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Owen Nevin

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Professor
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About Me

Professor Owen Nevin is the Associate Vice-Chancellor for the Gladstone Region. As Associate Vice-Chancellor, Owen is keen to promote the Gladstone region as a fantastic location to pursue post-school study options, from certificate through to degree courses, and also industrial and environmentally-focused research. Owen has a background in behavioural ecology, specialising in large carnivores, particularly bears. Currently, Owen is working as part of a research team helping to conserve the globally endangered snow leopard.

General
Background

Prof Nevin received a BSc (Hons) in Biology and Ecology from the University of East Anglia (UK) and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from Utah State University (USA). Owen is a population and behavioural ecologist specialising in large carnivores. Much of his research work has been focused around advancing the conservation of bears and their habitats through developing better management and understanding of bears, bear-viewing ecotourism and resource exploitation (fisheries and forestry) in the ecosystems of the Great Bear Rainforest. In conducting this work he has applied a combination of behavioural, spatial and economic tools to gain novel insights into population processes. Techniques applied in these studies range from satellite telemetry and spatial modelling, through remote camera trapping and genetic sampling, to direct ethological observation. A long-term study (ongoing since 1997) of the brown bear population in the Glendale region of Knight Inlet, British Columbia is delivering opportunities to understand interactions across a generational scale in these long-lived animals.

Owen has applied many of the lessons learned in the Glendale population to the management of problem wildlife and conservation of carnivores in other regions around the world including current studies of snow leopards in Kazakhstan. This is not restricted to large carnivores and he has applied GPS telemetry techniques and behaviourally spatial modelling to invasive grey squirrel populations in the United Kingdom and , more locally, northern hairy nosed wombats in Queensland.

Universities Studied At

Utah State University

University of California, San Diego

University of East Anglia

Universities Worked At

University of Cumbria

University of Central Lancashire

Utah State University


Awards

Australia Day Award Finalist (Gladstone Region) (2016)

Britain’s Top Young Researchers in the Biosciences – Finalist (2005 and 2006)

Nuffield Foundation Newly Appointed Lecturer Award (2005 – 2007)

Stokes-Leopold Memorial Scholar (2002 – 2003)

Robins Award for Academic Excellence (2002)

Previous teaching

Undergraduate

Unit leader and sole instructor for:

Academic/Vocational Placement (Year-long placement)

Animal Behaviour

Animal Ecology

Applied Field Studies (delivered in West Africa and India)

Behavioural Applications for Conservation

Behavioural Ecology

Research Theory and Practice

Wildlife Diversity

Wildlife Identification Lab

Wildlife Management

Unit leader and principal member of instructional team for:

Biodiversity Monitoring

Chordate Biology

Evolution and Biogeography

Member of instructional team for:

Biodiversity (Double Unit)

Conservation in Aquatic Ecosystems

Conservation Practical

Conservation Strategies

Contemporary Issues in Natural Resource Management

Dissertation (Double Unit)

Ecology

Forest Design and Management

Introduction to Conservation Biology

Investigative Techniques

Landscape Ecology

Marine Biodiversity Monitoring

Skills for Field and Lab

Wildlife and Media

Wildlife and Recreation Management

Wildlife and Recreation Management

Graduate

Unit leader and sole instructor for:

Advanced Theoretical Population Ecology

Field Studies in Animal Conservation

Unit leader and principal member of instructional team for:

Applied Research Techniques

Member of instructional team for:

Assessing Biological Diversity

Conservation Biology

Conservation in Practice

Dissertation (Triple Unit)

Marine Biodiversity Assessment

Professional Experience

EMPLOYMENT

CQUniversity Australia

Associate Vice-Chancellor Gladstone Region (2014 – Present)

Head of Campus, Gladstone (2013 – 2014)

Dean of Graduate Research (2012 – 2014)

ECCB2012 Ltd

Director (2011 – 2014)

University of Cumbria

Head of the National School of Forestry (2010 – 2012)

Quality Group Leader – Forestry, Conservation, Applied Science and Engineering (2010 – 2012)

Senior Lecturer (2007–2010)

Course Director of the following programs:

B.Sc. (Hons) Animal Conservation Science

B.Sc. (Hons) Conservation Biology

B.A. (Hons) Wildlife and Media (2007-2008)

University of Central Lancashire

Senior Lecturer (2004 – 2007)

Course Director of the following program: B.Sc. (Hons) Animal Conservation Science

Lecturer (2003 – 2004)

Utah State University

Graduate Instructor (2000 - 2003)

Graduate Teaching Assistant (1998 – 2000)

PROFESSIONAL ROLES (APPOINTED/ELECTED)

Gladstone Healthy Harbour Partnership (Management Committee) (2015 – Present)

Headspace4Gladstone (Chair) (2014 – Present)

Port Curtis Integrated Monitoring Program (PCIMP Independent Chair) (2014 – Present)

Port Curtis Coral Coast Regional TUMRA (Steering Committee Member) (2014 – Present)

Gladstone Vision 2035 (Chair) (2014 – 2015)

Gladstone Sister City Committee (2014 – 2015)

Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (Council Member) (2013 – Present)

Port of Gladstone Maintenance Dredging Technical Advisory Consultative Committee (2013 – Present)

Gladstone Regional Environmental Advisory Network (2013 – Present)

Gladstone Senior Officers Network (2013 – Present)

Spirit Bear Research Foundation (Scientific Advisor) (2012 – Present)

Society for Conservation Biology

Global Board Member (2010 – 2013)

Chair, Local Organising Committee (2010 – 2012)

- 3rd European Congress of Conservation Biology

Invited referee (2006, 2010 - 2013)

- David H. Smith Conservation Research Fellowship

Scientific Committee (2004 – 2012)

- European Congress of Conservation Biology

European Section Board Member (Secretary) (2003 – 2009)

International Association for Bear Research and Management

Associate Editor, Ursus (2008 – Present)

Ministry of Defense (UK)

Conservation advisory panel (Training Estate North) (2010 - 2012)

Centre for Alpine Ecology, Trento, Italy

Biodiversity assessment advisory panel (2008 – 2012)

Professional Memberships

British Ecological Society

International Association for Bear Research and Management

Society for Conservation Biology

The Higher Education Academy

Zoological Society of London (Fellow)

 

Responsibilities

Editor

Associate Editor – Ursus                (2008 – present)

Consultancy Work

Sinclair, B, Watson-Crook, A, Nevin, OT, Carr A, Smith D & Mehrotra R (2011) Pilot study examining the effects of hydraulic and elevator dredge harvesting of marine bivalves such as the common cockle (Cerastoderma edule L.) on intertidal communities. Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Penrith.

Miles, L & Nevin, OT (2010) Habitat preferences of the freshwater pearl mussel Margaritifera margaritifera. Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Penrith.

Nevin, OT (2009) An assessment and review of potential impacts of timber extraction from harvest blocks around Pete Lake in the Knight East Landscape Unit on the population of brown bears (Ursus arctos) in the Glendale-Tom Browne drainage. National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, Penrith.

Clapham, M & Nevin, OT (2009) A preliminary stock assessment and investigation of mortality sources for Atlantic salmon in the River Eden drainage. Centre for Wildlife Conservation, University of Cumbria, Penrith.

Nevin, OT (2008) Tempro-spatial influence of forest road re-commissioning on movement patterns and travel corridors in brown bears (Ursus arctos) in second growth temperate rainforest ecosystems in coastal British Columbia. National School of Forestry, University of Cumbria, Penrith.

Swain, P & Nevin, OT (2007) Mammal Survey Site: Newmills, Letterkenny, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. Centre for Animal Conservation, University of Central Lancashire, Penrith.

Swain, P & Nevin, OT (2007) Mammal Survey Site: Drumkeen, County Donegal, Republic of Ireland. Centre for Animal Conservation, University of Central Lancashire, Penrith.

Nevin, OT (2006) Confidential Report for Aviva Insurance: Operations Liability – bear viewing. Centre for Animal Conservation, University of Central Lancashire, Penrith.

Nevin, OT & Gilbert, BK (2001) Further Analysis of Human - Bear Interactions: A Supplement to "BC Bear Viewing: An Analysis of Bear – Human Interactions, Economic and Social Dimensions with Recommendations for Best Practices" Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Nevin, OT, Gilbert, BK & Smith, JS (2001) BC Bear Viewing: An Analysis of Bear - Human Interactions, Economic and Social Dimensions with Recommendations for Best Practices Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Nevin, OT & Gilbert, B.K. (2000) Evaluation of a model bear viewing program at Glendale River with policy recommendations Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Utah State University, Logan, Utah.

Research Supervision
Accreditation

I am currently accredited for supervision in the following:

  • Ecological Applications
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Science and Management

At the level of Mentor Supervisor


Current Capacity
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