Professor Peter Banks

Peter Banks

Position: Professor in Conservation Biology
Phone: +61 2 9351 2941
Location: Room 101, A10 Science Road Cottage, The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia

My research aims to develop humane, ecologically based solutions for the impact of of invasive species.


  • 2015 Professor, Biological Sciences, USYD
  • 2011 Associate Professor, Biological Sciences, USYD
  • 2010 Associate Professor, School of BEES, UNSW
  • 2005 Senior Lecturer, School of BEES, UNSW
  • 1999 Lecturer, Biological Sciences, UNSW
  • 1998 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Turku, Finland
  • 1997 PhD, USYD
  • 1991 BSc, USYD


  • 2016 - 2018 ARC Linkage Ecology and transmission of tick-borne disease in Australia (P Irwin, U Ryan, C Oskam, L Ahlstrom, PB Banks, R Hall, S Hall-Mendelin, B Schunack)
  • 2015 – 2016 NZ Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment Smart Ideas Chemical camouflage to protect vulnerable native prey from introduced predators (G Norbury, A Byrom, R Pech, PB Banks, CJ Price)
  • 2014 - 2016 ARC Discovery Invasion biology: understanding the mechanisms of naiveté towards alien species (PB Banks)
  • 2013 - 2015 ARC Linkage Troublesome Ticks: A new molecular toolkit to investigate tick-borne pathogens in Australia (P Irwin, U Ryan, M Brunce, PB Banks, M Gilbert, R Resss, N Mencke)
  • 2010 – 2012 Hermon Slade Foundation Unravelling the multiple levels of prey naivete in Australian critical weight range mammals (PB Banks, AR Carthey & JP Bytheway)
  • 2010 – 2012 ARC Linkage Return of the native: reintroductions, reinvasion and a new paradigm in restoration ecology (PB Banks, CR Dickman, MG Hayward, D Lunney, RP Pech, A Byrom)
  • 2008 – 2010 ARC Discovery Protecting prey with chemical camouflage (PB Banks & E Korpimäki)
  • 2008 – 2010 ARC Discovery How do foraging herbivores negotiate the twin perils of plant toxins and predators? (C McArthur & PB Banks)


  • Member, NSW Scientific Committee
  • Treasurer, Royal Zoological Society of NSW
  • Editorial Board Oecologia
  • International Editorial Board Behavioural Ecology and Sociobiology
  • Editorial Board Australian Zoologist