I’m a Senior Lecturer in the Dept of Maths and Stats, Univ of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK. I’m a member of the Marine Resource Modelling group, along with Mike Heath, Juan Bonachela, Dougie Speirs, and Robin Cook, and 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.
Dept of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Strathclyde, Livingstone Tower, 26 Richmond St, Glasgow G1 1XH, UK
neil.banas at strath.ac.uk