I’m a Reader in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. I’m also an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Oceanography, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, and continue to collaborate with the Coastal Modeling Group there. I’m affiliated with MASTS.
I spend a lot of time chasing after plankton with mathematical models (although at heart I’m rooting for the plankton to escape). There are two main themes running through my current work: first, given that climate-related changes in the ocean, atmosphere, and rivers can push on a marine ecosystem by a dozen separate pathways simultaneously, which of those pathways are the crucial ones? Second, what is the role of biological complexity (diversity, adaptability, behaviour, life history) in large-scale patterns in the ocean?
Before oceanography (PhD, Univ of Washington, 2005) I studied comparative religion (MA, Univ of Colorado, 1998), with a focus on cross-cultural perspectives on the place of humans in the natural world and the history of British and American nature writing. I taught environmental humanities and animal studies at the Univ of Washington 2001–2013, and I remain very interested in First Nations responses to natural and historical unpredictability, mainly in anthropological and mythic/literary registers.
I also make art, sort of listening in on what hydrodynamic and ecological models and analytical geometry talk about in the dark after hours. Before my kids were born, I travelled a lot and took a lot of photos; now I mainly photograph them pouring dirt on themselves.
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower, 26 Richmond St, Glasgow G1 1XH, UK
neil.banas at strath.ac.uk