Dr Vanessa Banks

Dr Vanessa BanksHydrogeologist

Location: Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3531

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  • 2005–current: Contaminant Hydrogeologist
  • 2001–2004: Research Assistant University of Huddersfield
  • 1994–2005:Principal Geoenvironmental Engineer at RSA Geotechnics Limited
  • 1990–1994: Senior Geotechnical Engineer at A.F. Howland Associates
  • 1989 : Geotechnical Engineer at May Gurney Technical Services Limited
  • 1988–1989: Geotechnical Engineer at C H Dobbie and Partners
  • 1984–1987: Consultant Geologist at M J Carter Associates
  • PhD University of Huddersfield, Karst Hydrogeology of the southern catchment of the River Wye, Derbyshire
  • 2000: Certificate in Field Archaeology and Landscape History, University of East Anglia
  • 1988: MSc and DIC Imperial College, University of London, Engineering Geology

  • 1984: BSc (Hons) Victoria University of Manchester. Geology

Research interests

  • Stratigraphical and structural influences on hydrogeology and engineering geology: the implications for conceptual models
  • Characterising the hydraulic properties of mine waste
  • The application of synoptic monitoring (flow and chemistry) of surface water to discriminate between point and diffuse contaminant source contributions to the environmental impacts of abandoned mines
  • Application of the concepts of hydrogeological domains and urban hydrology to 3D modelling to support aquifer recharge and vulnerability studies
  • Ground models for landfill environments
  • Landscape evolution with a focus on karst erosion, uplift, river terrace deposits, knick point migration, tufa and talus deposits
  • Palaeohydrogeology of the Peak District.


  • Applied Geology: engineering geology and hydrogeology
  • Karst hydrogeology research
  • Contaminated land/ impacts of land use investigation
  • Characterising environmental impacts of Abandoned Mines
  • Staff development

  • Change Facilitation

Current projects and collaboration

  • Visiting Research Associate at the University of Derby (collaborating on Quaternary geology and palaeohydrogeology research in the Peak District)
  • BGS UK Landscape Erosion Project
  • BGS Abandoned Mines and Contaminated Land Project

  • Dating of cemented rudites to determine rates of landscape incision

Professional association

  • Chair of the East Midlands Regional Group of the Geological Society of London (2007 – 2010)
  • Member of the Education Committee of the Geological Society of London
  • Member of: the Geological Society of Norfolk; East Midlands Geological Society; Quaternary Research Association

Published outputs

Key Papers

BANKS, V.J., JONES, P.F., LOWE, D.J., LEE, J.R., RUSHTON, J. AND ELLIS, M.A. 2011 ., Review of tufa deposition and palaeohydrological conditions in the White Peak, Derbyshire, UK: Implications for Quaternary landscape evolution. Proc. Geol. Assoc. (2011), doi:10.1016/j.pgeola.2011.03.011

BANKS, V.J. AND PALUMBO-ROE, B. 2010. Synoptic monitoring as an approach to discriminating between point and diffuse source contributions to zinc loads in mining impacted catchments. Journal of Environmental Monitoring, 12, 1684-1698. DOI:10.1039/c0em00045k.

BANKS, V.J., GUNN, J. AND LOWE, D.J. 2009. Investigation of stratigraphical influences on the limestone hydrogeology of the Wye catchment, Derbyshire. Quarterly Journal of Engineering Geology 42, 211-225.

NATHANAIL, J AND BANKS, V.J. 2009. Climate Change: Implications for engineering geology practice in: Engineering Geology for Tomorrow’s Cities. Geological Society Special Publication22. 65-82.

RUSHTON, J.C. AND BANKS, V.J. 2010. Characterization of mine waste: A case study of Frongoch tailings. Goldschmidt Conference Abstracts, Geochosmica. A892.