Mona Sirbescu
Professor
Geology

Brooks Hall 309
989-774-4497
mona.sirbescu@cmich.edu

Education

  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences, University of Missouri - Columbia, 2002
  • M.A., Geology, Binghamton University,
    New York, 1996
  • B.S., Geology, University of Bucharest, Romania, 1989

Affiliations

  • Mineralogical Society of America
  • American Geophysical Union
  • Geological Society of America
  • Mineralogical Society of Canada

Honors and Awards

  • Visiting Researcher Fellowship, Helmholtz Institute – GeoForschungsZentrum, Potsdam, Germany, 2009
  • CMU College of Science and Technology Teaching Award, 2005-2009
  • Fred Strothman Scholarship, 1999
  • W.A. Tarr Scholarship, 1996
  • Walter D. Keller Scholarship, 1996-1999
  • Donald K. Anderson Graduate Student Teaching Award, 1996-1997
  • Program for Excellence in Teaching Award, University of Missouri-Columbia, 1996
  • U.S. Intelligence Agency Scholarship, 1993-1994
  • Soros Foundation Travel Fellowship, 1994

Professional Interests

High-Temperature Geochemistry, Ore Deposits, Experimental Petrology

Teaching Areas

Mineralogy, Petrology, Geochemistry, Physical Geology

Selected Publications and Presentations

(Note: CMU students underlined)

  • Sirbescu, M., Krukowski, E., Schmidt, C., Thomas, R., Samson, I., Bodnar, R. (2013) Quantitative borate analysis of fluid inclusions through Raman spectroscopy. Application to inclusions from San Diego County pegmatites, California, USA. Chemical Geology, 342, p.138-150.
  • Price, T.J. and Sirbescu, M.-L.C. (2012) Fluid evolution during crystallization of the King's X pegmatite, Florence County, Wisconsin, USA, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, p. 249.
  • Benaway, R.A., Sirbescu, M.-L.C., and Schmidt, C. (2012) Evaluation of water-rich boundary layers formed during partial crystallization of synthetic pegmatite melts, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 44, p. 249.
  • Sirbescu, M.-L.C., Wilke, M., Veksler, I. and Whittington, A.G. (2012) Effects of water on the nucleation of Li-rich granitic melts, V.M. Goldschmidt Conference 2012 Conference Abstracts, Mineraological Magazine, v. 75, p. 2200.
  • Nabelek, P.I., Whittington, A.G., and Sirbescu, M.-L.C. (2010) The role of H2O in rapid emplacement and crystallization of granitic pegmatites: resolving the paradox of large crystals in highly undercooled melts. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 160(3), p.313-325.
  • Liu, X.-M., Rudnick, R.L., Hier-Majumder S., and Sirbescu, M. (2010) Processes controlling lithium isotopic distribution in contact aureoles: a case study of the Florence County pegmatites, Wisconsin. G3-Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 11 Q08014, doi:10.1029/2010GC003063.
  • Paliewicz, C.C., Hockemeyer, J.A., Sirbescu, M.-L.C., van Hees, E.H. (2010) Possible sources of high boron in McIntyre gold mine tailings, Timmins, Ontario, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 246.
  • Hockemeyer, J.A., Paliewicz, C.C., Sirbescu, M.-L.C.(2010) Textural and mineralogical changes during crystallization of a lithium pegmatite, Florence County, Wisconsin, USA, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 42, p. 246.
  • Sirbescu, M., Wilke, M., Veksler, I., Whittington, A. (2010) Experimental crystallization of Li-B-pegmatites, Annual Congress of the International Mineralogical Association, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Nabelek, P.I., Whittington, A.G., Sirbescu, M.C. (2010) Production of large crystals in highly undercooled H2O-rich granite melts, Annual Congress of the International Mineralogical Association, Budapest, Hungary.
  • Sirbescu, M.-L., Leatherman, M.A., Student, J.J., and Beers, A.R. (2009) Apatite textures and compositions as records of crystallization processes in the Animikie Red Ace pegmatite dike, Wisconsin, USA. The Canadian Mineralogist, 47, p. 725-743.
  • Sirbescu, M.-L.C., Wilke, M., Veksler, I. (2009) Understanding Pegmatite Texture: Kinetics of Crystallization in the Haplogranite-Li-B-H2O System, Eos Transactions, American Geophysical Union, 90(52), Fall Meeting Supplement, V43B-2233.
  • Wilson, E., Sirbescu, M.-L., Schmidt, C., Thomas, R., Samson, I., Bodnar, B. (2009) Quantitative  borate analysis of fluid inclusions in quartz through Raman  spectroscopy, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 41(7), p.255.
  • Sirbescu, M.-L.C., Hartwick, E., and Student, J. (2008) Rapid crystallization of the Animikie Red Ace Pegmatite, Florence County, Northeastern Wisconsin: Inclusion microthermometry and conductive-cooling modeling. Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology, 156(3), p.289-305.
  • Sirbescu M., Nabelek P., and Maloney J. (2008) Chemical evolution during undercooled crystallization of granitic pegmatites: boron, lithium, and lithium isotopes, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 40(6), p.335.
  • Lyter, M. and Sirbescu, M. (2006) Fluid evolution in a gem-bearing pocket pegmatite at the Cryo-Genie Mine, San Diego County, California. A novel method of gemstone exploration, Geological Society of America, Abstracts with Programs, v. 38(7),p.55
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  • Sirbescu M.-L. C. and Nabelek P. I. (2003) Crustal melts below 400 °C. Geology. 31, p. 685-688.
  • Sirbescu M.-L. C. and Nabelek P. I. (2003) Dawsonite: an inclusion mineral in quartz from the Tin Mountain pegmatite, Black Hills, South Dakota. American Mineralogist, 88, p.1055-1059.
  • Sirbescu, M. and Nabelek P.I. (2003) Crystallization conditions and evolution of magmatic fluids in the Harney Peak Granite and associated pegmatites, Black Hills, South Dakota: Evidence from fluid inclusions. Geochimica and Cosmochimica Acta, 67, p.2443-2465.

Current External Funding

  • National Science Foundation, $181,371: “Crystallization of hydrous silicic melts in nature and experiments”, 2011-2014.