Dr Mark Baird

Team Leader, Coastal Biogeochemical Modelling

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Mark Baird is an aquatic scientist who uses observations and numerical models to study estuarine and marine ecosystems. He has 61 papers in the peer-review literature on topics including coral-symbiont dynamics, estuarine ecology, plankton population dynamics, salp blooms, ocean acidification, physical oceanography, bio-optics and ecosystem modelling. Dr. Baird has developed parameterisations for ecological processes that have been coupled to community hydrodynamic models such as CSIRO EMS, ROMS, POM and MOM.

Baird leads the Coastal Biogeochemical Modelling team that developed key components of the eReefs marine modelling system that is being used to estimate the water quality properties of the Great Barrier Reef, and optimise the reduction of loads of sediments and nutrients for the purposes of water quality improvements.

He has obtained over $1m in ARC grants, held both an ARC Australian Postdoctoral and Australian Research Fellowship. He has supervised 9 PhD students and 4 Honours students and lectured in oceanography and ecological modelling. Dr. Baird is an active member of the Australian marine science community contributing to the Australia Integrated Marine Observing System, the Australian Marine Science Association and the editing a journal issue on the East Australian Current.

Current Roles

  • Team Leader
    Coastal biogeochemical modelling Team

  • Panel Member
    Panel member of the IOCCG (International Ocean Color Co-ordinating Group) working group on Ocean Colour Applications for Biogeochemical, Ecosystem and Climate Modelling.

  • Theme Leader
    Ecosystem modelling, Reef Restoration and Adaptation Program

  • Member
    Physical observations, Reef 2050 Integrated Monitoring and Reporting Program

Academic Qualifications

  • 2000

    Ph. D. (University of Warwick, UK)

  • 1996

    M. Sc. (University of Hawaii)

  • 1993

    B. E. Hons (University of Sydney)

Professional Experiences

  • 2017

    Principal Research Scientist
    CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

  • 2012

    Senior Research Scientist
    CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research

  • 2010-2012

    Senior Research Fellow

  • 2005-2009

    ARC Australian Research Fellow

  • 2001-2004

    ARC Postdoctoral Fellow

  • 1999-2001

    Research Scientist
    CSIRO Land and Water


  • 2017-2012

    Line, B., N. Cantin, M. Baird and M. Mongin (2017-2021). NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub, Project 3.3.1 – Quantifying the linkages between water quality and the thermal tolerance of GBR coral reefs ($1,181,000).

  • 2017-2018

    Baird, M. E. and S. Condie (2017-18) Great Barrier Reef resilience mapping. Great Barrier Reef Foundation ($386,773).

  • 2017-2019

    Collier, C. Baird, M.E (CSIRO lead) et al. (2017-2019) NESP Tropical Water Quality Hub Project 3.2.1 – Deriving ecologically relevant load targets to meet desired ecosystem condition for the Great Barrier Reef: a case study for seagrass meadows in the Burdekin region ($1,311,000).

  • 2017-2019

    Baird, M. Schaffelke, B. (2017-2019). Scoping study to address poor water quality in the Whitsunday Region. Department of Energy and Environment. ($498,000).

  • 2015-2016

    Baird, M. E. and M. Mongin (2015-16). Ocean Acidification Buffering Workshop. Great Barrier Reef Foundation ($60,000).

  • 2015-2017

    Suthers, I. M., A. J. Richardson, E. Pakhomov and M.E. Baird (2015-2017). The missing link in our oceans: how zooplankton size spectra couple phytoplankton with fisheries (DP150102656) ($349,000)


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