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Dr Kate Baker

Research Fellow


Telephone: 01392 723600

Extension: (Streatham) 3600

Kate Baker is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Centre for Water Systems and an  American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Community Engagement Fellow. As part of her Fellowship, Kate is the lead for the Centre for Water Systems for the community engagement aspects on two new European Union funded projects, NextGen (Living Labs for Circular Economy in the Water Sector) and LOTUS (International Cooperation for LOw-cost innovative Technology for water quality monitoring and water resources management for Urban and rural water Systems in India). 

Prior to these EU projects, Kate was the engagement lead on the Safe & SuRe project, a £1.5m Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council research project, which aimed to develop a new paradigm for urban water management in response to emerging challenges and uncertainties. Kate was responsible for the knowledge exchange strategy working with academics and industry practitioners to ensure the project outputs are of importance to both the academic community and industry. 

Kate joined Exeter in January 2017 from the Department of Geography at King’s College London, where she worked on her Natural Environment Research Council-funded PhD. Her research focused on investigating patterns of habitat use by benthic macroinvertebrates (such as dragonflies, stoneflies, and mayflies) in the tropical streams of Ulu Temburong National Park in northern Borneo. Understanding how the spatial structure of habitats within rivers can increase ecological diversity and ecosystem functioning is important in terms of successful rehabilitation and can inform future management decisions.

Before starting her PhD, Kate was awarded a European Commission’s Leonardo Mobility Award to fund a post with the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research undertaking applied ecological research. Prior to this Kate lived in Siberia for six months funded by the European Voluntary Service to work with The Great Baikal Trail, a youth-led environmental organisation helping to conserve the deepest lake in the world, Lake Baikal. 

In addition to her research, Kate is co-founder of Agile Rabbit producing science talks and events in the south west of England and co-founder of the Intrepid Explorers initiative, which won an Economic Social Research Council impact award. Intrepid Explorers is a network and impact platform for field researchers, enabling them to share experiences and learning, build skills, knowledge and connections across the field research community. Kate has experience in lecturing and teaching to undergraduate and master students at King’s College London and The London School of Economics.


Baker, K., Damken, C., Gattolliat, J.L., Grafe, U., Kahar, R., Orr, A., Sartori, M., Wahab, R.A., Zettel, H. and Chadwick, M.A., 2019. Carpooling with ecologists, geographers and taxonomists: perceptions from conducting environmental research in tropical regions. Biodiversity and Conservation, doi:10.1007/s10531-018-01695-3

Baker, K. , Tang, S. , Sweetapple, C. , Ward, S. , Staddon, C. , Bishop, T. , Bulmer, P. and Butler, D. 2018. Resilience learning for water sector culture change. In: 6th Joint EWA/JSWA/WEF Conference: Resilience of the Water Sector, Munich, Germany, 15-18 May 2018. Hennef: European Water Association, pp. 6-26. 

Baker, K., M. A. Chadwick, R. R. A McGill, R. A. Wahab, and R. Kahar. 2017. Macroinvertebrate trophic structure on waterfalls in Borneo, Marine and Freshwater Research. doi: 10.1071/MF16373

Baker, K., M. A. Chadwick, R. A. Wahab and R. Kahar. 2017. Benthic community structure and ecosystem functions in above- and below-waterfall pools in Borneo, Hydrobiologia 1-16: doi: 10.1007/s10750-016-2975-4

Baker, K., M. A Chadwick,  R. Kahar, Z. Sulaiman and R. A. Wahab. 2016. Fluvial biotopes influence macroinvertebrate biodiversity in South-East Asian tropical streams, Ecosphere 7: 12. doi: 10.1002/ecs2.1479

Baker, K., M. A Chadwick and Z. H. Sulaiman. 2016. Macroinvertebrate biodiversity associated with tropical headwater Stream Biotopes, Northern Borneo, Zoological Studies 55: 37. doi:10.6620/ZS.2016.55-37