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Dr Maria Baker BSc, PhD

Senior Research Fellow, International Project Coordinator

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Dr Maria Baker is Senior Research Fellow within the School of Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton at the University of Southampton.

BSc Oceanography with Marine Biology, University of Southampton (1993-1996)
Research Assistant, Deepseas Group, University of Southampton (1996 -1998)
PhD Fertilization kinetics of commercial shellfish, University of Southampton (1998-2001)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Deepseas Group, National Oceanography Centre (2001-2002)
Seastar Survey, Southampton (marine survey company) (2002)
Project Manager of Census of Marine Life ChEss Programme, University of Southampton (2004-2011)
Senior Research Fellow and Project Manager for INDEEP and DOSI Programmes, University of Southampton (2011-date)

Research interests


Deep-Sea Marine Ecologist and Project Coordinator.

Over the past 16 years, Maria has built a truly global and transdisciplinary community to come together and address fundamental knowledge gaps in deep-ocean ecology, firstly as project manager of a deep-sea programme within the Census of Marine Life decade (2004-2010), then by establishing a new deep-sea programme called INDEEP (International network of scientific investigations of deep-sea ecosystems, 2011-2020).

Since 2013 she has also led the Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI) which seeks to integrate science, technology, policy, law and economics to advise policy on ecosystem-based management of resource use in the deep ocean and strategies to maintain the integrity of deep-ocean ecosystems within and beyond national jurisdiction. Under this programme, critical work has been done to ensure that the deep ocean is recognised by policy makers and the broader community for its central role in maintaining a healthy planet.

Research group

Marine Biology and Ecology

Research project(s)

Deep-Ocean Stewardship Initiative (DOSI)

International network for Scientific investigation of deep-sea ecosystems (INDEEP)

Biogeography of deepwater chemosynthetic ecosystems (ChEss) - Dormant

PhD Supervision

Amber Cobley - PhD student

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Book Chapters

  • Tyler, P. A., Baker, M., & Ramirez-Llodra, E. (2016). Deep-sea benthic habitats. In M. Clark, M. Consalvey, & A. A. Rowden (Eds.), Biological Sampling in the Deep-Sea (pp. 1-15). John Wiley & Sons.
  • Baker, M., & Eva, R-L. (2015). Deep-sea biodiversity, ecosystem function and ecosystem services on our changing planet. In J. P. Henriet, & . et al (Eds.), Sailing through Challenging Oceans: Ocean and Polar Life and Environmental Sciences on a Warming Planet [Chapter 3] (European Science Foundation Science Position Paper). European Science Foundation.
  • Baker, M., Ramirez-Llodra, E., Tyler, P., & et al (2010). Biogeography, ecology, and vulnerability of chemosynthetic ecosystems in the deep sea. In A. McIntyre (Ed.), Life in the World's Oceans: Diversity, Distribution and Abundance (pp. 161-182). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Baker, M., Bett, B., & Horton, T. (2006). DC-UK: deep-sea conservation for the UK. In M. E. Charlesworth (Ed.), Marine and coastal photographs and videos : their availability, uses and curation: report for the Marine Environmental Data Action Group of the Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology (IACMST) (pp. 37). (IACMST Information Document; No. 13). Inter-Agency Committee on Marine Science and Technology (IACMST).
  • Baker, M. C., & Bett, B. J. (2002). Deep sea mud. In S. Gubbay (Ed.), The Offshore Directory: review of a selection of habitats, communities and species of the north-east Atlantic (pp. 77-87). Worldwide Fund for Nature.


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Dr Maria Baker
Ocean and Earth Science, National Oceanography Centre Southampton, University of Southampton Waterfront Campus, European Way, Southampton SO14 3ZH United Kingdom

Room Number : NOCS/496/09

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