Michael Banks
Associate Professor

Marine Fisheries Genetics

OSU Campus
Hatfield Marine Science Center
Fisheries and Wildlife
Hatfield Marine Science Center
2030 SE Marine Science Drive
Newport, OR 97365
United States
(541) 867-0420


Michael's  research and teaching interests center on the application of population genetic principles towards furthering basic knowledge and understanding of marine population processes. Broadly, he's interested in genetic characterization of natural populations, fishery subjects and aquacultural species. He focuses chiefly on methods for resolving hybridized, admixed, or recently diverged populations, and statistical methods for determining component estimates for mixtures of such populations.  Michael is particularly interested in evaluating the information content of alternate genetic marker types and resolving links between genetic loci and life history variance expressed within species.


Ph.D.   1994,  Population Genetics, University of California at Davis
M.Sc.   1988, Zoology, Louisiana Tech/University of Texas as Austin
H.E.D. 1982, Physics, Chemistry & Biology, University of Cape Town
B.Sc.   1981, Zoology & Marine Ecology, University of Cape Town

I accept graduate students for the Fisheries and Wildlife Department

Fun Fact

Enjoys running, kayaking, fishing, music, ceramics, draft horses, husband to a sheep & flower farmer, and Dad of two great kids (mostly the latter now).