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Department of Geography

William BakerWilliam L. Baker


Ph.D., Geography, University of Wisconsin, 1987
MA, Botany, University of North Carolina, 1980
BA, Botany, Oregon State University, 1977. 

(307) 766-2925

Arts and Sciences 308

Office Hours: 

M/T 9:30-11am

Research Interests:

Biogeography, Landscape Ecology, Vegetation dynamics, Conservation



GEOG 4460 Biogeography, GEOG 4470 Fire Ecology, GEOG 5060 Landscape Ecology




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

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


Journal Articles

Shinneman, D.J. and W.L. Baker (2009) Environmental and climatic variables as potential drivers of post-fire cover of cheatgrass (Bromus tectorium) in seeded and unseeded semi-arid ecosystems using environmental and climatic variables. International Journal of Wildland Fire (In press.)

Baker, W.L. (2009)  Pre-EuroAmerican and recent fire in sagebrush ecosystems. Studies in Avian Biology (In press.)

Shinneman, D.J. and W. L. Baker (2009) Historical fire and multidecadal drought as context for pinyon-juniper woodland restoration in western Colorado. Ecological Applications, (In press.)

Shinneman, D.J. and W.L. Baker (2008). Ecological restoration needs derived from reference conditions for a semi-arid landscape n western Colorado, USAJournal of Arid Environments 71:207-227.

Getz, H.L. and  Baker, W.L. (2008). Invasion of cheatgrass into burned pinyon-juniper woodlands in western Colorado.  American Midland Naturalist 159:489-497.

Rhodes, J. and W.L. Baker (2008). Fire probability, fuel treatment effectiveness and ecological tradeoffs in western U.S. public forestsOpen Forest Science Journal 1:1-7.

Baker, W.L., T.T. Veblen, and R.L. Sherriff (2007). Fire, fuels, and restoration of ponderosa pine-Douglas-fir forests in the Rocky Mountains, USA. Journal of Biogeography 34:251-269.

Noss, R.F., J.F. Franklin, W.L. Baker, T. Schoennagel, and P.B. Moyle (2006). Managing fire-prone forests in the western United States. Frontiers in Ecology and Environment 4:481-187

Zier, James L. and W.L. Baker (2006). A century of vegetation change in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado: an analysis using repeat photography. Forest ecology and Management228:251-262.

Kou, X. and W.L. Baker (2006). Accurate estimation of mean fire interval for managing fire. International Journal of Wildland Fire 15:489-495.

Kou, X. and W.L. Baker (2006). A landscape model quantifies error in reconstructing fire history from scars. Landscape Ecology 21:735-745.

Baker, W.L. (2006). Fire and restoration of sagebrush ecosystemsWildlife Society Bulletin 34:177-185.

Andersen, M. and W.L. Baker (2006). Reconstructing landscape-scale tree invasion using survey notes in the Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming, USA. Landscape Ecology21:243-258.

Affiliations, Association, Consultation:

  • Ecology Program, Member
  • Botany Department, (Adjunct)

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