Dr. Neil Banerjee

Geochemistry, Economic Geology, Astrobiology

Neil Banerjee

Associate Professor and Industrial Research Chair in Advanced Mineral Exploration
Office: BGS 0166
Lab: BGS 0159
Phone: 519 661-2111 x.83727
Fax: 519 661-3198
Email: neil.banerjee@uwo.ca
Twitter: @rocdoc

Research Interests

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.

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.


  • Earth Sciences 2230B: Introduction to Geochemistry
  • Earth Sciences 3313A: Igneous Petrology
  • Earth Sciences 4452Z: International Field Experience

Future Students

Dr. Banerjee currently has openings for M.Sc. and Ph.D. students interested in studying hydrothermal alteration processes in oceanic crust, biogeochemical evidence for early life on Earth preserved in ancient greenstone belts, and studies of Earth environments as Mars analogues. Interested students should contact Dr. Banerjee for more information.