Dr (Sandy) R. A. Baker
 
Address: Faculty of Biological Sciences, University of Leeds
LS2 9JT Leeds
United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)1943 873241
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E-Mail: pabrab@leeds.ac.uk
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Research Topics
 
1. Freshwater mites associated with molluscs and insects.

2. Unionicolid mites in freshwater bivalve molluscs (Anodonta and other genera)-life cycles, population dynamics,'host-parasite' relationships, damage to host and host reactions etc.

3. Larval mites ectoparasitic on freshwater insects, especially Diptera, Hemiptera and Odonata - general biology including site selection, host preferences, damage to host etc.

4. Aquatic mites in Ireland and the work of J.N.Halbert.

5. "British Hydracarina" and the work of C.D.Soar and W.Williamson.



 

 
Publications
 
Baker, R A (1964 ): Some preliminary observations on the mite fauna of sewage bacteria beds - Ann. Mag. Nat. Hist. 7: 707-709.
Baker, R A (1975 ): Arachnida - Ecological aspects of used water treatment. Eds. C R Curds and H A Hawkes, 1: 375-392.
Baker, R A (1976 ): Tissue damage and leukocytic infiltration following attachment of the mite Unionicola intermedia to the gills of Anodonta anatina. - Journal of Invertebrate Pathology 27: 371-376.
Baker, R A (1977 ): Nutrition in the mite Unionicola intermedia, Koenike and its relationship to the inflammatory response induced in its molluscan host Anodonta anatina. - Parasitology 75: 301-308.
Baker, R A (1978 ): Does the mite Unionicola intermedia, Koenike feed on the products of the inflammatory response induced in its molluscan host Anodonta anatina. - Fourth International Congress of Parasitology, Warsaw, Poland (Abstract)
Baker, R A (1982 ): Unionicolid mites from Central New York. - Journal of the New York Entomological Society XC: 176-180.
Jones, R K H and R A Baker (1984 ): Descriptions of unionicolid larvae from North American freshwater unionid bivalves - Hydrobiologia 114: 109-113.
Baker, R A (1987 ): Aspects of the life history of Unionicola ypsilophora (Bonz, 1783) a freshwater mite living in the swan mussel, Anodonta cygnea (L.). - Naturalist 112: 53-58.
Baker, R A (1988 ): Recent work on Unionicolid mites (Acari: Unionicolidae) parasitic in freshwater bivalve molluscs. - Progress in Acarology 1: 417-421.
Baker, R A (1991 ): Development and life history strategies in mussel mites. - The Acari:Reproduction,development and life history strategies, Chapman and Hall, London. 65-73.
Baker, R A, S Brett and N Morley (1991 ): Watermite larvae parasitic on insects - a study of larval structures and host relationships. - Modern Acarology Eds. F Dusbabek and V Budva, Academia, Prague 1: 493-496.
Baker, R A, P E Hick and V Hill (1992 ): Seasonal changes in the population of the mite Unionicola intermedia (Hydrachnellae, Acari) in the freshwater mussel Anodonta anatina (Unionidae). - Hydrobiologia 242: 63-68.
Baker, R A (1995 ): Mussels, mites and midges. - Bulletin of the Scandinavian Society for Parasitology 5(1): 27.
Baker, R A (2003 ): The impact of mites on midges and mosquitoes. - International Symposium on parasitic arthropods of medical and sanitary significance, Poland (Abstract)117.
Baker, R A and R A Bayliss (2005 ): James Nathaniel Halbert (1872-1948): Irish acarologist, entomologist and museum naturalist - with special reference to acarology. - Irish Naturalist's Journal 28(3): 107-115.
Baker, R A, P J Mill and A Zawal (2006 ): Mites on freshwater insects - studies in biodiversity and exploitation. - International Symposium of ecologists of the Republic of Montenegro, Proceedings. 9-15.
Baker, R A (2006 ): Mites on Odonates:some early accounts and records (to 1950) from Britain. - Journal of the British Dragonfly Society 22(2): 54-57.
Baker, R A, V M Pesic, R Gerecke, N Hristovski and S Stojanovski (2007 ): A comparative analysis of the water mite fauna of three transboundary lakesin the Balkans - Proceedings of the 1st Symposium for proyection of natural lakes in the Republic of Macedonia, Ohrid, Macedonia (Abstract ) 102.
Baker, R A, P J Mill and A Zawal (2007 ): Mites on zygoptera with particular reference to Arrenurus species, selection sites and host preferences - Odonatologica 36: 339-347.
Baker R A, V M Pesic, R Gerecke, N Hristovski and S Stojanovski (2008 ): A comparative analysis of the watermite fauna (Acari) of three transboundary lakes in the Balkans. - Lauterbornia 62: 45-51.
Baker, R A, P J Mill and A Zawal (2008 ): Ectoparasitic watermite larvae of the genus Arrenurus on their host Coenagrion puella (L) - (Odonata: Coenagrionidae) - Odonatologica 37: 193-202.
Baker, R A (2009 ): The freshwater and marine mites (Halacaridae) of Ireland a review and bibliography. - Irish Naturalists\' Journal 30 (2): 105-111.
Baker, R A, R A Bayliss and P Soar (2009 ): Freshwater mites and microscopists: two British pioneers, Charles David Soar (1853-1939) and William Williamson (1869-1950). - Quekett Journal of Microscopy. 41 (1): 27-35 and 41 (2): 175-180.
Baker, R A and A Zawal (2011 ): Mites on damselflies and dragonflies. - Dragonfly news 60: 22.
Baker, R A (2011 ): Parasites of damselflies and dragonflies a review of recent work. - Journal of the British Dragonfly Society 27(2): 87-104.
Kulijer, D, R A Baker and A Zawal (2012 ): A preliminary report on parasitism of Odonata by water mites from Bosnia and Herzegovina. - Journal of the British Dragonfly Society 28 (2): 92-101.
Kulijer, D, R A Baker and A Zawal (2013 ): Further studies on the Odonata from Bosnia and Herzegovina and their mite parasites. - Journal of the British Dragonfly Society 29 (2): 97-106.