Michele Bannister

Senior LecturerMichele Bannister

Julius von Haast 624
Internal Phone: 90336

Qualifications & Memberships

Research Interests

The small worlds of the Solar System provide insights into its early history. As a planetary astronomer, I am interested in understanding how they formed, evolved and reached their present orbits. I use wide-field imaging surveys to discover minor planets, and large telescopes to understand their surfaces.

Recent Publications

  • Brown T., Bannister M. and Revell L. (2023) Envisioning a sustainable future for space launches: a review of current research and policy. Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03036758.2022.2152467.
  • Abedin AY., Kavelaars JJ., Petit JM., Gladman B., Bannister M., Alexandersen M., Chen YT., Gwyn S. and Volk K. (2022) OSSOS. XXVI. On the Lack of Catastrophic Collisions in the Present Kuiper Belt. Astronomical Journal 164(6) http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/1538-3881/ac9cdb.
  • Bannister M., Esterling S., Grant W. and Paul A. (2022) Dark Skies as Heritage. University of Canterbury: Towards Tino Rangatiratanga and the Law Speaker Series, 30 Aug 2022.
  • Buchanan L., Schwamb M., Fraser W., Bannister M., Marsset M., Pike R., Kavelaars J., Benecchi S., Lehner M. and Wang S-Y. (2022) Exploring Variability within the Col-OSSOS Sample. In Copernicus GmbH http://dx.doi.org/10.5194/epsc2022-936.
  • Buchanan LE., Schwamb ME., Fraser WC., Bannister MT., Marsset M., Pike RE., Nesvorný D., Kavelaars JJ., Benecchi SD. and Lehner MJ. (2022) Col-OSSOS: Probing Ice Line/Color Transitions within the Kuiper Belt’s Progenitor Populations. Planetary Science Journal 3(1) http://dx.doi.org/10.3847/PSJ/ac42c9.