Mr Ed Baker

Mr Ed Baker

Data Researcher

Department: Life Sciences
Division: LS Diversity and Informatics Division
Personal Website

Summary

My research covers two broad areas, the orthopteroid insect orders (grasshoppers, stick insects, cockroaches, etc) and how technology can be used to aid biodiversity research. I am the project leader of BioAcoustica - an online repository and analysis platform for recorded wildlife sound, and I lead the digitisation of the Museum's recorded sound collection. Recent projects include work on the acoustic burrows of mole crickets, hardware data loggers built using open technologies and the development of LED light traps for aquatic insects.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSC (Hon.), Imperial College, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Data Researcher, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2016 - ongoing

Informatics Advisor, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, Singapore, 2014 - ongoing

Acoustics Researcher, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Nomenclatural Informatician, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2014

Biodiversity Informatician, Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2014

Grants

Wikimedian in Residence
Role: Principal investigatorSmith V
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: Wikimedia UK
Total value £8,723.99 (to Museum £8,723.99)
Dates: 2013 - 2014

Editorships

Subject editor, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft,

Editor, Phasmid Studies, Phasmid Study Group,

Publications

Price B, Baker E (2016) NightLife: A cheap, robust, LED based light trap for collecting aquatic insects in remote areas. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7648 - e7648. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7648

Baker E (2016) An online taxonomic database of the stick insect (Phasmida) egg-parasitising subfamilies Amiseginae and Loboscelidiinae (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7441 - e7441. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7441

Baker E (2015) Carausius morosus in San Diego.

Baker E (2015) The worldwide status of phasmids (Insecta: Phasmida) as pests of agriculture and forestry, with a generalised theory of phasmid outbreaks. Agriculture & Food Security, 4 (1) : doi: 10.1186/s40066-015-0040-6

Baker E, Broom Y-S (2015) Natural History Museum Sound Archive I: Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae Leach, 1815, including 3D scans of burrow casts of Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linnaeus, 1758) and Gryllotalpa vineae Bennet-Clark, 1970. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3 : e7442 - e7442. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e7442

Baker E, Price B, Rycroft S, Villet M (2015) Global Cicada Sound Collection I: Recordings from South Africa and Malawi by B. W. Price & M. H. Villet and harvesting of BioAcoustica data by GBIF. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3 : e5792 - e5792. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5792

Baker E, Price BW, Rycroft SD, Hill J, Smith VS (2015) BioAcoustica: a free and open repository and analysis platform for bioacoustics. Database, 2015 (0) : bav054 - bav054. doi: 10.1093/database/bav054

Baker E (2014) Open source data logger for low-cost environmental monitoring. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : e1059 - e1059. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1059

Baker E, Rycroft S, Smith V (2014) Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : e1039 - e1039. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039

Baker E (2013) Measuring Impact.

Baker E (2013) EXIF Custom: Automatic image metadata extraction for Scratchpads and Drupal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : e973 - e973. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e973

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, Livermore L, Baker E, Mietchen D, Couvreur T, Mueller G, Dikow T, Helgen KM, Frank J, Agosti D, Roberts D, Penev L (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : e995 - e995. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Baker E, Johnson K, Young JR (2011) The future of the past in the present: biodiversity informatics and geological time. ZooKeys, 150 : 397 - 405. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2350

Baker E, Michel E (2011) Data standards, sense and stability: Scratchpads, the ICZN and ZooBank. ZooKeys, 150 : 167 - 176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2248

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, Livermore L, Blagoderov V, Roberts D (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 : 53 - 70. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Courses taught

MSc: Taxonomy and Biodiversity
Imperial College, London
Natural History Museum, London
1/2015 - on going.

Invited and keynote speaker

Click to submit: rapid publication through Scratchpads and the Biodiversity Data Journal, MONOCOTS V: 5th International Conference on Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons: 8/7/2013.

Introduction

Summary

My research covers two broad areas, the orthopteroid insect orders (grasshoppers, stick insects, cockroaches, etc) and how technology can be used to aid biodiversity research. I am the project leader of BioAcoustica - an online repository and analysis platform for recorded wildlife sound, and I lead the digitisation of the Museum's recorded sound collection. Recent projects include work on the acoustic burrows of mole crickets, hardware data loggers built using open technologies and the development of LED light traps for aquatic insects.

Qualifications

Degrees

BSC (Hon.), Imperial College, United Kingdom

Employment history

Academic

Data Researcher, Natural History Museum, United Kingdom, 2016 - ongoing

Informatics Advisor, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, Singapore, 2014 - ongoing

Acoustics Researcher, Natural History Museum, Life Sciences, United Kingdom, 2014 - 2015

Nomenclatural Informatician, International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature, United Kingdom, 2009 - 2014

Biodiversity Informatician, Natural History Museum, Entomology, United Kingdom, 2008 - 2014

Projects

Grants

Wikimedian in Residence
Role: Principal investigatorSmith V
Role: Co-investigator
Funding: Wikimedia UK
Total value £8,723.99 (to Museum £8,723.99)
Dates: 2013 - 2014

Professional activities

Editorships

Subject editor, Biodiversity Data Journal, Pensoft,

Editor, Phasmid Studies, Phasmid Study Group,

Publications

Publications

Price B, Baker E (2016) NightLife: A cheap, robust, LED based light trap for collecting aquatic insects in remote areas. Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7648 - e7648. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7648

Baker E (2016) An online taxonomic database of the stick insect (Phasmida) egg-parasitising subfamilies Amiseginae and Loboscelidiinae (Hymenoptera: Chrysididae). Biodiversity Data Journal, 4 : e7441 - e7441. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.4.e7441

Baker E (2015) Carausius morosus in San Diego.

Baker E (2015) The worldwide status of phasmids (Insecta: Phasmida) as pests of agriculture and forestry, with a generalised theory of phasmid outbreaks. Agriculture & Food Security, 4 (1) : doi: 10.1186/s40066-015-0040-6

Baker E, Broom Y-S (2015) Natural History Museum Sound Archive I: Orthoptera: Gryllotalpidae Leach, 1815, including 3D scans of burrow casts of Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linnaeus, 1758) and Gryllotalpa vineae Bennet-Clark, 1970. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3 : e7442 - e7442. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e7442

Baker E, Price B, Rycroft S, Villet M (2015) Global Cicada Sound Collection I: Recordings from South Africa and Malawi by B. W. Price & M. H. Villet and harvesting of BioAcoustica data by GBIF. Biodiversity Data Journal, 3 : e5792 - e5792. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.3.e5792

Baker E, Price BW, Rycroft SD, Hill J, Smith VS (2015) BioAcoustica: a free and open repository and analysis platform for bioacoustics. Database, 2015 (0) : bav054 - bav054. doi: 10.1093/database/bav054

Baker E (2014) Open source data logger for low-cost environmental monitoring. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : e1059 - e1059. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1059

Baker E, Rycroft S, Smith V (2014) Linking multiple biodiversity informatics platforms with Darwin Core Archives. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2 : e1039 - e1039. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.2.e1039

Baker E (2013) Measuring Impact.

Baker E (2013) EXIF Custom: Automatic image metadata extraction for Scratchpads and Drupal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : e973 - e973. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e973

Smith V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Biserkov J, Miller J, Livermore L, Baker E, Mietchen D, Couvreur T, Mueller G, Dikow T, Helgen KM, Frank J, Agosti D, Roberts D, Penev L (2013) Beyond dead trees: integrating the scientific process in the Biodiversity Data Journal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 1 : e995 - e995. doi: 10.3897/BDJ.1.e995

Baker E, Johnson K, Young JR (2011) The future of the past in the present: biodiversity informatics and geological time. ZooKeys, 150 : 397 - 405. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2350

Baker E, Michel E (2011) Data standards, sense and stability: Scratchpads, the ICZN and ZooBank. ZooKeys, 150 : 167 - 176. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2248

Smith V, Rycroft S, Brake I, Scott B, Baker E, Livermore L, Blagoderov V, Roberts D (2011) Scratchpads 2.0: a Virtual Research Environment supporting scholarly collaboration, communication and data publication in biodiversity science. ZooKeys, 150 : 53 - 70. doi: 10.3897/zookeys.150.2193

Teaching and students

Courses taught

MSc: Taxonomy and Biodiversity
Imperial College, London
Natural History Museum, London
1/2015 - on going.

Impact and outreach

Invited and keynote speaker

Click to submit: rapid publication through Scratchpads and the Biodiversity Data Journal, MONOCOTS V: 5th International Conference on Comparative Biology of Monocotyledons: 8/7/2013.