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 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Autumn
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Winter
SEFS 503 Current Issues in Restoration Ecology and Environmental Horticulture (1)Spring
SEFS 530 Introduction to Restoration Ecology (5)Autumn
Current Sponsored Research:
Coordination of protocol reviews for long-term monitoring in the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service
Leveraging Land Condition Trend Analysis (LCTA) data to understand vegetation change on military installations
Long-term SUCCESS: SUCCession and Ecosystem dynamics in the Sagebrush Steppe following wildfires
Monitoring effectiveness of forest restoration treatments: the importance of space and time
Regional Native Seed Project
Taylor's checkerspot host plant suitability study
The role of hemiparasites in structuring ecosystems
Recent Publications:
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
Seabloom, E., E.T. Borer, Y. Buckley, E.E. Cleland, K. Davies, J. Firn, W.S. Harpole, Y. Hautier, E. Lind, A. MacDougall, J.L. Orrock, S.M. Prober, P. Adler, J. Alberti, T.M. Anderson, J.D. Bakker.... 2013. Dominance by invasive species is the real embarrassment of richness: invasion in grassland ecosystems. Global Change Biology 19: 3677-3687.
Bakker, J.D. and J. Howell. 2011. An assessment of introductory restoration courses in the United States and Canada. Restoration Ecology 19(5): 572-577.
Dunwiddie, P.W. and J.D. Bakker. 2011. The future of restoration and management of prairie/oak ecosystems in the Pacific Northwest. Northwest Science 85(5): 83-92.
Dunwiddie, P.W., J.D. Bakker, M. Almaguer-Bay, and C. Sprenger. 2011. Environmental history of a Garry oak / Douglas-fir woodland on Waldron Island, Washington. Northwest Science 85(2): 130-140.
Hegarty, J., D. Zabowski, and J.D. Bakker. 2011. Use of soil properties to determine the historical extent of two western Washington prairies. Northwest Science 85(2): 120-129.
Hough-Snee, N.W., J.D. Bakker, and K. Ewing. 2011. Long-term effects of initial site treatment on fescue in a novel prairie ecosystem (Washington). Ecological Restoration 29(1-2): 14-17.
Mitchell, R.M. and J.D. Bakker. 2011. Carbon addition as a technique for controlling exotic species in Pacific Northwest prairies. Northwest Science 85(2): 247-254.