Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Teaching Fellow in Planetary Surface Processes



s.banham CV




Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Recent publication:

A Rock Record of Complex Aeolian Bedforms in a Hesperian Desert Landscape: The Stimson Formation as Exposed in the Murray Buttes, Gale Crater, Mars

Steven G. Banham, Sanjeev Gupta, David M. Rubin, Kenneth S. Edgett, Robert Barnes, Jason Van Beek, Jessica A. Watkins, Lauren A. Edgar, Christopher M. Fedo, Rebecca M. Williams, Kathryn M. Stack, John P. Grotzinger, Kevin Lewis, Ryan C. Ewing, Mackenzie Day, Ashwin R. Vasavada

First published: 30 March 2021 JGR-Planets |

Stimson formation unconformity

Research Outline

My research is on the Sedimentological reconstruction of ancient habitable environments on the lower slopes of Mount Sharp, Gale Crater, Mars, using data collected by the Curiosity Rover.

Current investigation involves analysis of grain-scale textures, sedimentary facies, architectural elements, and palaeocurrent data collected from the Mars Hand Lens Imager (MAHLI) and the MastCam instruments. This information can then be used to reconstruct the ancient martian landscape, and better understand sediment transport processes, depositional envirionments, and the regional climate.

Curiosity Rover



Davis JM, Balme MR, Fawdon P, et al., 2023, Ancient alluvial plains at Oxia Planum, Mars, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:601, ISSN:0012-821X

Cosgrove JW, Banham SG, Gupta S, et al., 2022, The Origin of the Fracture Networks in the Mudstones of Gale Crater Mars; Their Implications Regarding the State of Stress and Fluid Pressure During Their Formation and the Depth to Which They Were Buried, Journal of Geophysical Research-planets, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-9097

Sutter B, McAdam AC, Wong GM, et al., 2022, Constraining Alteration Processes Along the Siccar Point Group Unconformity, Gale Crater, Mars: Results From the Sample Analysis at Mars Instrument, Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-9097

Banham SG, Gupta S, Rubin DM, et al., 2022, Evidence for Fluctuating Wind in Shaping an Ancient Martian Dune Field: The Stimson Formation at the Greenheugh Pediment, Gale Crater, Journal of Geophysical Research-planets, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-9097

Caravaca G, Mangold N, Dehouck E, et al., 2022, From Lake to River: Documenting an Environmental Transition Across the Jura/Knockfarril Hill Members Boundary in the Glen Torridon Region of Gale Crater (Mars), Journal of Geophysical Research-planets, Vol:127, ISSN:2169-9097

More Publications