Wendy Baxter

Wendy Baxter

Lab Scientist

Department of Integrative Biology
4007 Valley Life Sciences Building
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-3140
Phone / Fax: (510) 642-1054
E-mail: wendy.l.baxter@berkeley.edu


Website: http://www.wendylbaxter.com



Research Interests
For the past six years I’ve been collaborating with Professor Dawson and Anthony Ambrose on several projects aiming to better understand the physiological impacts of climate change on coast redwoods and giant sequoias. Much of this research was conducted as part of the Save the Redwoods League funded Redwoods and Climate Change Initiative. Most recently we’ve been working on the Leaf to Landscape project, a collaborative effort with the USGS, Carnegie Airborne Observatory and the National Park Service to study the impacts of California’s historic drought on giant sequoias. Thus far we’ve found that although the drought has impacted the world’s largest trees by reducing their leaf area, they are enduring the drought better than many of their co-occurring species. Their presence on the landscape is an indication of reliable and abundant water. However, as climate continues to change, it is uncertain whether these locations will continue to be able to support these long-lived trees.

M.S., Environmental Science, 2006, Wageningen University
B.S., Natural Resources, 2002, Cornell University

Research and Employment History

    • Research Associate at UC Berkeley
    • Research Analyst at the Sustainable Investment Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia
    • Environmental Scientist at Earth Systems in Melbourne, Australia
    • Laboratory Manager and Research Assistant at the Ecology and Management of Invasive Plants Program at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York


Ambrose, A.R., W.L. Baxter, Wong, C.S., S.S.O Burgess, C.B. Williams, R.R. Næsborg, G.W. Koch, T.E. Dawson.  2016. Hydraulic constraints modify optimal photosynthetic profiles in giant sequoia trees. Oecologia. doi:10.1007/s00442-016-3705-3
Ambrose, A.R., W.L. Baxter, C.W. Wong, C.W. Williams, R.S. Naesborg and T.E. Dawson. 2015. Contrasting drought response strategies in California redwoods. Tree Physiology 35: 453- 469.
Wallis De Vries M., Baxter W., Vliet A. (2011) Beyond climate envelopes: effects of weather on regional population trends in butterflies. Oecologia 167:559-571