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About John Banks

Trained as a quantitative ecologist, I have been exploring issues associated with the interplay of managed and natural ecosystems for the past two and a half decades. I am particularly interested in how anthropogenic factors such as pesticide use and landscape use affect organisms - especially invertebrates important for ecosystem services - and employ both mathematical models and field studies to explore these issues and others pertaining to biological control and predator-prey population dynamics in agroecosystems, ecotoxicology, and the conservation of biological diversity. Recent projects include fieldwork in Costa Rica (biodiversity rainforest and subsistence farms; sustainable coffee production) and Kenya (ecological restoration, interactions of birds, arthropods, and elephants) as well as an ongoing collaboration studying ecosystem services as an August T. Larsson Guest Researcher with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Uppsala, Sweden.
Prior to coming to California State University, Monterey Bay, I spent 16 years as a faculty member and administrator on the primarily-undergraduate Tacoma campus of the University of Washington. There, I taught courses in biology, ecology, and entomology, and developed and led study-abroad research courses in Costa Rica and Kenya. I also served as Director of International Programs and Director of Undergraduate Education.


Present Director, California State University, Monterey Bay Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC)
19992015 Professor, University of Washington Tacoma ‐ School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences

Curriculum Vitae


August 1991June 1997 Ph.D., University of Washington - Seattle Campus ‐ Zoology
August 1988August 1990 M.S., University of Southern California ‐ Applied Mathematics
August 1982May 1986 B.A., Pomona College ‐ Mathematics

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Phone: 831-582-3576


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