Jonathan Bakker

Jonathan Bakker

Associate Professor
Ecological restoration; Sustainable ecosystem management

Office: Merrill 36
Phone: 206-221-3864 
Email: jbakker@uw.edu


B.A., Biology and Environmental Studies, Dordt College, 1994
M.Sc., Plant Ecology, University of Regina, 1996
Ph.D., Ecosystem Science (Forestry), Northern Arizona University, 2005

My research focuses on:

  • Restoration and management of prairies, savannas, and forests
  • Long-term vegetation dynamics
  • Statistical methods for community ecology
Courses Taught:Quarter offered:
ESRM 362 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5)Autumn
ESRM 412 Native Plant Production (3)Spring
SEFS 502 Analytical Techniques for Community Ecology (4)Winter
SEFS 530 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5)Autumn
Current Sponsored Research:
Estimating deferred stewardship maintenance costs for Washington State Parks
Long-term SUCCESS: SUCCession and Ecosystem dynamics in the Sagebrush Steppe following wildfires
The role of hemiparasites in structuring ecosystems
Recent Publications:
Firn, J., J.M. McGree, E. Harvey, H. Flores-Moreno, M. Schütz, Y.M. Buckley, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, K.J. LaPierre, A.M. MacDougall, S.M. Prober, C.J. Stevens, L.L. Sullivan, E. Porter, E. Ladouceur, C. Allen, K.H. Moromizato, J.W. Morgan, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, N. Eisenhauer, J.P. Wright, P.B. Adler, C.A. Arnillas, J.D. Bakker, L. Biederman, A.A.D. Broadbent, C.S. Brown, M.N. Bugalho, M.C. Caldeira, E.E. Cleland, A. Ebeling, P.A. Fay, N. Hagenah, A.R. Kleinhesselink, R. Mitchell, J.L. Moore, C. Nogueira, P.L. Peri, C. Roscher, M.D. Smith, P.D. Wragg, and A.C. Risch. 2019. Leaf nutrients, not specific leaf area, are consistent indicators of elevated nutrient inputs. Nature Ecology and Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0790-1
Applestein, C., J.D. Bakker, E.G. Delvin, and S.T. Hamman. 2018. Evaluating seeding methods and rates for prairie restoration. Natural Areas Journal 38: 347-355 doi: 10.3375/043.038.0504
Bakker, J.D., E.G. Delvin, and P.W. Dunwiddie. 2018. Staged-scale restoration: refining adaptive management to improve restoration effectiveness. Journal of Applied Ecology 55: 1126-1132 doi: 10.1111/1365-2664.13050
Haan, N.L., J.D. Bakker, and M.D. Bowers. 2018. Hemiparasites can transmit indirect effects from their host plants to herbivores. Ecology 99: 399-410 doi: 10.1002/ecy.2087
Haan, N.L., J.D. Bakker, P.W. Dunwiddie, and M.J. Linders. 2018. Instar-specific effects of host plants on survival of endangered butterfly larvae. Ecological Entomology 43: 742-753 doi: 10.1111/een.12656
Hautier, Y., F. Isbell, E.T. Borer, E.W. Seabloom, W.S. Harpole, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, C.J. Stevens, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, J.D. Bakker, ... 2018. Local loss and spatial homogenization of plant diversity reduce ecosystem multifunctionality. Nature Ecology and Evolution 2: 50-56 doi: 10.1038/s41559-017-0395-0
Hodapp, D., E.T. Borer, W.S. Harpole, E.M. Lind, E.W. Seabloom, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, C.A. Arnillas, J.D. Bakker, L. Biederman, M. Cadotte, E.E. Cleland, S. Collins, P.A. Fay, J. Firn, N. Hagenah, Y. Hautier, O. Iribarne, J.M.H. Knops, R.L. McCulley, A. MacDougall, J.L. Moore, J.W. Morgan, B. Mortensen, K.J. La Pierre, A.C. Risch, M. Schütz, P. Peri, C.J. Stevens, J. Wright, and H. Hillebrand. 2018. Spatial heterogeneity in species composition constrains plant community responses to herbivory and fertilisation. Ecology Letters 21: 1364-1371 doi: 10.1111/ele.13102
James, J.N., N. Kates, C.D. Kuhn, C.E. Littlefield, C.W. Miller, J.D. Bakker, D.E. Butman, and R.D. Haugo. 2018. The effects of forest restoration on ecosystem carbon in western North America: a systematic review. Forest Ecology and Management 429: 625-641 doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.07.029
McCool, C., J. Beattie, M. Milford, J.D. Bakker, J.L. Moore, and J. Firn. 2018. Automating analysis of vegetation with computer vision: cover estimates and classification. Ecology and Evolution 8: 6005-6015 doi: 10.1002/ece3.4135
Rossman, A.K., C.B. Halpern, R.J. Harrod, L.S. Urgenson, D.W. Peterson, and J.D. Bakker. 2018. Benefits of thinning and burning for understory diversity vary with spatial scale and time since treatment. Forest Ecology and Management 419-420: 58-78 doi: 10.1016/j.foreco.2018.03.006
Urgenson, L.S., C.R. Nelson, R.D. Haugo, C.B. Halpern, J.D. Bakker, C.M. Ryan, A.E.M. Waltz, R.T. Belote, and E. Alvarado. 2018. Social perspectives on the use of reference conditions in restoration of fire-adapted forest landscapes. Restoration Ecology 26: 987-996 doi: 10.1111/rec.12640
Harpole, W.S., L.L. Sullivan, E.M. Lind, J. Firn, P.B. Adler, E.T. Borer, J. Chase, Y. Hautier, H. Hillebrand, E.W. Seabloom, J.D. Bakker, M.W. Cadotte, E.J. Chaneton, K.J. La Pierre, J.L. Moore, S.M. Prober, and C.J. Stevens. 2017. Out of the shadows: multiple nutrient limitations drive relationships among biomass, light and plant diversity. Functional Ecology 31:1839-1846 doi: 10.1111/1365-2435.12967
Lin, Y., J. Li, J.D. Bakker, H. Lin, C. Chen, W. Hong, L. Fisher, C. Wu, T. Hong, H. Deng, G. Zhang, and K. Du. 2017. Wind and salt spray alter tree shape and dry mass density in Casuarina equisetifolia L. Trees - Structure and Function 31:15-26 doi: 10.1007/s00468-016-1450-1
McBurney, K.G., E.T. Cline, J.D. Bakker, and G.J. Ettl. 2017. Ectomycorrhizal community composition and structure of a mature red alder (Alnus rubra) stand. Fungal Ecology 27:47-58 doi: 10.1016/j.funeco.2017.02.006
Mitchell, R.M., J.D. Bakker, J.B. Vincent, and G.M. Davies. 2017. Relative importance of abiotic, biotic, and disturbance drivers on plant community structure in the sagebrush steppe. Ecological Applications 27:756-768 doi: 10.1002/eap.1479
Urgenson, L., C.M. Ryan, C.B. Halpern, J.D. Bakker, R.T. Belote, J.F. Franklin, R.D. Haugo, C.R. Nelson, and A.E.M. Waltz. 2017. Visions of restoration in fire-adapted forest landscapes: lessons from the Collaborative Forest Landscape Restoration Program. Environmental Management 59:338-353 doi: 10.1007/s00267-016-0791-2
Dunwiddie, P.W., N.L. Haan, M. Linders, J.D. Bakker, C. Fimbel, and T.B. Thomas. 2016. Intertwined fates: opportunities and challenges in the linked recovery of two rare species. Natural Areas Journal 36: 207-215.
Flores-Morena, H., P.B. Reich, E.M. Lind, L.L. Sullivan, E.W. Seabloom, L. Yahdjian, A.S. MacDougall, L. Reichmann, J. Alberti, S. Baez, J.D. Bakker... 2016. Climate modifies response of non-native and native species richness to nutrient enrichment. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 371: 1-9 DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2015.0273
Grace, J.B., T.M. Anderson, E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, P.B. Adler, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, H. Hillebrand, E.M. Lind, M. Partel, J.D. Bakker... 2016. Integrative modeling reveals mechanisms linking productivity and plant species richness. Nature 529: 390-393.
Harpole, W.S., L.L. Sullivan, E.M. Lind, J. Firn, P.B. Adler, E.T. Borer, J. Chase, P.A. Fay, Y. Hautier, H. Hillebrand, A.S. MacDougall, E.W. Seabloom, R. Williams, J.D. Bakker... 2016. Addition of multiple limiting resources reduces grassland diversity. Nature 537: 93-96 DOI: 10.1038/nature19324
Lu, M., J.S. Caplan, J.D. Bakker, J.A. Langley, T.J. Mozdzer, B.G. Drake, and J.P. Megonigal. 2016. Allometry data and equations for coastal marsh plants. Ecology 97:3554-3554 doi: 10.1002/ecy.1600
Mitchell, R.M., and J.D. Bakker. 2016. Grass abundance shapes trait distributions of forbs in an experimental grassland. Journal of Vegetation Science 27: 557-567 DOI: 10.1111/jvs.12389
Six, L.J., J.D. Bakker, and R.E. Bilby. 2016. The combined effects of afforestation and grazing on Uruguayan grassland vegetation at multiple spatiotemporal scales. New Forests 47: 685-699 DOI: 10.1007/s11056-016-9538-4
Fay, P.A., S.M. Prober, W.S. Harpole, J.M.H. Knops, J.D. Bakker, E.T. Borer, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, E.W. Seabloom, P.D. Wragg, P.B. Adler, D.M. Blumenthal, Y.M. Buckley, C. Chu, E.E. Cleland, S.L. Collins, K.F. Davies...2015. Grassland productivity limited by multiple nutrients. Nature Plants 1:1-5. doi:10.1038/nplants.2015.80
Prober, S.M., J.W. Leff, S.T. Bates, E.T. Borer, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, E. Lind, E.W. Seabloom, P.B. Adler, J.D. Bakker, ... 2015. Plant diversity predicts beta but not alpha diversity of soil microbes across grasslands worldwide. Ecology Letters 18:85-95.
Seabloom, E.W., E.T. Borer, Y.M. Buckley, E.E. Cleland, K.F. Davies, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, P.B. Adler, T.M. Anderson...2015. Plant species’ origin predicts dominance and response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores in global grasslands. Nature Communications 6:1-8. doi:10.1038/ncomms8710
Stevens, C.J., E.M. Lind, Y. Hautier, W.S. Harpole, E.T. Borer, S. Hobbie, E.W. Seabloom, L. Ladwig, J.D. Bakker, C. Chu, S. Collins, K.F. Davies...2015. Anthropogenic nitrogen deposition predicts local grassland primary productivity worldwide. Ecology 96:1459-1465. doi:10.1890/14-1902.1
Strahan, R.T., D.C. Laughlin, J.D. Bakker, and M.M. Moore. 2015. Long-term protection from heavy livestock grazing affects ponderosa pine understory composition and functional traits. Rangeland Ecology & Management 68:257-265. doi:10.1016/j.rama.2015.03.008
Borer, E.T., E.W. Seabloom, D.S. Gruner, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, E.M. Lind, P.B. Adler, J. Alberti, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker.... 2014. Herbivores and nutrients control grassland plant diversity via light limitation. Nature 508: 517-520.
Hautier, Y., E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, P.B. Adler, W.S. Harpole, H. Hillebrand, E.M. Lind, A.S. MacDougall, C.J. Stevens, J.D. Bakker.... 2014. Eutrophication weakens stabilizing effects of diversity in natural grasslands. Nature 508: 521-525.
MacDougall, A.S., J.R. Bennett, J. Firn, E.W. Seabloom, E.T. Borer, E.M. Lind, J.L. Orrock, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, P.B. Adler, E. Cleland, K. Davies, B. Melbourne, S.M. Prober, J.D. Bakker.... 2014. Anthropogenic-based regional-scale factors most consistently explain plot-level exotic diversity in grasslands. Global Ecology and Biogeography 23:802-810.
Mitchell, R.M., and J.D. Bakker. 2014. Intraspecific trait variation driven by plasticity and ontogeny in Hypochaeris radicata. PLoS ONE 9(10):e109870-8.
Mitchell, R.M., and J.D. Bakker. 2014. Quantifying and comparing intraspecific functional trait variability: a case study with Hypochaeris radicata. Functional Ecology 28:258-269.
Petrova, M., J.D. Bakker, and E. Turnblom. 2014. Ten-year periodic diameter model for uneven-aged ponderosa pine stands in the Southwest reduces long-term error propagation. Forest Science 60:1148-1155.
Richardson, J.J., L.M. Moskal, and J.D. Bakker. 2014. Terrestrial laser scanning for vegetation sampling. Sensors 14:20304-20319.
Tewksbury, J.J., J.G.T. Anderson, J.D. Bakker, T.J. Billo, P.W. Dunwiddie, M.J. Groom, S.E. Hampton, S.G. Herman, D.J. Levey, N.J. Machnicki, C. Martinez del Rio, M.E. Power, K. Rowell, A.K. Salomon, L. Stacey, S.C. Trombulak, and T.A. Wheeler. 2014. Natural history’s place in science and society. BioScience 64: 300-310