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Ph.D. Zoology, University of Washington, Seattle, WA, 1997.
M.S. Applied Mathematics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1990.
B.A. Mathematics, Pomona College, Claremont, CA, 1986.
John Banks joined CSUMB as the Director of UROC in 2015 after sixteen years at the University of Washington, where he was Professor of Environmental Science in the Interdisciplinary Arts & Science program on the Tacoma campus. There, he taught courses in biology, ecology, and entomology, and served as Director of International Programs and Director of Undergraduate Education. His research in ecology uses a blend of field data and mathematical models; recent projects include fieldwork in Costa Rica (biodiversity of rainforest and subsistence farms; sustainable coffee production), and Kenya (ecological restoration and interactions of birds, arthropods, and elephants) as well as an ongoing collaboration as an August T. Larsson Guest Researcher with the Ecosystem Services & Conservation group at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in Uppsala, Sweden. He has published over seventy-five scientific articles, book chapters, and technical reports exploring biological control and predator/prey population dynamics in agroecosystems, ecotoxicology, and the conservation of biological diversity in natural and managed systems.