PhD, Ecology and Evolution, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2018

MSc Biology, Dalhousie University, Canada, 2015

BSc Marine Biology (1st Class), University of St. Andrews, Scotland, 2011

Before COA

Visiting Assistant Professor of Digital and Computational Studies, Bates College, Lewiston, Maine, USA, 2021-22

Head of Faculty, Data Science Campus, Office for National Statistics, Newport, Wales, 2021

Data Science Lecturer, Data Science Campus, Office for National Statistics, Newport, Wales, 2019-20

Medical Research Council Fellow, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 2018-19

Visiting Researcher, Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba, Brazil, 2018-19

Visiting Researcher, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology,
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia, Fall 2017

Visiting Researcher, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway, Fall 2016

Scholarly and Creative Interests

I am a disease ecologist and marine biologist by training with a keen interest in programming, data science, and the use of novel data sources in research. The core of my research focuses on spatial and temporal patterns in human and biological systems, including disease spread, animal movement, and fisheries management. I use spatiotemporal modelling and other data science techniques to understand these patterns and to evaluate the impact of interventions and policy decisions.

Over time my interests have evolved to include issues of unequal access in computer science education including barriers related to native language, accessibility, and geography. I am working on several open-source projects with members of the Rladies, Pyladies, Afrimapr, and Minorities in R communities including the development of open-source pedagogical and methodological approaches to equip communities with the tools to engage in data science work so that they may address issues of local and/or ecocultural importance.

More About Me

Outside of work I enjoy learning languages, hiking, swimming, skating, playing ultimate frisbee, and sailing.


Baker LL, Matthiopoulos J, Mul̈ler T, Freuling C, Hampson K (2020). Local rabies transmission and regional spatial coupling in European foxes. PLoS ONE 15(5).

Baker LL, Matthiopoulos J, Müller T, Freuling C, Hampson K (2019). Optimizing spatial and seasonal deployment of vaccination campaigns to eliminate wildlife rabies. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. 374.

Baker LL, Mills Flemming JE, Jonsen ID, Lidgard DC, Iverson SJ, and Bowen WD (2015). A novel approach to quantifying the spatiotemporal behavior of instrumented grey seals used to sample the environment. Movement Ecology 3(20).

Baker LL, Jonsen ID, Mills Flemming JE, Lidgard DC, Bowen WD, Iverson SJ, and Webber DM (2014). Probability of detecting marine predator-prey and species interactions using novel hybrid acoustic transmitter-receiver tags. PLoS ONE 9(6).

Baker LL, Wiff R, Quiroz J, FloresA, Céspedes R, Barrientos M, Ojeda V, and Gatica C. 2013. Reproductive ecology of the female pink cusk-eel (Genypterus blacodes): evaluating differences between fishery management zones in the Chilean austral zone. Environmental Biology of Fishes : 1-11.

Wirth JA, Baker LL, Manley TS, Atherton D, Nichols KM, Knauft ME, Cohen MC. Continuous echocardiographic assessment of right ventricular function during recumbent exercise in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. Am. J. Resp. Crit. Care Med. 181: A3386.