland Fire (23:58-68).

Odion, D.C., C.T. Hanson, A. Arsenault, W.L. Baker. D.A. DellaSala, R.L. Hutto, W. Klenner, M.A Moritz, R.L. Sherriff, T.T. Veblen, and M.A. Williams. 2014. Examining historical and current mixed-severity fire regimes in ponderosa pine and mixed-conifer forests of western North America. PLOS ONE 9(2):e87852.

Williams, M.A. and W.L. Baker. 2014. High-severity fire corroborated in historical dry forests of the western United States: response to Fule etal. Global Ecology and Biogeography. 23(7), in press.

Arendt, P.A. and W.L. Baker (2013). Northern Colorado Plateau pinyon-juniper woodland decline over the past century. Ecosphere 4(8), article103.

Baker, W.L. (2013). Is wildland fire increasing in sagebrush landscapes of the western United States? Annals of the Association of American Geographers 103:5-19.

Baker, W.L. and A.J. Dugan (2013). Fire-history implications of fire-scarring. Canadian Journal of Forest Research 43:951-962.

Bukowski, B.E. and W.L. Baker (2013). Historical fire regimes, reconstructed from land-survey data, led to complexity and fluctuation in sagebrush landscapes. Ecological Applications 23:546-564.

Bukowski, B.E. and W.L. Baker (2013). Historical fire in sagebrush landscapes of the Gunnison sage-grouse range from land-survey records. Journal of Arid Environments 98:1-9.

Shinneman, D.J., W.L. Baker, P.C. Rogers, and D. Kulakowski (2013). Fire regimes of quaking aspen in the Mountain West. Forest Ecology and Management 299:22-34.

Williams, M.W. and W.L. Baker (2013). Variability of historical forest structure and fire across ponderosa pine landscapes of the Coconino Plateau and south rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, USA. Landscape Ecology 28:297-310.

Baker, W.L. (2012) Implications of spatially extensive historical data from surveys for restoring dry forests of Oregon's eastern Cascades. Ecosphere 3(3), article 23.

Williams, M.A. and W.L. Baker (2012) Spatially extensive reconstructions show variable-severity fire and heterogeneous structure in historical western United States dry forests. Global Ecology and Biogeography 21:1042-1052.

Williams, M.A. and W.L. Baker (2012) Comparison of the higher-severity fire regime in historical (A.D. 1800) and modern (A.D. 1984-2009) montane forests across 624,156 ha of the Colorado Front Range. Ecosystems 15:832-847.

Baker, W.L. (2011) Pre-Euro-American and recent fire in sagebrush ecosystems. Pages 185-201 In: S.T. Knick and J.W Connelly (editors). Greater Sage-grouse: ecology and conservation of a landscape species and its habitats. University of California Press, Berkeley.

Banks, E.R. and W.L. Baker (2011) Scale and pattern of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorum) invasion in Rocky Mountain National Park. Natural Areas Journal 31:377-390.

Williams, M.A. and W.L. Baker (2011) Testing the accuracy of new methods for reconstructing historical structure of forest landscapes using GLO survey data. Ecological Monographs 81:63-88.

Williams, M.A. and W.L. Baker (2010) Bias and error in using survey records for ponderosa pine landscape restoration. Journal of Biogeography 37:707-721.


Affiliations, Association, Consultation:
  • Ecology Program, Member
  • Botany Department, (Adjunct)

  • Other Links:

    Publications: ResearchID

    Publications: Google Scholar

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