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Glen Bain

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Glen Bain

Technical Officer - Teaching, SH&W and Fieldwork

Room 271 , Life Sciences Building

+614 050 632 30 (phone)

Glen.Bain@utas.edu.au

Biography

Prior to joining The University of Tasmania, Glen worked as a Research Assistant and Project Officer at The University of Melbourne in Victoria. Glen also completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at UniMelb, majoring in animal behaviour from, what was once, the university’s Zoology Department. Glen currently works as a researcher, academic supervisor, and laboratory and field technician for the Biological Sciences discipline.

General Responsibilities

Dr Bain is a wildlife ecologist at The University of Tasmania’s School of Natural Sciences whose research focusses on the behaviour and physiology of songbirds. Glen has a special interest in how habitat can be restored in farming landscapes to benefit woodland bird populations, farm profitability and farmer wellbeing.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeThesis TitleUniversityCountryDate of Award
PhDScience to inform habitat restoration for woodland bird communities of the Tasmanian MidlandsUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2019
MScTerritory configuration moderates the frequency of extra-group mating in a cooperatively breeding birdThe University of MelbourneAustralia2012
BSc University of Tasmania Australia2010

Administrative expertise

Work health and safety procedures including risk assessments, field trip registrations and driver authorisations.

Teaching

Teaching expertise

  • Backyard Biodiversity unit design.
  • Laboratory manager in Plant Sciences.
  • Academic supervisor of honours and masters’ students in Biological Sciences studying ornithology.

Teaching responsibility

View more on Mr Glen Bain in WARP

Expertise

  • Ornithology
  • Restoration Ecology
  • Molecular Ecology

Research Themes

Glen’s research aligns to the University’s research theme Environment, Resources and Sustainability. His research interests include the mating systems of songbirds, interspecific competition in wildlife, and the impacts of agricultural land-use change on bird populations. Woodland bird communities are a threatened ecological community in Australia with populations of many small birds, especially ground-foraging insectivores, in decline. An overarching theme of Glen’s research is the application of behavioural and physiological data collected from woodland birds in the field to the design of ecological restoration programs and conservation efforts in Tasmania.

Another keen interest of Glen’s is environmental sustainability education. He has been involved in a number of outreach and volunteer programs and frequently works with non-government organisations to spread the word on the importance of protecting Tasmania’s unique biodiversity.

Collaboration

Glen’s doctoral research was in partnership with Greening Australia and in collaboration with Bush Heritage Australia, the Tasmanian Land Conservancy and the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment.

Awards

2018 UTAS 3-minute thesis people’s choice and judges’ winner

Current projects

The value of restoration plantings to wildlife in the Tasmanian Midlands Biodiversity Hotspot.

Fields of Research

  • Conservation and biodiversity (410401)
  • Terrestrial ecology (310308)
  • Community ecology (excl. invasive species ecology) (310302)

Research Objectives

  • Terrestrial biodiversity (180606)
  • Assessment and management of terrestrial ecosystems (180601)
  • Climate change adaptation measures (excl. ecosystem) (190101)
  • Rehabilitation or conservation of terrestrial environments (180604)

Publications

Total publications

3

Journal Article

(3 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2020Bain GC, MacDonald MA, Hamer R, Gardiner R, Johnson CN, et al., 'Changing bird communities of an agricultural landscape: Declines in arboreal foragers, increases in large species', Royal Society Open Science, 7, (3) pp. 1-20. ISSN 2054-5703 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1098/rsos.200076 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 2

Co-authors: Hamer R; Gardiner R; Johnson CN; Jones ME

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2019Bain GC, Johnson CN, Jones M, 'Chronic stress in superb fairy-wrens occupying remnant woodlands: are noisy miners to blame?', Austral Ecology, 44, (7) pp. 1139-1149. ISSN 1442-9993 (2019) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1111/aec.12785 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Web of Science - 1

Co-authors: Johnson CN; Jones M

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2018Gardiner R, Bain GC, Hamer R, Jones ME, Johnson CN, 'Habitat amount and quality, not patch size, determine persistence of a woodland-dependent mammal in an agricultural landscape', Landscape Ecology, 33, (11) pp. 1837-1849. ISSN 0921-2973 (2018) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s10980-018-0722-0 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 16Web of Science - 15

Co-authors: Gardiner R; Hamer R; Jones ME; Johnson CN

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Grants & Funding

  • Australian Wildlife Society student grant (2017)
  • Faculty of Science (UniMelb) National Scholarship (2010)
  • British Ornithologists Union small research grant (2016)
  • Holsworth Wildlife Research grant (2011 & 2012)

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$3,587

Projects

Measuring chronic stress in superb fairy-wrens of the Tasmanian Midlands (2017)$1,500
Description
The project will involve the capture and blood sampling of superb fairy-wrens that occupy habitat with varying degrees of disturbance (e.g. noisy miner abundance) and fragmentation. Chronic stress in wrens will be measured in the laboratory via white blood cell ratios.
Funding
Australian Wildlife Society ($1,500)
Scheme
Grant-University Students Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Johnson CN; Bain GC
Year
2017
Using a novel approach to assess microhabitat use under predation risk of declining ground-foraging birds in fragmented farmland (2016)$2,087
Description
This is a field study to assess the influence of predation risk on microhabitat selection of ground-foraging woodland birds in the Tasmanian Midlands.
Funding
British Ornithologist's Union ($2,087)
Scheme
Grant-Small Ornithological Research Grant
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Jones ME; Johnson CN; Bain GC
Year
2016

Dr Bain is currently co-supervising students completing their Honours and the Master of Applied Science degrees (Biological Sciences). Due to current commitments he is not seeking to supervise additional students. However, please do get in contact if you are a prospective HDR student interested in studying ornithology at UTAS; Glen is more than happy to discuss potential avenues for research.