• Patrick Baker (Chief Investigator) http://www.biolsci.monash.edu.au/staff/baker/index.html

    Patrick Baker obtained a BA in 1989 from Bowdoin College (Maine, USA) and then spent two years in the Sahara desert as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mauritania. After being withdrawn from Mauritania in anticipating of the first Gulf War, he went to Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies where he completed an MF in 1993. After completing his MF he began work for the Harvard Institute for International Development (HIID) on a USAID-funded project to study the seedling dynamics of the mixed deciduous and seasonal dry evergreen forests in western Thailand. In 1995 Patrick began his PhD studies in silviculture with Chad Oliver at the College of Forest Resources, University of Washington. His PhD research focused on reconstructing the historical dynamics of tropical forests using a combination of approaches, including dendrochronology. During his PhD research Patrick spent another 2 years living in western Thailand at the Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary (HKK) and working in and around the 50-ha forest dynamics plot that was established by the Royal Forest Department of Thailand with support from the Smithsonian Institution's Center for Tropical Forest Science (CTFS). He completed his PhD in late 2001 and began a three year post-doc with the US Forest Service and The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii working on the silviculture of the valuable Hawaiian endemic tree species, Acacia koa. In July 2004 Patrick moved to Australia to begin a position as Lecturer in Plant Ecology in the School of Biological Sciences at Monash University. His primary research interest is in the stand dynamics of mixed species forests and the factors, such as climate and disturbance, that influence them. The knowledge generated by this research can then be applied to inform and improve decision-making for silviculture and forest conservation in these forests.

  • Rohan Simkin (Lab Manager)

    Rohan completed a BSc(Hons) in Environmental Sciences at Monash University in 2006. His Honour thesis focused on reconstructing the response of temperate rainforest and tall eucalypt forest in the Central Highlands of Victoria to the 1939 fire using dendroecological analyses. In addition to his responsibilities in the OzDendro Lab, Rohan volunteers with the Forest Stewardship Council in Melbourne. Rohan is currently undertaking a Masters degree in Forest and Ecosystem Science at the University of Melbourne.

  • Kathy Allen (Post-doc)

    Kathy completed a BSc in Economics and PhD in Geography at the University of Tasmania. She currently works as a post-doc on the ARC-funded drought project in the Forest Dynamics Lab at Monash University. She is based in Hobart, Tasmania, at CSIRO Plant Sciences.