Research & Current Projects
My research is focused on understanding the underlying processes shaping biodiversity at multiple spatial and temporal scales. I am passionate about the application of ecological research and developing a robust scientific basis for conservation. Over the years, I have been intensively involved in ecological research including both monitoring and developing complex ecological models.
Currently, I am working on developing quantitative environmental objectives, identifying thresholds of probable concern, and wetland prioritisation for waterbirds across the Murray Darling Basin.
Recently, I helped develop an adaptive management framework for the Macquarie Marshes, a Ramsar wetland of international importance. The project centred on water management and aimed to integrate climate change adaptation strategies across different management scales and responsibilities. As part of our research, I developed models of ecological cause-and-effect for key ecological assets under alternative water management regimes and plausible climate change scenarios to form the basis of a process model for a wetland ecosystem. Two examples of modelled key ecological assets include: spatially-explicit models of breeding responses of numerous colonial waterbird species, and state and transition models for flood dependant vegetation communities.
As part of my PhD at UNSW, I worked on developing large-scale conservation strategies using NSW's terrestrial mammal species as a case study. This included developing species distribution models, identifying mammalian assemblages, exploring optimisation techniques for monitoring, testing the effectiveness of the existing protected area network under existing an projected climate change, and examined the importance of scale for phylogeographic patterning of co-occurring mammal species. During this time I also undertook monitoring and estimating population of swamp wallabies using motion detection cameras and employing spatially explicit metapopulation viability analysis in an urban environment under threat by road mortality.
During my MSc, I tracked the foraging behaviours of foxes and jackals before and after a controlled manipulation in resource availability. During this I developed statistical approaches for modelling spatio-temporal changes in individual spatial movement patterns, and analysed changes in populations' survival rates in response to the intervention.
Bino, G., K. Jenkins, and R. T., Kingsford. (in press) Adaptive management of Ramsar wetlands. In: Palutikof J., Boulter S., Barnett J.,Rissik D. Wiley-Blackwell, England (eds) Practical studies in climate change adaptation/Applied climate change adaptation research.
Bino, G., C. Steinfeld, R. T., Kingsford. (in press) Maximising colonial waterbirds breeding events, using identified ecological thresholds and environmental flow management. Ecological Applications.
Bino, G., D. Ramp, R. T., Kingsford. (in press) Identifying minimal sets of survey techniques for multi-species monitoring across landscapes: An approach utilising species distribution models. International Journal of Geographic Information Sciences.
Bino, G., D. Ramp, R. T. Kingsford. (2013) Niche evolution in Australian terrestrial mammals? Clarifying scale-dependencies in phylogenetic and functional drivers of communities, Evolutionary Ecology, 27:1159-1173.
Bino, G., D. Ramp, R.T. Kingsford. (2012) Improving bioregional frameworks for conservation by including mammal distributions, Austral Ecology, 38:393-404.
Roger, E., G. Bino., D. Ramp (2012) Linking habitat suitability and road mortalities across geographic ranges, Landscape Ecology, 27:1167-1181.
Bino, G., A. Dolev, D. Yosha, A. Guter, R. King, D. Saltz, S. Kark. (2010). Abrupt spatial and numerical responses of overabundant foxes to a reduction in anthropogenic resources. Journal of Applied Ecology, 47:1262-1271.
Lanszki, J., G. Giannatos, A. Dolev, G. Bino, M. Heltai. (2010). Late autumn trophic flexibility of the golden jackal (Canis aureus). Acta Theriologica, 55:361-370.
Bino, G., N. Levin, S. Darawshi, N. Van Der Hal, A. Reich-Solomon, S. Kark. (2008). Accurate prediction of bird species richness patterns in an urban environment using Landsat-derived NDVI and spectral unmixing. International Journal of Remote Sensing, 29:3675-3700.