Dr.Neil Banerjee

Associate Professor, Earth Sciences 

Office: BGS 0166
Lab: BGS 0159
Phone: 519 661-2111 x 83727
Fax: 519-661-3198
Email: neil.banerjee@uwo.ca
Twitter: @rocdoc
External website:  http://www.uwo.ca/earth/people/faculty/banerjee.html



Research Interests/ specializations : Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Astrobiology, Stable isotope biogeochemistry; Microbial alteration of modern and ancient oceanic crust; Evidence for early life on Earth; Formation and evolution of oceanic crust; Geochemical cycling at mid-ocean ridges; Formation of massive sulfide deposits at mid-ocean ridges; The origin and emplacement of ophiolites; Astrobiology.

Region of interest: South Africa

Selected Publications


  • Wilson, D. S., Teagle, D. A. H., Alt, J. C., Banerjee, N.R., Umino, S., Miyashita, S., Acton, G. D., and 45 others, 2006, Drilling to Gabbro in Intact Ocean Crust, Science, v. 312, p. 1016-1020.
  • Banerjee, N.R., Furnes, H., Muehlenbachs, K., Staudigel, H., and de Wit, M., 2006, Preservation of biosignatures in 3.5 Ga pillow lavas from the Barberton Greenstone Belt, South Africa, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 241, p. 707-722.
  • Furnes, H. , Banerjee, N.R. , Muehlenbachs, K., Staudigel, H., and de Wit, M., 2004, Early life recorded in Archean pillow lavas, Science, v. 304, p. 578-581. ( contributed equally)
  • Banerjee, N. R. and Muehlenbachs, K., 2003, Tuff life: bioalteration in volcaniclastic rocks from the Ontong Java Plateau, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 4(4), 1037, doi:10.1029/2002GC000470.
  • Bach, W., Banerjee, N.R., Dick, H.J.B. and Baker, E.T., 2002, Discovery of ancient and active hydrothermal systems along the ultra-slow spreading Southwest Indian Ridge 10¡Ð16¡E, Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst., 3(7), doi:10.1029/2001GC000279.