Banner's research and teaching interests center on Earth surface processes with the goal of understanding the interactions that occur between the atmosphere-land-ocean systems, and how these interactions are preserved in the geologic record. Avenues of investigation include the origin and evolution of carbonate rocks, groundwater, surface water, and the oceans. These subjects are explored using a range of approaches that include field studies, petrography, isotope and trace element geochemistry, geochronology, and modeling. Examples of research projects using these approaches are studies of cave deposits as records of the links between climate change and hydrology, studies of carbonate rocks as records of the chemistry of ancient oceans, and studies of modern aquifers in urbanizing environments.

Areas of Expertise

Isotopic methods, groundwater, oceans, ancient oceans, climate change, aquifers, caves, environmental science, geochemistry, paleoclimatology


Research Locations



Current Research Programs & Projects

Influence of urbanization and land use change on the evolution of groundwater and surface water Speleothem geochronology

Assessment of speleothems and travertine as paleo-records of global change


Select Past Research

Geochemical Evolution in the Modern Groundwater System of Barbados

Texas Exes Teaching Award - Texas Exes (2012 - 2012)

Academy of Distinguished Teachers - University of Texas at Austin (2011)

Centennial Teaching Fellowship - Friar's Society (2011)

Outstanding Educator Award - Jackson School of Geosciences (2010 - 2010)

UT Division of Instructional Innovation and Assessment Excellence in Teaching Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2007)

Evelyn and Moses E. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2007)

Evelyn and Moses E. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2006)

Chevron Centennial Teaching Fellow - The University of Texas at Austin (2002)

Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation Faculty Excellence Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2000)

College of Natural Sciences Outreach Innovation Award - The University of Texas at Austin (2000)

Fellow - Geological Society of America (1999)

Houston Oil and Minerals Corporation Faculty Excellence Award - The University of Texas at Austin (1998)

Evelyn and Moses E. Knebel Distinguished Teaching Award - The University of Texas at Austin (1996)

Carlton Centennial Teaching Fellow - The University of Texas at Austin (1990 - 2002)

Member, Organizing Committee, Karst Record of Climate Change - KR6 (2011)

Member, GK-12 Program Review Panel, National Science Foundation (2004)

Science Advisor, Earth and Sky (National Radio Program) (2000)

Member, Abstracts Committee, 11th Bathurst Meeting on Carbonates (1999)

Invited Participant, Workshop on Low Temperature Geochemistry, National Science Foundation (1999)

Organizer, Speleothems as indicators of hydrologic, climatic, and biological processes, 11th Bathurst Meeting on Carbonates (1999)

Member, Technical Committee, Research Conference on Fluid Flow in Carbonates, Society for Sedimentary Geology (1998)

Organizer, Geochemical Society Symposium: Geochemical record of hydrologic response to climate change, Geological Society of America annual meeting (1997)

Member, Environmental Management Program Review Panel, Department of Energy (1996)

Invited Participant, Workshop on Terrestrial Earth System History, National Science Foundation (1996)

Organizer, Field Trip: Cretaceous cyclic platform carbonates of central Texas, Geological Society of America South-Central Section (1996)

Organizer, Application of trace element and isotopic composition of modern pore fluids to studies of carbonate diagenesis, American Association of Petroleum Geologists Annual Meeting (1993)

Associate Editor, Journal of Sedimentary Research (1990 - 2001)

Reviewer of Grant Proposals, Geology and Paleontology; Climate Dynamics; Tectonics; Petrology and Geochemistry; Academic Research Infrastructure; Hydrologic Sciences; Instrumentation and Facilities; Marine Geology & Geophysics; Chemical Oceanography, National Science Foundation

Reviewer of Grant Proposals, to be entered, American Chemical Society

Reviewer of Grant Proposals, to be entered, NSERC (Canada)

Reviewer of Grant Proposals, to be entered, Israel National Science Foundation

Reviewer of Grant Proposals, to be entered, Louisiana Board of Regents

Graduate Students

Corinne Wong
University of California Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow (2013-current) Dept. of Earth and Planetary Sciences University of California Davis Assistant Professor (starting Jan 2015) Dept. of Earth and Environmental Science Boston College I use environmental isotopes to investigate processes controlling modern hydrologic systems and reconstruct past climate from speleothems. I am currently working on a model-data comparison of the response of rainfall over the western US to past warm and cool intervals. For additional detail, please visit my webpage: https://sites.google.com/site/wongcorinnei/home

Jonathan W Snatic, M.S., expected 2000

Richard C Casteel, Ph.D., expected 2016

Kyle Meyer, M.S., 2012, UT Austin


Climate change impacts on Texas water: Past, present and future, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX (2011)

Climate change impacts on Texas water: Past, present and future, Texas Bar Continuing Legal Education, San Antonio, TX (2011)

Texas climate change: Past, present and future, Lakeway Menís breakfast club, Lakeway, TX (2010)

A New Degree Program in Environmental Science and Sustainability at UT-Austin, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX (2010)

Climate change impacts on Texas water, Environmental, Natural Resources and Water Law Section of the Austin Bar Association, Austin, TX (2010)

Development of an undergraduate curriculum in Environmental Science and Sustainability at UTAustin, After Copenhagen Conference: Collaborative Responses to Climate Change, Austin, TX (2010)

Reconstructing past climate change, 2010 Spring Joint Meeting Texas Section of the American Physical Society and the American Association of Physics Teachers, Austin, TX (2010)

Texas climate change: Past, present and future, Meet UT Event, Austin, TX (2010)

The Edwards Aquifer: Past, present and future, UT School of Architecture graduate seminar in Topics in Sustainable Development, (2005)

Vision and strategies for addressing interdisciplinary communication challenges, UT Office of Graduate Studies graduate seminar in Communication across the Disciplines, (2005)

Applications of cave deposits to environmental change, Northern Illinois University, (2004)

Integrating environmental science and policy through the Environmental Science Institute, UT School of Law, Environmental Law and Policy Seminar, (2004)

Paleoenvironmental analysis from central Texas speleothems, Field Trip Leader, Texas Section of the Association of Engineering Geologists, (2004)

Natural Bridge Caverns: Unique views through time and space inside an aquifer, Invited Field Trip Leader, Decision-Makers Field Trip, Bureau of Economic Geology, (2004)

Global environmental change: A geologic perspective, Junior Honors Colloquium, University of Texas (2004)

Tomorrow's environmental science and technology today, Panel Member, Junior Honors Colloquium, University of Texas (2004)

The Environmental Science Institute's community engagement programs, Panel Member, Scholarship at Work Colloquium, UT Humanities Institute (2004)

Integrating environmental science and policy through the Environmental Science Institute, UT School of Law, Environmental Law and Policy Seminar, (2003)

Global environmental change: A geologic perspective, UT Dean's Scholars Program, (2003)

Applications of cave deposits to environmental change, Society of Ecological Restoration Annual Meeting, (2003)

Geologic records of environmental change: Applications to paleoclimate of Texas, Lakeway Men's Breakfast Club, (2001)

The Environmental Science Institute at UT-Austin, Marine Science Institute Advisory Council Meeting, (2001)

The Outreach Lecture Series, Texas Exes Teaching Excellence Conference, (2001)

Geologic records of environmental change, UT Grotto, (2001)

Geologic records of environmental change: Applications to paleoclimate of Texas, University of Texas, Dallas, (2000)

Temporal evolution of groundwater, University of New Mexico, (1998)

Temporal evolution of groundwater in karst systems, Keynote lecture, 17th Symposium on Caribbean Geology, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (1998)

Temporal evolution of groundwater: An isotopic perspective, University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, (1998)

Temporal evolution of groundwater in the Pleistocene limestone aquifer of Barbados, University of West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados (1997)

Geochemical evolution of bad water in the Edwards aquifer, San Antonio Water System, U.S. Geological Survey, San Antonio, TX (1997)

Speleothems as terrestrial records of Earth system history, NSF-sponsored workshop on Terrestrial Records of Earth System History, Portland, OR (1996)

Quantitative models for fluid-rock interaction, Exxon Production Research Company, Houston, TX (1994)

Geochemistry of ancient oceans: Implications for climate change, Texas A&M University, Galveston, (1994)

The Pleistocene limestone aquifer of Barbados, W.I., University of Minnesota, (1993)

Geochemical evolution of limestones and groundwater in Barbados, Johns Hopkins University, (1993)

Geochemical evolution of limestones and groundwater in Barbados, Carnegie Institution of Washington, (1993)

Speleothems as hydrologic records, University of Maryland, (1993)

Geochemistry of the Pleistocene limestone aquifer of Barbados, University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez (1993)

Geochemistry of ancient oceans: Implications for climate change, Texas A&M University, College Station, (1992)

Large-scale flow systems in the Mid-continent, USA, Rice University, (1991)

Large-scale flow systems in the Mid-continent, USA, Gordon Research Conference on Regional Ore-Forming Fluids, Andover, NH (1989)

Quantitative models for fluid-rock interaction: Implications for carbonate diagenesis and regional groundwater flow systems, University of Chicago, (1989)

Quantitative models for fluid-rock interaction: Implications for carbonate diagenesis and regional groundwater flow systems, Stanford University, (1989)

Quantitative models for fluid-rock interaction: Implications for carbonate diagenesis and regional groundwater flow systems, Southern Methodist University, (1989)

Origin and evolution of dolomite in the Mississippian Burlington-Keokuk limestone, Texaco, Inc., Houston, TX (1987)

Origin and evolution of dolomite in the Mississippian Burlington-Keokuk limestone, University of California, Riverside, (1987)

The role of basinal brines in carbonate diagenesis, Penrose Conference on Deep Basinal Brines, Oxnard, CA (1986)

GEO 416M Sedimentary Rocks (Undergraduate)

GEO 302K (UGS 305) Sustaining a Planet (Undergraduate)

GEO 660 Field Geology (Undergraduate)

BDP 101 Environmental Change and Sustainability Seminar (Undergraduate)

GEO 376E, 388H Environmental Isotope Geochemistry (Undergraduate)

GEO 302E Earth, Wind, and Fire (Undergraduate)

GEO 388H Environmental Isotope Geochemistry (Graduate)