Dr Neil Banas

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Mathematics and Statistics

Personal statement

I'm an oceanographer and mathematical ecologist, with a background in physical oceanography. My current organizing questions: first, given that climate change can push on a marine ecosystem by a dozen separate pathways simultaneously, which pathways are the crucial ones? Second, what is the role of biological complexity (diversity, adaptability, behavior, life history) in large-scale patterns in the ocean? I use a range of dynamical model methods from high-resolution, spatially explicit simulations to paper-and-pencil sketches of life history and population dynamics.

Publications

Spatio-temporal variation in the zooplankton prey of lesser sandeels : species and community trait patterns from the continuous plankton recorder
Olin Agnes B, Banas Neil S, Johns David G, Heath Michael R, Wright Peter J, Nager Ruedi G
ICES Journal of Marine Science Vol 79, pp. 1649-1661 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.1093/icesjms/fsac101
The onset of the spring phytoplankton bloom in the coastal North Sea supports the Disturbance Recovery Hypothesis
González-Gil Ricardo, Banas Neil S, Bresnan Eileen, Heath Michael R
Biogeosciences Vol 19, pp. 2417-2426 (2022)
https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-19-2417-2022
Can a key boreal Calanus copepod species now complete its life- cycle in the Arctic? Evidence and implications for Arctic food- webs
Tarling Geraint, Freer Jennifer J, Banas Neil S, Belcher Anna, Blackwell Mayleen, Castellani Claudia, Cook Kathryn B, Cottier Finlo R, Daase Malin, Johnson Magnus L, Last Kim S, Lindeque Penelope K, Mayor Daniel J, Mitchell Elaine, Parry Helen, Speirs Douglas C, Stowasser Gabriele, Wootton Marianne
Ambio (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01667-y
Shine a light : under-ice light and its ecological implications in a changing Arctic Ocean
Castellani Giulia, Veyssière Gaëlle, Karcher Michael, Stroeve Julienne, Banas S Neil, Bouman A Heather, Brierley S Andrew, Connan Stacey, Cottier Finlo, Große Fabian, Hobbs Laura, Katlein Christian, Light Bonnie, McKee David, Orkney Andrew, Proud Roland, Schourup-Kristensen Vibe
Ambio (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1007/s13280-021-01662-3
Sea ice decline drives biogeographical shifts of key Calanus species in the central Arctic Ocean
Ershova Elizaveta A, Kosobokova Ksenia N, Banas Neil S, Ellingsen Ingrid, Niehoff Barbara, Hildebrandt Nicole, Hirche Hans Juergen
Global Change Biology Vol 27, pp. 2128-2143 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.1111/gcb.15562
Reconciling behavioral, bioenergetic, and oceanographic views of bowhead whale predation on overwintering copepods at an Arctic hotspot (Disko Bay, Greenland)
Banas Neil S, Møller Eva Friis, Laidre Kristin L, Simon Malene, Ellingsen Ingrid H, Nielsen Torkel Gissel
Frontiers in Marine Science Vol 8 (2021)
https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2021.614582

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Professional activities

GlobalHAB modeling workshop online webinar series
Organiser
29/6/2021

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Projects

Ecosystem Change, Offshore Wind, Net Gain and Seabirds (ECOWINGS)
Speirs, Douglas (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 31-Jan-2026
Using newly synthesized ecosystem signals during early smolt migration to inform salmon management in southern European stocks
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2022 - 30-Jan-2023
Art of Mapping Ocean Change
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
25-Jan-2021 - 01-Jan-2022
How does phytoplankton diversity affect primary production in the ocean?
Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Co-investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2021 - 31-Jan-2024
Mapping the use of North Atlantic ocean habitat by post-smolt salmon
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
03-Jan-2020 - 31-Jan-2022
Global warming, plankton functional diversity, and the biological ocean pump
Chen, Bingzhang (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
This project aims to understand the roles of plankton functional diversity on the biological ocean pump, a key process of the global carbon cycle, within the context of global warming.
We focus on the vast oligotrophic open ocean and our objective is to combine model development and observational data to address the key questions below:
What types of plankton functional traits will be the most important for primary production and carbon export?
What are the patterns of plankton functional diversity in the oligotrophic open ocean?
How will warming affect both plankton functional diversity and carbon export?
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022

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