Dr Neil Banas


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.


Spatial synchrony of breeding success in the blacklegged kittiwake Rissa tridactyla reflects the spatial dynamics of its sandeel prey
Olin Agnes B, Banas Neil S, Wright Peter J, Heath Michael R, Nager Ruedi G
Marine Ecology Progress Series Vol 638, pp. 177-190 (2020)
Multi-day water residence time as a mechanism for physical and biological gradients across intertidal flats
Wheat Elizabeth E, Banas Neil S, Ruesink Jennifer L
Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science (2019)
Pelagic food-webs in a changing Arctic : a trait-based perspective suggests a mode of resilience
Renaud Paul E, Daase Malin, Banas Neil S, Gabrielsen Tove M, Søreide Janne E, Varpe Øystein, Cottier Finlo, Falk-Petersen Stig, Halsband Claudia, Vogedes Daniel, Heggland Kristin, Berge Jørgen
ICES Journal of Marine Science Vol 75, pp. 1871-1881 (2018)
Seasonal variation in light response of polar phytoplankton
Sloughter TM, Banas Neil, Sambrotto RN
Journal of Marine Systems (2018)
The effect of alongcoast advection on pacific northwest shelf and slope water properties in relation to upwelling variability
Stone Hally B, Banas Neil S, Maccready Parker
Journal of Geophysical Research: Oceans (2018)
GlobalHAB : a new program to promote international research, observations, and modeling of harmful algal blooms in aquatic systems
Berdalet Elisa, Kudela Raphael, Urban Ed, Enevoldsen Henrik, Banas Neil S, Bresnan Eileen, Burford Michele, Davidson Keith, Gobler Christopher J, Karlson Bengt, Lim Po Teen, Mackenzie Lincoln, Montresor Marina, Trainer Vera L, Usup Gires, Yin Kedong
Oceanography Vol 30, pp. 70-81 (2017)

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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
Mechanistic understanding of the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a warmer Arctic | Connan, Stacey
McKee, David (Principal Investigator) Banas, Neil (Co-investigator) Connan, Stacey (Research Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2019 - 01-Jan-2022
Primary production driven by escalating nutrient fluxes?
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2018 - 30-Jan-2021
Mechanistic understanding of the role of diatoms in the success of the Arctic Calanus complex and implications for a warmer Arctic
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator) Heath, Mike (Co-investigator) Speirs, Douglas (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 02-Jan-2021
Arctic PRoductivity in the seasonal Ice ZonE (Arctic PriZE)
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator) McKee, David (Co-investigator)
01-Jan-2017 - 30-Jan-2021
MERHAB: An early warning system for Pseudo-nitzschia HABs on Pacific Northwest outer-coast beaches
Banas, Neil (Principal Investigator)
01-Jan-2016 - 30-Jan-2021

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