Sam Banks

Project Leader
The Australian National University

Sam Banks is an ecologist and population geneticist at the Australian National University. His major research projects seek to understand how fire influences the population dynamics and genetic diversity of native animals and plants. He also conducts research on how we manage genetic diversity in programs to reintroduce native mammals in the ACT and at Booderee NP.

Other collaborative research involves using genetic data to understand animal movement patterns, such as understanding crocodile movement to better manage and conserve crocodile populations in northern Australia.More info can be found at:

Inter-den tree movements by Leadbeater’s Possum
Australian Zoologist
The role of biotic interactions in the niche reduction hypothesis
Trends in Ecology & Evolution
What 15 years of monitoring is telling us about mammals in Booderee National Park
Conservation conundrums and the challenges of managing unexplained declines of multiple species
From unburnt to salvage logged: quantifying bird responses to different levels of disturbance severity
Implications of the rapid loss of large old hollow-bearing trees in Victorian Mountain Ash forests
Adaptive Management for threatened mammals in the Victorian Central Highlands
Niche Contractions in Declining Species: Mechanisms and Consequences
Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Relationships between tree size and occupancy by cavity-dependent arboreal marsupials
Forest Ecology and Management
Environmental and human drivers influencing large old tree abundance in Australian wet forests
Forest Ecology and Management