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I am a chemist by training, but developed a strong interest in the oceans during my undergraduate degree. During my PhD, most of which was completed at Plymouth Marine Laboratory, I studied the chemistry of complex natural organic matter in estuarine conditions. I then went on to investigate the fate of similar organic materials during alumina recovery from bauxite at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. After returning to the UK, I spent some time at the University of Liverpool working on the analysis of iron and other trace metals in seawater. In 1997 I moved to the University of East Anglia, where my research interests have developed into the fields of marine and atmospheric iodine biogeochemistry and the atmospheric transport of nutrients and trace metals and their impact on the marine carbon cycle.
- 1984-1987, University of Southampton, BSc (Hons), Chemistry with Oceanography, Upper Second Class
- 1987-1992, University of Southampton, PhD, Marine Chemistry
- 1992-1994, Research Fellow, Chemistry Department, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
- 1995-1997, Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Oceanography Laboratories, University of Liverpool
- 1997-2005, Senior Research Assistant, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
- 1999, Temporary Lecturer, Chemistry Department, University of the West Indies, Jamaica
- 2005-2010, RCUK Academic Fellow, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
- 2010-2017, Reader in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
- 2017-present, Professor of Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia
I am currently advertising this PhD studentship: Microplastics: All up in the air? Deadline: 10th July 2021.
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Key Research Interests
My current research focuses on the chemistry of interactions between the atmosphere and the surface of the ocean. A major part of this involves a study of deposition in aerosols and rain of nutrients (nitrogen, phosphorus, silicon, iron and other trace metals) to the ocean, in order to assess their impact on marine productivity and hence the global carbon cycle. On a global scale, iron is the nutrient for which atmospheric inputs to the ocean have the most significant impact on phytoplankton growth. I study the factors that control how much of the iron that falls into the ocean actually dissolves in seawater as this is the fraction which helps to fuel phytoplankton growth. My other main research area involves the study of iodine cycling in the marine atmosphere (where iodine chemistry influences ozone destruction and new aerosol formation) and in seawater (where the metabolism of iodine by algae is linked to the flux of iodine from the ocean into the atmosphere).
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1/09/21 → 30/11/22
Lettice, F., Alexander, M., Askounis, A., Baker, A., Cammidge, A., Chao, Y., Fabian, L., Fielden, J., Hernaez, M., Hui, O., Kaplani, E., Khimyak, Y., Liss, P., Lord, R., Marin, M. J., Mayes, A., Melendi-Espina, S., Nolte, S., Romanov, A., Saeed, A., Sobolewski, A., Tolhurst, T. & Wright, J.
6/11/20 → 31/08/22
Baker, AR. & Croot, PL., 2010, In: Marine Chemistry. 120, 1-4, p. 4-13 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review289 Citations (Scopus)
Estimation of atmospheric nutrient inputs to the Atlantic Ocean from 50 degrees North to 50 degrees South based on large-scale field sampling: Fixed nitrogen and dry deposition of phosphorusBaker, AR., Lesworth, T., Adams, C., Jickells, TJ. & Ganzeveld, L., 2010, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 24
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review89 Citations (Scopus)
Estimation of atmospheric nutrient inputs to the Atlantic Ocean from 50°N to 50°S based on large-scale field sampling: Iron and other dust-associated elementsBaker, A. R., Adams, C., Bell, T. G., Jickells, T. D. & Ganzeveld, L., 1 Aug 2013, In: Global Biogeochemical Cycles. 27, 3, p. 755-767 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review77 Citations (Scopus)
Baker, A., Bergmann, M., Brahney, J., Butler, T., Duce, R. A., Eckhardt, S., Evangeliou, N., Jickells, T., Kanakidou, M., Kershaw, P., Laj, P., Levermore, J., Li, D., Liss, P., Liu, K., Mahowald, N., Masque, P. & 13 others, , Jun 2022, In: Nature Reviews Earth & Environment. 3, 6, p. 393–405 13 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile73 Citations (Scopus)9 Downloads (Pure)
Gómez Martín, J. C., Saiz Lopez, A., Cuevas, C. A., Baker, A. & Fernandez, R. P., 27 Feb 2022, In: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres. 127, 4, 14 p., e2021JD036081.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile9 Downloads (Pure)
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Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (External organisation)
Alex Baker (Member)2013 → …
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Alex Baker (Member)2008 → …
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Increased acidity in the atmosphere is disrupting the ecological balance of the oceans, according to new research led by UEA.
7/07/21 → 12/07/21
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