DR. DAVID BAIN is a researcher at Global Research and Rescue . He has worked in marine mammal research and rescue since 1977. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied killer whales at the north end of Vancouver Island under the late Ken Norris as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. His research has been diverse, involving both captive and wild marine mammals. It has addressed behavior, communication, population dynamics, genetics, toxicology, social organization, physiology, ecology, health, and effects of human activities on marine mammals.
As with his research, rescue activities have been carried out both in aquaria and in the wild. In collaboration with Dr. Gage another Global Research and Rescue member and colleagues at Marine World, he helped restore several beach stranded cetaceans to good health. Dr. Bain led the successful rescue effort of Offshore Killer Whales who were entrapped in Barnes Lake in Alaska. He also identified A73 (“Springer”) as the daughter of one the whales he had studied back when she was a newborn, and was a leader in the successful effort to return her to her pod in his old study area in British Columbia.
He is currently an Affiliate Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Washington, and has served as an adviser to students at the University of California at Santa Cruz and Davis, California State University at Hayward and San Francisco, and the University of British Columbia, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. His work has been supported by federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, National Research Council, NOAA Fisheries, US Geological Survey, and the Minerals Management Service, in addition to support received through non-profit organizations.