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Andy Baker

Professor, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, UNSW Sydney

I research the water underground - from caves to aquifers. Using stalagmites I reconstruct past climates, past groundwater recharge, and past fire history. I characterize organic matter in natural and human environments, from groundwater to drinking water. Common themes include an interdisciplinary scientific approach between the subject areas of Environmental Earth Science and Engineering and the use of isotopic and geochemical techniques. I have published over 250 internationally refereed papers. I was awarded a Millennium Awards Fellowship in 1999, a Phillip Leverhulme Prize for Geography in 2003, a Durham University Institute for Advanced Studies Fellowship in 2009, and the Fred L. and Frances J. Oliver Lectureship in Texas Hydrology and Water Resources in 2015. In 2021 I was awarded Fellowships from the Australasian Cave and Karst Management Association and the American Geophysical Union.


  • –present
    Director of the Connected Waters Initiative Research Centre, UNSW Australia


Fellow, American Geophysical Union