Jonathan Banks

Jonathan Banks

Senior Scientist – Microbial Source Tracking and Freshwater Ecology

Role at Cawthron

 Jonathan is a senior freshwater scientist whose area of expertise and research interests include: tracing the source of faecal contamination of marine and freshwaters by genetically identifying host-specific bacteria, characterising aquatic invertebrate communities and using genetics to measure water quality.

Technical skills, experience and interests

  • Associate editor of the New Zealand Journal of Zoology
  • Systematics and taxonomy of birds and invertebrates 
  • Evolutionary relationships between hosts and their parasites
  • Detection of the presence of fish in lakes and streams from DNA shed into the water.


  • PhD (Evolutionary Biology). Lincoln University, 2004
  • MAppSc (First Class Honours, Behavioural Ecology). Lincoln University, 1998
  • BPharm. University of Otago, 1988
Jonathan Banks