Professor Troy Baisden

Bay of Plenty Regional Council Chair in Lake and Freshwater Science

Qualifications: PhD 2000 University of California, Berkeley

About Troy

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Troy Baisden specialises in understanding the flow of nutrients, water and carbon through terrestrial ecosystems and resulting impacts in freshwater. He spent the last decade at GNS Science’s National Isotope Centre, ensuring New Zealand has access to challenging isotope techniques combined with the ‘big-picture’ understanding required to apply them to the nation’s most important environmental issues. This has involved sophisticated instrumental techniques, yet the most crucial understanding often evolves from large scale environmental economic data, viewed in a policy, social and cultural context. Troy wants to see science enable innovative approaches to water management that create flexibility and efficiency beyond what conventional environmental regulation offers. He has an interest in analytics and science policy as they relate to addressing global change issues. He holds a PhD from the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also an Investigator in Te Pūnaha Matatini, the Centre of Research Excellence on networks and complexity, and an Associate Editor for the journal Biogeochemistry.


Climate; Environment; Globalisation; Natural Resources

Biogeochemistry; Ecosystem Science; Freshwater

Recent Publications

  • Stewart, S. D., Hamilton, D. P., Baisden, W. T., Dedual, M., Verburg, P., Duggan, I. C., . . . Graham, B. S. (2017). Variable littoral-pelagic coupling as a food-web response to seasonal changes in pelagic primary production. Freshwater Biology, 18 pages. doi:10.1111/fwb.13046

  • Horrocks, M., Baisden, T., Flenley, J., Feek, D., Love, C., Haoa-Cardinali, S., . . . Edmunds Gorman, T. (2017). Pollen, phytolith and starch analyses of dryland soils from Easter Island (Rapa Nui) show widespread vegetation clearance and Polynesian-introduced crops. Palynology, 41(3), 339-350. doi:10.1080/01916122.2016.1204566

  • Sanderman, J., Creamer, C., Baisden, W. T., Farrell, M., & Fallon, S. (2017). Greater soil carbon stocks and faster turnover rates with increasing agricultural productivity. SOIL, 3(1), 1-16. doi:10.5194/soil-3-1-2017

  • Rogers, K. M., Turnbull, R. E., Martin, A. P., Baisden, W. T., & Rattenbury, M. S. (2017). Stable isotopes reveal human influences on southern New Zealand soils. Applied Geochemistry, 82, 15-24. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2017.05.006

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Contact Details

Room: R.2.22
Phone: +64 7 838 4055