Neil Banas, PhD, is a Reader in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. He has 25 years of experience in modeling ocean ecosystems and biophysical interactions.
Originally trained as a seagoing physical oceanographer and estuarine modeler, he has worked on problems from residence time in estuaries and coastal biophysical interactions to regional-scale phytoplankton dynamics, zooplankton behavior and community assembly, and bioenergetics and movement modeling for fish, seabirds, and bowhead whales.
Banas co-led a partnership in the Pacific Northwest United States with academics, federal agencies, and state and tribal natural resources managers to develop early warning systems for harmful algal blooms. Since 2021, he has also served as lead ecological modeler for the Atlantic Salmon Trust.
Dr. Banas received a BA with Distinction in Physics and Religion from Swarthmore College, an MA in Religious Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and an MS and PhD in Oceanography from the University of Washington.