Thomas Monecke

Professor, Geology and Geological Engineering

Thomas Monecke


  • PhD, Economic Geology, TU Bergakademie Freiberg, Germany, 2003
  • MSc, 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 509: Volcanogenic Massive Sulfide Deposits (2crd)
  • GEOL 513: Hydrothermal Geochemistry (3 crd)
  • GEOL 517: Field Methods for Economic Geology (2 crd)
  • GEOL 519: Abitibi Geology and Exploration Field School (3 crd)
  • GEOL 520: New Developments in the Geology and Exploration of Ore Deposits (2 crd)
  • GEOL 521: Field and Ore Deposit Geology (3 crd)
  • GEOL 524: Economic Geology (3 crd)

Selected Publications

  • Tavares Nassif, M., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R.J., Piazolo, S., Lowers, H.A., 2022, Formation of orogenic gold deposits by progressive movement of a fault-fracture mesh through the upper crustal brittle-ductile transition zone: Nature Scientific Reports (2022_Nassif_et_al_Scientific_Reports), 12, 17379, doi:10.1038/s41598-022-22393-9.
  • Krushnisky, A., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ross, P.S., Goutier, J., McNicoll, V., Moore, L., Monecke, T., Jackson, S.E., Yang, Z., Petts, D.C., Pilote, C., 2022, Geology and controls on gold enrichment at the Horne 5 deposit and implications for the architecture of the gold-rich Horne volcanogenic massive sulfide complex, Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada: Economic Geology, doi:10.5382/econgeo.4978.
  • Keevil, H.A., Monecke, T., Goldfarb, R.J., Feng, T., 2022, Metallogeny of the Hunjiang basin, northeastern North China block: Ore Geology Reviews, 148, 104995.
  • Taylor, R.D., Morgan, L.E., Jourdan, F., Monecke, T., Marsh, E.E., Goldfarb, R.J., 2022, Late Jurassic through Early Cretaceous orogenic gold mineralization in the Klamath Mountains, California: Constraints from 40Ar/39Ar age dating of hydrothermal muscovite: Ore Geology Reviews, 141, 104661.
  • Monecke, T., 2022, Environmental setting and geology of County Sligo. In: S. Stolze (ed.) Archaeology and landscape history of Neolithic County Sligo, Irish Quaternary Association Field Guide No. 36, 4-16.
  • Tsuruoka, S., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., 2021, Evolution of the magmatic-hydrothermal system at the Santa Rita porphyry Cu deposit, New Mexico, USA: Importance of intermediate-density fluids in ore formation: Economic Geology, 116, 1267-1284.
  • Sun, M., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Yang, Z., 2021, Understanding the evolution of magmatic-hydrothermal systems based on microtextural relationships, fluid inclusion petrography, and quartz solubility constraints: insights into the formation of the Yulong Cu-Mo porphyry deposit, eastern Tibetan Plateau, China: Mineralium Deposita, 56, 823-842.
  • Frieman, B.M., Kelly, N.M., Kuiper, Y.D., Monecke, T., Kylander-Clark, A., Guitreau, M., 2021, Insight into Archean crustal growth and mantle evolution from multi-isotope U-Pb and Lu-Hf analysis of detrital zircon grains from the Abitibi and Pontiac subprovinces, Canada: Precambrian Research, 357, 106136.
  • Zeeck, L.R., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., *Tharalson, E.R., Pfaff, K., Kelly, N.M., Hennigh, Q.T., 2021, Textural characteristics of barren and mineralized colloform quartz bands at the low-sulfidation epithermal deposits of the Omu camp in Hokkaido, Japan: Implications for processes resulting in bonanza-grade precious metal enrichment: Economic Geology, 116, 407-425.
  • Taylor, R.D., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Monecke, J., 2021, Paragenesis of an orogenic gold deposit: New insights on Mineralizing Processes at the Grass Valley district, California: Economic Geology, 116, 323-356.
  • Dube, B., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ayer, J., Pilote, J.L., Monecke, T., 2020, Gold deposits of the world-class Timmins-Porcupine camp, Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada: SEG Special Publication, 23, 53-80.
  • Stolze, S., Monecke, T., 2020, A record of Neolithic land-use dynamics from northwest Ireland: Multi-proxy evidence from Lough Arrow, Country Sligo: Vegetation History and Archaeobotany, 30, 423–443.
  • Alford, L., Gysi, A.P., Hurtig, N.C., Monecke, T., Pfaff, K., 2020, Porphyry-related polymetallic Au-Ag vein deposit in the Central City district, Colorado: Mineral paragenesis and pyrite trace element chemistry: Ore Geology Reviews, v. 119, 103295.
  • Monecke, T., 2019, Environmental setting of County Sligo. In: S. Stolze (ed.) Archaeology and landscape history of Neolithic County Sligo: XX INQUA Congress Field Guide, IQUA, Dublin, Ireland, p. 3-12.
  • Tharalson, E.R., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J., Zeeck, L., Pfaff, K., Kelly, N., 2019, The distribution of precious metals in high-grade banded quartz veins from low-sulfidation epithermal deposits: Constraints from mXRF mapping: Minerals, v. 9, 740, doi:10.3390/min9120740.
  • Monecke, T., Monecke, J., Reynolds, T.J., 2019, The influence of CO2 on the solubility of quartz in single-phase hydrothermal fluids: Implications to the formation of stockwork veins in porphyry copper deposits: Economic Geology, v. 114, p. 1195-1206.
  • Hufford, G., Monecke, T., 2019, Timiskaming sedimentary and intrusive rocks at Kinross Park, Kirkland Lake, Ontario: Geological Survey of Canada Open File 8474, 1 map and 8 p.
  • Taylor, R.D., Monecke, T., Reynolds, T.J, 2019, Formation mechanism of quartz veins in orogenic gold deposits: Insights from Grass Valley, California, USA. Proceedings of the 15th biennial SGA meeting, Glasgow, Scotland, UK (August 27-30, 2019), p. 788-791.
  • Monecke, T., Petersen, S., Augustin, N., Hannington, M., 2019. Seafloor hydrothermal systems and associated mineral deposits of the Tyrrhenian Sea. In: S. D’Angelo, A. Fiorentiono, G. Giordano, A. Pensa, A. Pinton, L. Vita (eds.) Atlante delle Strutture Vulcaniche Sottomarine Italiane. Memorie Descrittive Della Carta Geologica D’Italia, 104, 41-74.
  • Keevil, H.A., Monecke, T., Goldfarb, R.J., Moeller, A., & Kelly, N.M., 2019, Geochronology and geochemistry of Mesozoic igenous rocks of the Hunjiang region, Jilin Province, NE China: Constraints on regional tectonic processes and lithospheric delamination of the eastern North China block: Gondwana Research, 68, 127-157.
  • Mavrogonatos, C., Voudouris, P., Spry, P.G., Melfos, V., Klemme, S., Berndt, J., Baker, T., Moritz, R., Bissig, T., Monecke, T., & Zaccarini, F., 2018, Mineralogical study of the advanced argillic alteration zone at the Konos Hill Mo-Cu-Re-Au porphyry prospect, NE Greece: Minerals 2018, 8, 479; doi: 10.3390/min8110479.
  • Pierre, S., Gysi, A.P., & Monecke, T., 2018, Fluid chemistry of mid-ocean ride hydrothermal vents: A comparison between numerical modeling and vent geochemical data: Geofluids 1389379, 20 p.
  • Nassif, M.T., Kuiper, Y.D., Goldfarb, R.J., Monecke, T., & Holm-Denoma, C.S., 2018, Structural evolution of a gold-bearing transtensional zone within the Archean Porcupine-Destor deformation zone, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, eastern Ontario, Canada: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 117, p. 203-218.
  • Taksavasu, T., Monecke, T., & Reynolds, T.J., 2018, Textural characteristics of non-crystalline silica in sinters and quartz veins: Implications for the formation of bonanza veins in low-sulfidation epithermal deposits: Minerals, v. 8, p. 331, doi:10.3390/min8080331.
  • Monecke, T., Monecke, J., Reynold, T.J., Tsuruoka, S., Bennett, M.M., Skewes, W.B., & Palin, R., 2018, Quartz solubility in the H2O-NaCl system: A framework for understanding vein formation in porphyry copper deposits: Economic Geology, v.113, p. 1007-1046.
  • Monecke, T., Gibson, H.L., & Goutier, J., 2017, Volcanogenic massive sulfide deposits of the Noranda camp: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 169-223.
  • Hannington, M.D., Gemmell, T., & Monecke, T., 2017, The Kidd Creek volcanogenic massive sulfide deposit – An update: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 81-102.
  • Dubé, B., Mercier-Langevin, P., Ayer, J., Atkinson, B., & Monecke, T., 2017, Orogenic greenstone-hosted quartz-carbonate gold deposits of the Timmins-Porcupine camp: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 51-79.
  • Monecke, T., Mercier-Langevin, P., Dubé, B., &  Frieman, B.M., 2017, Geology of the Abitibi greenstone belt: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 7-49.
  • Monecke, T., Mercier-Langevin, P., Dubé, B., & Hannington, M., 2017, Archean base and precious metal deposits, southern Abitibi greenstone belt, Canada: Reviews in Economic Geology, v. 19, p. 1-5.
  • Holley, E.A., Monecke, T., Bissig, T., & Reynolds, T.J., 2017, Evolution of high-level magmatic-hydrothermal systems: New insights from ore paragenesis of the Veladero high-sulfidation epithermal Au-Ag deposit, El Indio-Pascua belt, Argentina: Economic Geology, v. 112, p. 1747-1771.
  • Stolze, S., & Monecke, T., 2017, Holocene history of ‘non-native’ trees in Ireland: Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology, v. 244, p. 347-355.
  • 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.

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