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Kenneth Banks, Ph.D.

Adjunct Professor
(954) 262-3600


  • BS- Jacksonville University
  • BSOE- Florida Atlantic University
  • MS- Florida Atlantic University
  • PhD- University of Graz

Areas of Research

Coral Reef Ecology, Geology
Habitat Restoration
Coastal Sedimentology

Finkl CW, Banks KW, 2010. Mapping seafloor topography based on interpretation of airborne laser bathymetry: Examples from the southeast Florida Atlantic continental shelf. Martorino L, Puopolo K (eds), New Oceanography Research Developments: Marine Chemistry, Ocean Floor Analyses and Marine Phytoplankton. Nova Science Publishers, Inc., Hauppauge, New York, US, 163-187.

Banks KW, Riegl BM, Richards VP, Walker BK, Helmle KP, Jordan LKB, Phipps J, Shivji MS, Spieler RE, Dodge RE, 2008. The Reef Tract of Continental Southeast Florida (Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, USA), in Riegl BM, Dodge RE (eds) Coral Reefs of the USA. Springer, 173-218.

Lirman D, Schopmeyer S, Manzello D, Gramer LJ, Precht WF, Muller-Karger F, Banks K, Barnes B, Bartels E, Bourque A, Byrne J, Donahue S, Duquesnel J, Fisher L, Gilliam D, Hendee J, Johnson M, Maxwell K, McDevitt E, Monty J, Rueda D, Ruzicka R, Thanner S. (2011). Severe 2010 cold-water event caused unprecedented mortality to corals of the Florida Reef Tract and reversed previous survivorship patterns. PLoS ONE 6(8): e23047. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0023047.

Futch JC, Griffin DW, Banks K, Lipp EK, 2011. Evaluation of Sewage Source and Fate on Southeast Florida Coastal Reefs. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 62(2011): 2308-2316.

Jordan LKB, Banks KW, Fisher LE, Walker BW, Gilliam DS, 2010. Elevated sedimentation on coral reefs adjacent to a beach nourishment project. Marine Pollution Bulletin, 60(2): 261-271.

Fisher L, Banks K, Gilliam D, Dodge RE, Stout D, Vargas-Angel B, Walker BK, 2008. Real-time coral stress observations before, during, and after beach nourishment dredging offshore SE Florida. Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, 7-11 July 2008.

Dustan P, Fauth JE, Pante1 E, Banks K, Vargas-Angel B, Downs CA, 2008. Using cellular diagnostics to link land-based sources of pollution with coral reef degradation in South Florida Proceedings of the 11th International Coral Reef Symposium, Ft. Lauderdale Florida, 7-11 July 2008. Problems in Coastal Regions. VII: 73-87

Banks K, Riegl B, Piller W, Dodge RE, 2007. Geomorphology of the southeast Florida reef tract. Coral Reefs, 26: 617-633

Walker BK, Banks K, Dodge RE, Riegl B, 2006. Quaternary sea-level rise and reef back-stepping in southeast Florida. Proceedings of the 10th International Coral Reef Symposium, Okinawa, Japan, June, 2004.

Moyer RP, Riegl B, Banks K, Dodge RE, 2005. Assessing the accuracy of acoustic seabed classification for mapping coral reef environments in South Florida (Broward County, USA). International Journal of Tropical Biology, 53, 175-184.

Paul VP, Thacker RW, Banks K, Golubic S, 2005. Benthic cyanobacterial bloom impacts the reefs of South Florida (Broward County, USA). Coral Reefs 24, 693-697

Fenner D, Banks K, 2004. Orange cup coral Tubastraea coccinea invades Florida and the Flower Gardens Banks, Northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Coral Reefs 23, 505-507

Feingold JS, Thornton SL, Banks KW, Gassman NJ, Gilliam D, Fletcher P, Avila C, 2003. A rapid assessment of coral reefs near Hopetown, Abaco Islands, Bahamas (stony corals and algae), in Lang JC (ed), Status of Coral Reefs in the Western Atlantic: Results of Initial Surveys, Atlantic and Gulf Rapid Reef Assessment (AGRRA) Program, Atoll Research Bulletin, 496, 58-75.

Moyer RP, Riegl B, Banks K, Dodge RE, 2003. Ecological and spatial patterns of high-latitude benthic communities on a South Florida (Broward County, USA) relict reef system. Coral Reefs 22, 447-464.

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