Biography

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.

Career History

  • 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-present, Reader in Marine and Atmospheric Chemistry, School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia

PhD Positions

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Baker, A. R., Adams, C., Bell, T. G., Jickells, T. D., Ganzeveld, L.

(2013)

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 elements

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

27.

pp. 755-767

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Baker, A., Croot, P.

(2010)

Atmospheric and marine controls on aerosol iron solubility in seawater

in Marine Chemistry

120.

pp. 4-13

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Baker, A., Lesworth, T., Adams, C., Jickells, T., Ganzeveld, L.

(2010)

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 phosphorus

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

24.

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Baker, A., Thomas, M., Bange, H., Plasencia Sánchez, E.

(2016)

Soluble trace metals in aerosols over the tropical south-east Pacific offshore of Peru

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 817-825

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Kanakidou, M., Myriokefalitakis, S., Daskalakis, N., Fanourgakis, G., Nenes, A., Baker, A., Tsigaridis, K., Mihalopoulos, N.

(2016)

Past, present and future atmospheric nitrogen deposition

in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

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pp. 2039-2047

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Lin, C., Jickells, T., Baker, A., Marca, A., Johnson, M.

(2016)

Aerosol isotopic ammonium signatures over the remote Atlantic Ocean

in Atmospheric Environment

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pp. 165–169

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Boelens, R., Kershaw, P., Angelidis, M., Baker, A., Bakker, D. C. E., Bowmer, T., Hedgecock, I., Tyack, P.

(2016)

Pollution in the open oceans: 2009-2013

GESAMP

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Baker, A. R., Landing, W. M., Bucciarelli, E., Cheize, M., Fietz, S., Hayes, C. T., Kadko, D., Morton, P., Rogan, N., Sarthou, G., Shelley, R. U., Shi, Z., Shiller, A., van Hulten, M. M. P.

(2016)

Trace element and isotope deposition across the air–sea interface: progress and research needs

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

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Raiswell, R., Hawkings, J. R., Benning, L. G., Baker, A. R., Death, R., Albani, S., Mahowald, N., Krom, M. D., Poulton, S. W., Wadham, J., Tranter, M.

(2016)

Potentially bioavailable iron delivery by iceberg-hosted sediments and atmospheric dust to the polar oceans

in Biogeosciences

13.

pp. 3887-3900

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Sherwen, T., Evans, M., Spracklen, D., Carpenter, L., Chance, R., Baker, A., Schmidt, J., Breider, T.

(2016)

Global modelling of tropospheric iodine aerosol

in Geophysical Research Letters

43.

pp. 10012–10019

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Bridgestock, L., van de Flierdt, T., Rehkamper, M., Paul, M., Middag, R., Milne, A., Lohan, M. C., Baker, A. R., Chance, R., Khondoker, R., Strekopytov, S., Humphreys-Williams, E., Achterberg, E. P., Rijkenberg, M. J. A., Gerringa, L. J. A., de Baar, H. J. W.

(2016)

Return of naturally sourced Pb to Atlantic surface waters

in Nature Communications

7.

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Jickells, T. D., Baker, A. R., Chance, R.

(2016)

Atmospheric transport of trace elements and nutrients to the oceans

in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A

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Baker, A. R., Jickells, T. D.

(2016)

Atmospheric Deposition of Soluble Trace Elements along the Atlantic Meridional Transect (AMT)

in Progress in Oceanography

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Sherwen, T. M., Evans, M. J., Spracklen, D. V., Carpenter, L. J., Chance, R., Baker, A. R., Schmidt, J. A., Breider, T. J.

(2016)

Global modeling of tropospheric iodine aerosol

in Geophysical Research Letters

43.

pp. 10012-10019

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Violaki, K., Sciare, J., Williams, J., Baker, A., Martino, M., Mihalopoulos, N.

(2015)

Atmospheric Water Soluble Organic Nitrogen (WSON) over marine environments: A global perspective

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 3131-3140

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Myriokefalitakis, S., Daskalakis, N., Mihalopoulos, N., Baker, A., Nenes, A., Kanakidou, M.

(2015)

Changes in dissolved iron deposition to the oceans driven by human activity: a 3-D global modelling study

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 3973-3992

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Powell, C., Baker, A., Jickells, T., Bange, H., Chance, R., Yodle, C.

(2015)

Estimation of the atmospheric flux of nutrients and trace metals to the Eastern Tropical North Atlantic Ocean

in Journal of the Atmospheric Sciences

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pp. 4029–4045

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Chance, R., Jickells, T., Baker, A.

(2015)

Atmospheric trace metal concentrations, solubility and deposition fluxes in remote marine air over the south-east Atlantic

in Marine Chemistry

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pp. 45-46

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Paulot, F., Jacob, D., Johnson, M., Bell, T., Baker, A., Keene, W., Lima, I., Doney, S., Stock, C.

(2015)

Global oceanic emission of ammonia: constraints from seawater and atmospheric observations

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles

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pp. 1165-1178

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Painter, S. C., Henson, S. A., Forryan, A., Steigenberger, S., Klar, J., Stinchcombe, M. C., Rogan, N., Baker, A. R., Achterberg, E. P., Moore, C. M.

(2014)

An assessment of the vertical diffusive flux of iron and other nutrients to the surface waters of the subpolar North Atlantic Ocean

in Biogeosciences

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pp. 2113-2130

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Garcon, V., Bell, T., Wallace, D., Arnold, S., Baker, A., Bakker, D. C., Bange, H., Bates, N., Bopp, L., Boutin, J., Boyd, P., Bracher, A., Burrows, J., Carpenter, L., de Leeuw, G., Fennel, K., Font, J., Friedrich, T., Garbe, C., Gruber, N., Jaegle, L., Lana, A., Lee, J., Liss, P., Miller, L., Olgun, N., Olsen, A., Pfeil, B., Quack, B., Read, K., Reul, N., Roedenbeck, C., Rohekar, S., Saiz-Lopez, A., Saltzman, E., Schneising, O., Schuster, U., Seferian, R., Steinhoff, T., Le Traon, P., Ziska, F.

(2014)

Perspectives and integration in SOLAS science

Springer Verlag

pp. 247-306

ISBN 978-3-642-25642-4

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Chance, R., Baker, A. R., Carpenter, L., Jickells, T. D.

(2014)

The distribution of iodide at the sea surface

in Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts

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pp. 1841-1859

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Baker, A., Laskina, O., Grassian, V.

(2014)

Processing and Ageing in the Atmosphere

Springer Verlag

pp. 75-92

ISBN 978-94-017-8977-6

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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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Professional Activities

  • Member of the UN-sponsored Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP) 2013
  • Member of GESAMP Working Group 38 (Atmospheric input of chemicals to the ocean) 2008

Key Responsibilities

  • UG Project Co-ordinator
  • Natural Science Rep and Placement Director Year in Europe