Stephen Bannister


Full Name: Stephen Bannister

Position: Principal Scientist, Seismologist

Contact details

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Phone: +64-4-570 4678


1982: BSc (Hons), Geophysics; 1986: PhD, Geophysics

Areas of expertise

Geophysics: Mathematical inversion techniques
Geophysics: Modelling earthquake source processes
Geophysics: Reservoir-induced seismicity
Geophysics: Seismic imaging methods
Geophysics: Seismic tomography
Geophysics: Seismic wave propagation
Geophysics: Seismology

Professional activities

American Geophysical Union: Member

Major publications

Eberhart-Phillips, D.; Bannister, S.; Reyners, M.E. 2020 Attenuation in the mantle wedge beneath super-volcanoes of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Geophysical Journal International, 220(1): 703-723; doi: 10.1093/gji/ggz455

Abercrombie, R.E.; Bannister, S.; Ristau, J.; Doser, D. 2017 Variability of earthquake stress drop in a subduction setting, the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Geophysical Journal International, 208(1): 306-320; doi: 10.1093/gji/ggw393

Abercrombie, R.E.; Poli, P.; Bannister, S. 2017 Earthquake directivity, orientation, and stress drop within the subducting plate at the Hikurangi Margin, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 122(12): 10,176-10,188; doi: 10.1002/2017JB014935

Hamling, I.J.; Hreinsdottir, S.; Bannister, S.; Palmer, N.G. 2016 Off-axis magmatism along a subaerial back-arc rift : observations from the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand. Science Advances, 2(6): article e1600288

Eberhart-Phillips, D.; Bannister, S. 2015 3-D imaging of the northern Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand : variations in subducted sediment, slab fluids and slow slip. Geophysical Journal International, 201(2): 838-855; doi: 10.1093/gji/ggv057

Bartlow, N.M.; Wallace, L.M.; Beavan, R.J.; Bannister, S.; Segall, P. 2014 Time-dependent modeling of slow slip events and associated seismicity and tremor at the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 119(1): 734-753; doi: 10.1002/2013JB010609

Wallace, L.M.; Beavan, R.J.; Bannister, S.; Williams, C.A. 2012 Simultaneous long-term and short-term slow slip events at the Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand : implications for processes that control slow slip event occurrence, duration, and migration. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 117(B11): B11402; doi: 10.1029/2012JB009489

Bannister, S.; Fry, B.; Reyners, M.E.; Ristau, J.; Zhang, H. 2011 Fine-scale relocation of aftershocks of the 22 February Mw 6.2 Christchurch Earthquake using double-difference tomography. Seismological Research Letters, 82(6): 839-845; doi: 10.1785/gssrl.82.6.839

Kim, M.J.; Schwartz, S.Y.; Bannister, S. 2011 Non-volcanic tremor associated with the March 2010 Gisborne slow slip event at the Hikurangi subduction margin, New Zealand. Geophysical Research Letters, 38: L14301; doi: 10.1029/2011GL048400

Bannister, S.; Reyners, M.E.; Stuart, G.; Savage, M. 2007 Imaging the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand, using teleseismic receiver functions : crustal fluids above the forearc mantle wedge. Geophysical Journal International, 169(2): 602-616; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03345.x

Danesi, S.; Bannister, S.; Morelli, A. 2007 Repeating earthquakes from rupture of an asperity under an Antarctic outlet glacier. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 253(1-2): 151-158

Lin, F-C.; Ritzwoller, M.H.; Townend, J.; Bannister, S.; Savage, M.K. 2007 Ambient noise Rayleigh wave tomography of New Zealand. Geophysical Journal International, 170(2): 649-666; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.2007.03414.x

Reyners, M.E.; Bannister, S. 2007 Earthquakes triggered by slow slip at the plate interface in the Hikurangi subduction zone, New Zealand. Geophysical Research Letters, 34(14): L14305; doi: 10.1029/2007GL030511

Bannister, S.; Thurber, C.; Louie, J. 2006 Detailed fault structure highlighted by finely relocated aftershocks, Arthur's Pass, New Zealand. Geophysical Research Letters, 33(18): L18315; doi: 10.1029/2006GL027462

Henrys, S.A.; Reyners, M.E.; Pecher, I.A.; Bannister, S.; Nishimura, Y.; Maslen, G. 2006 Kinking of the subducting slab by escalator normal faulting beneath the North Island of New Zealand. Geology, 34(9): doi: 10.1130/G22594

Horspool, N.A.; Savage, M.K.; Bannister, S. 2006 Implications for intraplate volcanism and back-arc deformation in northwestern New Zealand, from joint inversion of receiver functions and surface waves. Geophysical Journal International, 166(3): 1466-1483

Bannister, S.; Bryan, C.J.; Bibby, H.M. 2004 Shear wave velocity variation across the Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, from receiver function inversion. Geophysical Journal International, 159(1): 291-310

Bannister, S.; Yu, J.; Leitner, B.; Kennett, B.L.N. 2003 Variations in crustal structure across the transition from west to east Antarctica, Southern Victoria Land. Geophysical Journal International, 155(3): 870-884

Sherburn, S.; Bannister, S.; Bibby, H.M. 2003 Seismic velocity structure of the central Taupo Volcanic Zone, New Zealand, from local earthquake tomography. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 122(1-2): 69-88; doi: 10.1016/S0377-0273(02)00470-5

Bannister, S.; Kennett, B.L.N. 2002 Seismic activity in the Transantarctic Mountains : results from a broadband array deployment. Terra Antartica, 9(1): 41-46

Eberhart-Phillips, D.; Bannister, S. 2002 Three-dimensional crustal structure in the Southern Alps region of New Zealand from inversion of local earthquake and active source data. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 107(B10): doi: 10.1029/2001JB000567

Louie, J.N.; Chavez-Perez, S.; Henrys, S.A.; Bannister, S. 2002 Multimode migration of scattered and converted waves for the structure of the Hikurangi slab interface, New Zealand. Tectonophysics, 355(1-4): 227-246; doi: 10.1016/S0040-1951(02)00144-0

Abercrombie, R.E.; Bannister, S.; Pancha, A.; Webb, T.H.; Mori, J.J. 2001 Determination of fault planes in a complex aftershock sequence using two-dimensional slip inversion. Geophysical Journal International, 146(1): 134-142

Bannister, S.; Snieder, R.K.; Passier, M.L. 2000 Shear-wave velocities under the Transantarctic Mountains and Terror Rift from surface wave inversion. Geophysical Research Letters, 27(2): 281-284

ten Brink, U.S.; Hackney, R.I.; Bannister, S.; Stern, T.A.; Makovsky, Y. 1997 Uplift of the Transantarctic Mountains and the bedrock beneath the East Antarctic ice sheet. Journal of Geophysical Research. Solid Earth, 102(B12): 27603-27621

Ansell, J.H.; Bannister, S. 1996 Shallow morphology of the subducted Pacific Plate along the Hikurangi margin, New Zealand. Physics of the Earth and Planetary Interiors, 93(1-2): 3-20; doi: 10.1016/0031-9201(95)03085-9

ten Brink, U.S.; Bannister, S.; Beaudoin, B.C.; Stern, T.A. 1993 Geophysical investigations of the tectonic boundary between East and West Antarctica. Science, 261(5117): 45-50

Bannister, S.; Husebye, E.S.; Ruud, B.O. 1990 Teleseismic P coda analysed by three-component and array techniques : deterministic location of topographic P-to-Rg scattering near the NORESS array. Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America, 80(6B): pp. 1969-1986

Bannister, S.; Perin, B.J.; Webb, T.H. 1989 Normal faulting through subducted oceanic crust : the 19 July 1985 earthquake of Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. Tectonophysics, 162(3/4): 303-313; doi: 10.1016/0040-1951(89)90251-5

Bannister, S. 1988 Microseismicity and velocity structure in the Hawkes Bay region, New Zealand : fine structure of the subducting Pacific Plate. Geophysical journal, 95(1): 45-62; doi: 10.1111/j.1365-246X.1988.tb00449.x

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