Thomas Monecke

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Dr. Thomas Monecke

Thomas Monecke


  • Ph.D., Economic Geology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, 2003
  • M.Sc., Mineralogy, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, 1996

Research Interests

  • Metallogeny of modern and ancient volcanic arcs.
  • Economic geology of hydrothermal ore deposits.
  • Fluid-fluid, fluid-mineral, and fluid-rock interactions as tools to reconstruct fluid characteristics.
  • Physical volcanology.
  • Archean geology and metallogenesis.
  • Hydrothermal geochemistry.


  • GEOL 310: Earth Materials and Resources
  • GEOL 513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry
  • GEOL 519: Abitibi Geology and Exploration Field School
  • GEOL 520: New Developments in the Geology and Exploration of Ore Deposits

Selected Publications

  • Frieman, B.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Kelly, N.M., Monecke, T., Kylander-Clark, A., 2017, Constraints on the geodynamic evolution of the southern Superior Province: U-Pb LA-ICP-MS analysis of detrital zircon in successor basins of the Archean Abitibi and Pontiac subprovinces of Ontario and Quebec, Canada: Precambrian Research, v. 292, p. 398-416.
  • Anderson, E.D., Monecke, T., Hitzman, M.W., Zhou, W., Bedrosian, P.A., 2017, Mineral potential mapping in an accreted island-arc setting using aeromagnetic data: An example from southwest Alaska: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 375-396.
  • Monecke, T., & Monecke, H., 2016, The Horne deposit in Quebec, Canada: A summary of the geology and history of discovery and development: Der Anschnitt 68, 2-13.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., Hannington, M.D., Grant, H., & Samson, I., 2016, The minor element endowment of modern sea-floor massive sulfides and comparison with deposits hosted in ancient volcanic successions: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 18, p. 245-306.
  • Holley, E.A., Bissig, T., & Monecke, T., 2016, The Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal gold deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Geochronology of alunite and jarosite: Economic Geology, v. 111, p. 311-330.
  • Taylor, R., Goldfarb, R.J., Monecke, T., Fletscher, I.R., Cosca, M.A., & Kelly, N.M., 2015, Application of U-Th-Pb phosphate geochronology to young orogenic gold deposits: New age constraints on the formation of the Grass Valley gold district, Sierra Nevada Foothills Province, California. Economic Geology, 110, 1313-1337.
  • Ufer, K., Kleeberg, R., & Monecke, T., 2015, Quantification of stacking disordered Si-Al layer silicates by the Rietveld method: Application to exploration for high-sulphidation epithermal gold deposits. Powder Diffraction, 30 (suppl. 1), 111-118.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., & Hannington, M.D., 2014, Constraints on water depth of massive sulfide formation: Evidence from modern seafloor hydrother-mal systems. Economic Geology, 109, 2079-2101.
  • Petersen, S., Monecke, T., Westhues, A., Hannington, M.D., Gemmell, J.B., Sharpe, R., Peters, M., Strauss, H., Lackschewitz, K., Augustin, N., Gibson, H., & Kleeberg, R., 2014, Drilling shallow-water massive sulfides at the Palinuro volcanic complex, Aeolian Island Arc, Italy. Economic Geology, 109, 2129-2157.
  • Gardner, J.E., Befus, K.S., Miller, N.R., & Monecke, T., 2014, Cooling rates of mid-ocean ridge lava deduced from clinopyroxene spherulites. Journal of Volcanology and Geothermal Research, 282, 1-8.
  • Anderson, E.D., Zhou, W., Li, Y., Hitzman, M.W., Monecke, T., Lang, J.R., & Kelley, K.D., 2014, Three-dimensional distribution of igneous rocks near the Pebble porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit in southwestern Alaska: Constraints from regional-scale aeromagnetic data. Geophysics, 79, 1-17.
  • McNicoll, V., Goutier, J., Dube, B., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ross, P.S., Dion, C., Monecke, T., Legault, M., Percival, J., & Gibson, H., 2014, New U-Pb geochronology from the Blake River Group, Abitibi greenstone belt, Quebec, and implications for base metal exploration. Economic Geology, 109, 27-59.
  • Mercier-Langevin, P., Gibson, H.L., Hannington, M.D., Goutier, J., Monecke, T., Dube, B., & Houle, M.G., 2014, A special issue on Archean magmatism, volcanism and ore Deposits: Part 2. Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits – Preface. Economic Geology, 109, 1-9.
  • Anderson, E.D., Hitzman, M.W., Monecke, T., Bedrosian, P.A., Shah, A.K., & Kelley, K.D., 2013, Geological analysis of aeromagnetic data from southwestern Alaska: Implications for exploration in the area of the Pebble porphyry Cu-Au-Mo deposit. Economic Geology, 108, 421-436.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., Hannington, M.D., Anzidei, M., Esposito, A., Giordano, G., Garbe-Schoenberg, D., Augustin, N., Melchert, B., & Hocking, M., 2012, Explosion craters associated with shallow submarine gas venting off Panarea island, Italy. Bulletin of Volcanology, 74, 1937-1944.
  • Mercier-Langevin, P., Houle, M.G., Dube, B., Monecke, T., Hannington, M.D., Gibson, H.L., & Goutier, J., 2012. A special issue on Archean magmatism, volcanism, and ore deposits: Part I. Komatiite-associated Ni-Cu-(PGE) sulfide and greenstone-hosted Au deposits. Economic Geology, 107, 745-753.
  • Kempe, U., Goetze, J., Enchbat, D., Monecke, T., & Poutivtsev, M., 2012. Quartz regeneration and its use as a repository of genetic information. In: J. Goetze and R. Moeckel (eds.) Quartz: Deposits, mineralogy and analytics, Springer, 331-335.
  • Hannington, M., Jamieson, J., Monecke, T., Petersen, S., & Beaulieu, S., 2011. The abundance of seafloor massive sulfide deposits. Geology, 39, 1155-1158.

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