B.A. Cornell University, 1979
Ph.D. Pennsylvania State University, 1986
Postdoctoral Fellow, Arizona State University, 1985-86
Instructor, University of Arizona, 1986-87
Research Associate, Arizona State University, 1987-88
Faculty member at Stony Brook since 1988
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor Nekvasil's research focuses on the effects of magmas and the fluids that they produce on planetary crust evolution. Her group’s research combines analytical studies of meteorites and returned samples with experimental simulations of processes ranging from igneous fractionation, to high temperature metamorphism, and fluid/rock interactions.
Lunar studies Our recent lunar studies have focused on the mineral apatite and have shown for the first time that lunar magmas may have contained significantly more water than previously thought. Ongoing investigations involve experimental simulations of processes that can affect apatite composition such as magmatic degassing, and analytical studies of lunar meteorites and Apollo samples in order to provide new insights into the composition of the lunar interior.
Martian studies Our martian studies use analytical investigations of martian meteorites and lander and orbiter data to develop experimental investigations focused on constraining the nature of martian magmas and the fluids that have exsolved from them, the development of igneous stratigraphy of the martian crust, and interaction of magmatic fluids with the martian crust and the formation of hydrothermal alteration assemblages.
Francis M. McCubbin1*, Andrew Steele1, Erik Hauri2, Hanna Nekvasil3, Shigeru Yamashita4, and Russell J. Hemley1 (2010) Insights into hydrous magmatism on the Moon from the mineral apatite. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science United States of America.www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1006677107
McCubbin F.M., Steele A., Nekvasil H., Fries M., Schneiders A., Rose T., Carpenter P.K., Jolliff B.L. (in press) Detection of structurally bound hydroxyl in apatite from Apollo Mare basalt 15058,128 using TOF-SIMS.American Mineralogist.
McCubbin F.M., Smirnov A., Nekvasil H., Lindsley D.H., Wang J., and Hauri E.H. (2010) Hydrous magmatism on Mars: A source of water for the surface and subsurface during the Amazonian. EPSL 292. doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.01.028, 132–138
Nekvasil H., McCubbin F.M., Harrington A.D., Elardo S.M., and Lindsley D.H. (2009) Linking the Chassigny meteorite and the Martian surface rock Backstay: Insights into igneous crustal differentiation processes on Mars.Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 44. pp. 853-869.
McCubbin F.M., Tosca N.J., Smirnov A., Nekvasil H., Lindsley D.H., Fries M., and Steele A. (2009) Hydrothermal jarosite and hematite in a pyroxene-hosted melt inclusion in martian meteorite MIL 03346: Implications for magmatic hydrothermal fluids on Mars. Geochimica Cosmochimica Acta. 73. pp. 4907-4917
McCubbin F.M. Nekvasil, H., Harrington A.D., Elardo S.M, and Lindsley D.H. (2008) Compositional diversity and stratification of the Martian crust: Inferences from crystallization experiments on the picrobasalt Humphrey from Gusev Crater, Mars. Journal of Geophysical Research 113, doi:10.1029/2008JE003165.
McCubbin F.M. and Nekvasil H. (2008) Maskelynite-hosted apatite in the Chassigny meteorite: Insights into late-stage magmatic volatile evolution in Martian magmas. American Mineralogist 93: 676–684.
Nekvasil H., Filiberto J., Lindsley D.H. (2007) Alkalic parental magmas for the chassignites? Meteoritics and Planetary Science 42. 979-992.
Filiberto J., Nekvasil H., and Lindsley D.H. (2006) The Earth/Mars dichotomy in Mg/Si and Al/Si ratios: Is it real? American Mineralogist 91, 471-474.
News & Announcements
Dr. Michael Gurnis will be delivering a lecture entitled "Plate Tectonics: From Initiation of Subduction to Global Plate Motions" on Thursday, 3/26/15 at 4:00pm in the Hanson Seminar Room (ESS 123).
Geosciences Department Newsletter
Celebrating Robert Cooper Liebermann
Professor Joel Hurowitz named Deputy PI for Mars 2020 Rover Instrument
PhD Student Yuyan (Sara) Zhao selected for Prestigious Dwornik Award
Professor Timothy Glotch to lead NASA funded research team
Professor Martin Schoonen named Chairman of the Environmental Sciences Department at BNL
Professors John Parise and Artem Oganov pursue Materials Genome Initiative
Professor Deanne Rogers finds evidence for past groundwater on Mars
Professor Robert Liebermann accepts Edward A. Flinn Award
Professor Scott McLennan selected for NASA's Mars Science Laboratory Team