dr hab. Monika Kusiak

Profesor PAN

Instytut Geofizyki Polskiej Akademii Nauk

ul. Księcia Janusza 64, 01-452 Warszawa

tel. +48 22 6915 749

e-mail: monika.kusiak@igf.edu.pl

Research domains:

  • Early Earth Processes
  • Isotope Geochemistry
  • U-Pb geochronology

Academic degrees:

  • 2010 – Habilitation Degree, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Warsaw; Poland
  • 2003 – PhD in Geology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Geological Sciences, Kraków; Poland, “Age and geochemistry of detrital monazites from the Upper Carboniferous sediments of the Upper Silesia Coal Basin”. (written in English), supervised by Prof. dr hab. Nonna Bakun-Czubarow.
  • 1996 – MSc in Geology, Jagiellonian University, Faculty of Biology and Earth Sciences, Kraków; Poland, “Heavy minerals from arenites and exotic rocks from the Cracow Sandstone Series, Poland”. (written in Polish), supervised by Prof. dr hab. Marek Michalik.


  • Kusiak, M.A., Kovaleva, E., Wirth, R., Klötzli, U., Dunkley, D.J., Yi, K., Lee, S. 2019. Pb nano-spheres in seismically deformed zircon. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta; accepted.
  • Dunkley, D.J., Kusiak, M.A., Wilde, S.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Sałacińska, A., Kielman, R., Konecny, P., 2019. Two Neoarchean teconothermal events on the western edge of the North Atlantic Craton, as revealed by SIMS dating of the Saglek Block, Nain Province, Labrador. Journal of the Geological society, accepted. Doi: 10.1144/jgs2018-153.
  • Harley, S.L., Kelly, N.M., Kusiak, M.A., 2019. Chapter 35 - Ancient Antarctica: The Archean of the East Antarctic Shield, in: Van Kranendonk, M.J., Bennett, V.C., Hoffmann, J.E. (Eds.), Earth's Oldest Rocks (Second Edition). Elsevier, pp. 865-897. 
  • Krzesińska, A.M., Wirth, R., Kusiak, M.A., 2019.  Petrogenesis of ungrouped enstatite meteorite Zakłodzie: fabric, texture and nanostructure analysis for identification of mechanisms responsible for chondrite-achondrite transition. Meteoritics and Planetary Science; 54, 7: 1462-1477. doi.10.1111/maps.13296
  • Whitehouse, M.J., Dunkley, D.J., Kusiak, M.A., Wilde, S.A., 2019. On the true antiquity of Eoarchean chemofossils – assessing the claim for Earth’s oldest biogenic graphite in the Saglek Block of Labrador. Precambrian Research; 323, 70-81; doi.org/10.1016/j.precamres.2019.01.001.
  • Sałacińska, A., Kusiak, M.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Dunkley, D.J., Wilde, S.A., Kielman, R., 2019. Gneiss formation events in the Saglek Block, Labrador: a reappraisal of the Uivak Gneiss. International Journal of Earth Sciences; 108: 753-778. doi.org/10.1007/s00531-019-01677-y
  • Sałacińska, A., Kusiak, M.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Dunkley, D.J., Wilde, S.A., Kielman, R., 2018. Complexity of the early Archean Uivak Gneiss: Insights from Tigigakyuk Inlet, Saglek Block, Labrador, Canada and possible correlations with south West Greenland. Precambrian Research, 315, 103-119. Doi.org/10.1016/j.precambres.2018.07.011
  • Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Whitehouse, M.J., Wilde, S.A., Sałacińska, A., Konečný, P., Szopa, K., Gawęda, A., Chew, A., 2018. Peak to post-peak thermal history of the Saglek Block of Labrador: a multiphase and multi-instrumental approach to geochronology. Chemical Geology, 484: 210-223. Doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2017.10.033
  • Konečný, P., Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., 2018. Improving U-Th-Pb electron microprobe dating using monazite age references. Chemical Geology, 484: 22-35. Doi.org/10.1016/j.chemgeo.2018.02.014
  • Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Kato, T., Sajeev, K., Mezger, K., 2018. A tribute to Professor Kazuhiro Suzuki, Chemical Geology Special Issue Accessory minerals and trace element geochemistry. Chemical Geology, 484: 1-3. Doi.org/10/1016/j.chemgeo.2018.03.033
  • Szopa, K., Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Król, P., 2018. 9th International SHRIMP workshop, September 9-15, 2018 at Korean Basic Science Institute and Gyeongju National Museum. Przegląd Geologiczny 66, 12: 741.
  • Lewandowski, M., Kusiak, M.A., Michalczyk, L., Szmigiel, D., Sledziewska-Gojska, E., Barzycka, B., Wawrzyniak, T., Luks, B., Thordarson, T., Wilde S.A., Hoskuldsson, A., 2017. Message in a stainless steel bottle thrown into deep geological time. Gondwana Research, 52: 139-141. Doi: 10.1016/j.gr.2017.09.005
  • Kusiak, M.A., Wilde, S., Wirth, R., Whitehouse, M., Dunkley, D.J., Lyon, I., Reddy S., Berry A., de Jonge, M. 2017. Detecting micro- and nano-scale variations in element mobility in high-grade metamorphic rocks: implication for precise U-Pb dating of zircon. Editors: D. Moser, J. Darling, S. Reddy, F. Corfu, K. Tait; In: AGU-Wiley monograph 232 “Microstructural Geochronology; Lattice to Atom-Scale Records of Planetary Evolution”; chapter 13: 279-291. ISBN: 978-1-119-22724-3; Doi: 10.1002/978119227250
  • Whitehouse, M.J., Kusiak, M.A., Wirth, R., Ravindra Kumar, G.R., 2017. Metallic Pb nanospheres in ultra-high temperature metamorphosed zircon from southern India. Mineralogy and Petrology, 111: 467-474.Doi: 10.1007/s00710-017-0523-1
  • Sałacińska, A., Kusiak, M.A., 2017. Petrographic studies of the Archean Uivak gneisses, Nain Province, Labrador, preliminary studies. (Petrografia archaicznych gnejsów Uivak, Prowincja Nain, Labrador). Przegląd Geologiczny, 65,6: 383-391.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Sałacińska, A., 2016. Searching for pieces of the oldest crust in Labrador. (W poszukiwaniu fragmentów najstarszej skorupy kontynentalnej na Labradorze). Przegląd Geologiczny, 64, 11: 896-901.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Wirth, R., Whitehouse, M.J., Wilde, S.A., Marquardt, K., 2015. Metallic lead nanospheres discovered in ancient zircons. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112, 16: 4958-4963; doi: 10.1073/pnas.1415264112. 
  • Xu, D., Kusiak, M.A., Wang, Z., Chen, H., Bakun-Czubarow, N., Wu, C., Konečny, P., Hollings, P., 2015. Microstructural observation and chemical dating on monazite from the Shilu Group, Hainan Province of South China: Implications for origin and evolution of the Shilu Fe-Co-Cu ore district. Lithos 216-217: 158-177; doi: 10.1016/j.lithos.2014.12.017. 
  • Kusiak, M.A., Williams, I.S., Dunkley, D.J., Konečny, P., Słaby, E. & Martin, H. M. 2014. Monazite to the rescue: U-Th-Pb dating of the intrusive history of the composite Karkonosze pluton, Bohemian Massif. Chemical Geology 364: 76-92. 
  • Hu, G., Wang, Z., Xu, D., Cai, J., Wu, C., Yu, L., Shan, Q., Hou, M., Chen, H., Kusiak, M.A., 2014. Detrital Zircon U-Pb Ages of the Proterozoic Metaclastic-Sedimentary Rocks in Hainan Province of South China: New Constraints on Depositional Times, Provenances, and Tectonic Implications. Acta Geologica Sinica (English Edition), 88, s2: 1620-1621.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Wilde, S.A., Dunkley, D.J., Menneken, M., Nemchin, A.A., Clark, C., 2013. Changes in zircon chemistry during Archean UHT metamorphism in the Napier Complex, Antarctica. American Journal of Science 313: 933-967. 
  • Xu, D., Wang, Z., Cai, J., Wu, C., Bakun-Czubarow, N., Wang, L., Chen, H., Baker, M., Kusiak, M.A., 2013. Geological characteristics and metallogenesis of the Shilu Fe-ore deposit in Hainan Province, South China. Ore Geology Reviews 53: 318-342.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Whitehouse, M.J., Wilde, S.A., Nemchin, A.A., Clark, C., 2013. Mobilization of radiogenic Pb in zircon revealed by ion imaging: Implications for early Earth geochronology. Geology 41: 291-294
  • Budzyń, B., Dunkley, D.J., Kusiak, M.A., Poprawa, P., Malata, T., Skiba, M. & Paszkowski, M., 2011. SHRIMP U-Pb zircon chronology of the Polish Western Outer Carpathians source areas. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae 81: 161-171.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Suzuki, K., Kachlík, V., Kędzior, A. Lekki, J. & Opluštil, S., 2010. Chemical (non-isotopic) and isotopic dating of Phanerozoic zircon - a case study of durbachite from the Třebíč Pluton, Bohemian Massif. Gondwana Research 17: 153-161.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Kędzior, A., Paszkowski M., Suzuki K. & Lekki J., 2010. The Upper Silesia Coal Basin and provenance implications of a monazite study from the crystalline rocks of the Bohemian Massif. [In:] Water-Rock Interaction, [Ed.:] Birkle & Torres-Alvarado. Taylor & Francis Group, London, ISBN 978-0-415-60426-0: 725-728.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Dunkley, D.J., Słaby, E., Martin, H. & Budzyń, B., 2009. Sensitive high resolution ion microprobe analysis of zircon reequilibrated by late magmatic fluids in a hybridized pluton. Geology 37,12: 1063-1066.
  • Dunkley, D.J., Suzuki, K., Hokada, T., Kusiak, M.A., 2008. Contrasting ages between isotopic chronometers in granulites: Monazite dating and metamorphism in the Higo Complex, Japan. Gondwana Research 14: 624-643.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Suzuki, K., Dunkley, D.J., Lekki, J., Bakun-Czubarow, N., Paszkowski, M. & Budzyń, B., 2008. EPMA and PIXE dating of monazite in granulites from Stary Gieraltow, NE Bohemian Massif, Poland. Gondwana Research 14: 675-685.
  • Sláma, J., Dunkley, D.J., Kachlík, V. & Kusiak, M.A., 2008. Transition from island-arc to passive setting on the continental margin of Gondwana: U-Pb zircon dating of Neoproterozoic metaconglomerates from the SE margin of the Teplá-Barrandian Unit, Bohemian Massif. Tectonophysics 461: 44-59 
  • Kusiak, M.A. & Bakun-Czubarow, N. 2008. Mineral chemistry of monazites from the Poruba Beds and Kwaczala Arkose, Upper Silesia Coal Basin (Poland). Studia Geologica Polonica 129: 107-130.
  • Suzuki, K., Nakamurai, T., Kato, T., Ikeda, A., Goto, A., Oda, H., Minami, M., Kamikubo, H., Kajizuka, I., Adachi, K., Tsuboi, M., Tokiwa, T., Ooda, T., Nishida, M., Esaka, N., Tanaka, A., Mori, S., Dunkley, D.J., Kusiak, M.A., Suzuki, S., Niu, E., Nakazaki, M., Senda, R., Kanagawa, K. & Kumazawa, H., 2008. The place name “Umi” in Kamiyahagi of Ena City originated from the damming by a landslide triggered by Tensho Earthquake in 1586. Summaries of Researches using AMS at Nagoya University (XIX): 26-38. (in Japanese, English abstract)
  • Kusiak, M.A. & Lekki, J., 2008. Proton microprobe for chemical dating of monazite.  Gondwana Research 14: 617-623.
  • Itaya, T., Sajeev, K., Clark, C. & Kusiak, M.A., 2008. Micro-chronology and evolution of the planet earth. Gondwana Research 14: 567-568.
  • Kusiak, M.A., 2007. CHIME – chemiczna metoda datowania minerałów. Przegląd Geologiczny 55: 383-389. (in Polish)
  • Lekki, J. & Kusiak, M.A., 2007. Monazite dating using micro-PIXE. Mineralogia Polonica – Special Papers 30: 85-87.
  • Kusiak, M.A. & Rajchel, J., 2007. Cracow Sightseeing. [In:] Eurogranites` 2007 Excursion Guide, [ed.] Wiszniewska J. & Krzemińska E., Warsaw: 39-44.
  • Wiszniewska, J., Kusiak, M.A., Krzemińska, E., Dörr, W. & Suzuki, K., 2007. Mesoproterozoic AMCG granitoids in the Mazury complex, NE Poland – a geochronological update. [In:] Granitoids in Poland, AM Monograph No. 1, [ed.] Wiszniewska J. & Krzemińska E. Warszaw: 31-39.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Kędzior, A., Paszkowski, M., Suzuki, K., González-Álvarez, I., Wajsprych, B. & Doktor, M. 2006. Provenance Implications of Th-U-Pb Electron Microprobe Ages from Detrital Monazite in the Carboniferous Upper Silesia Coal Basin, Poland. Lithos 88: 56-71.
  • González-Álvarez, I., Kusiak, M.A. & Kerrich, R. 2006. A trace element and chemical Th-U total Pb dating study in the Lower Belt-Purcell Supergroup, Western North America: provenance and diagenetic implications. Chemical Geology 230: 140-160.
  • Wiszniewska, J., Gałuskina, I. & Kusiak, M.A., 2006. 19 Plenarne Spotkanie Międzynarodowego Towarzystwa Mineralogicznego, Kobe, Japonia, 23-28.07.2006. Przegląd Geologiczny 54/11: 934-936. 
  • Kusiak, M.A., 2006. Warsztaty Szlakami precyzji: Datowanie minerałów akcesorycznych przy użyciu mikrosondy elektronowej. Przegląd Geologiczny 54/1: 15. 
  • Poprawa, P., Kusiak, M.A., Malata, T., Paszkowski, M., Pécskay, Z. & Skulich, J., 2005. Th-U-Pb chemical dating of monazite and K/Ar dating of mica combined: preliminary study of “exotic” crystalline clasts from the Western Outer Carpathian flysh (Poland). Mineralogical Society of Poland, Spec. Papers 25: 345-351.
  • Goto, A., Kusiak, M.A., Senda, R., Tokiwa, T., Shibata, K. & Suzuki, K., 2005. ポーランドのビェリチカ岩塩坑と愛地球博ポーランド館から寄贈された岩塩標本(Wieliczka salt mine in Poland and halite specimens donated from Polish pavilion of EXPO 2005). Bull. Nagoya Univ. Museum 21: 147-153. (in Japanese, English abstract)
  • Budzyń, B. & Kusiak, M.A. 2005. Geochronologia – zarys możliwości i zastosowań wybranych metod. Wszechświat 106/4-6: 102-105.
  • Poprawa, P., Malata, T., Pécskay, Z., Banaś, M., Skulich, J., Paszkowski, M. & Kusiak, M.A., 2004. Geochronology of crystalline basement of the Western outer Carpathians’ sedyment source areas – preliminary data. Mineralogical Society of Poland – Special Papers 24: 329-332.
  • Kusiak, M.A., Paszkowski M. & Dziubińska, B., 2004. The First Precambrian Detrital Monazites from the Polish Extern Carpathian. [In:] Applied Mineralogy, [ed.] Peccio et al., Sao Paulo, ISBN 85-98656-01-1: 141-144.
  • Dziubińska, B., Kusiak, M.A. & Paszkowski, M., 2004. Heavy minerals from the Polish Part of the Eastern Carpathian Sandstones. [In:] Applied Mineralogy, [ed.] Peccio et al., Sao Paulo, ISBN 85-98656-02-x: 677-679.
  • Lekki, J., Lebed, S., Paszkowski, M.L., Kusiak, M., Vogt, J., Hajduk, R., Polak, W., Potempa, A., Stachura, Z. & Styczeń, J., 2003. Age determination of monazites using the new experimental chamber of the Cracow Proton Microprobe. Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B 210: 472-477.
  • Kusiak, M. & Paszkowski, M., 2003. Metoda chemiczna (CHIME) oznaczania wieku krystalizacji minerału monacytu – nowe użyteczne narzędzie w geologii. PAN, Działalność Naukowa, wybrane zagadnienia 15: 135-138.
  • Kusiak, M., Paszkowski, M.L., Lekki J. & Suzuki, K., 2002. Geochronology of monazites from Upper Silesia Coal Basin as a tool for provenance studies. Documenta Geonica, Peres Publ., Prague: 151-156.
  • Kusiak, M., Suzuki, K. & Paszkowski, M., 2001. Preliminary report of CHIME dating on detrital monazite grains from the Namurian Poruba Beds and the Stephanian Kwaczala Arkose in the Upper Silesia Coal Basin, Poland. J. of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Nagoya University 48: 15-41. 
  • Paszkowski, M. & Kusiak, M., 2001. Proweniencja minerałów ciężkich z utworów miocenu rejonu Biszcza-Księżpol (Zapadlisko Przedkarpackie). Przegląd Geologiczny 49: 454-456. 
  • Kiebała, A., Kusiak, M., Michalik, M. & Paszkowski, M., 2001. Heavy minerals form streams alluvia in the Western Tatra Mts. – geological implications. Polish Mineralogical Society - Special Papers, 19: 79-81.
  • Michalik, M., Popczyk, R., Kusiak, M. & Paszkowski, M., 2000. Xenotime-zircon intergrowths in the Western Tatra leucogranites. Polish Mineralogical Society - Special Papers 17: 249-251.
  • Kusiak, M., Michalik, M. & Woldańska, B., 1999. Opaque Fe-Ti minerals in the High Tatra granitoids. Geologica Carpathica 50: 117-118.
  • Cieszkowski, M., Kusiak, M., Michalik, M. & Paszkowski, M., 1999 – Origin of gold placers on the flysch rocks in the Polish Carpathians (Podhale region). Geologica Carpathica 50: 185-186.
  • Kusiak, M., Michalik, M. & Paszkowski, M., 1999. Proweniencja górnokarbońskich arenitów z Górnośląskiego Zagłębia Węglowego - wyniki analizy minerałów ciężkich. Documenta Geonica, Peres Publ., Prague: 109-111.
  • Paszkowski, M., Kusiak, M. & Banaś, M., 1999. Nowe, niekonwencjonalne metody w preparatyce minerałów akcesorycznych. Documenta Geonica, Peres Publ., Prague: 147-150.
  • Kusiak, M. & Paszkowski, M., 1998. Wydzielanie minerałów ciężkich przy użyciu separatora magnetohydrostatycznego. Przegląd Geologiczny 46: 674-675.    
Research projects:
  • 2011 – 2015. 7th Framework Programm EU. Action Towards LABoratories Enhancement and Know-How Exchange for Advanced Research on Geosystem (ATLAB). 7th FP, REGPOT-2011-1 EU FP7 - coordination
  • 2010-2014. Paleomagnetyzm i historia termiczna skał permu, triasu i jury rejonu Dynarydów chorwackich, a ewolucja paleogeograficzna i geodynamiczna płyty adriatyckiej. N307 475238
  • 2005-2006. Stratygrafia, zróżnicowanie facjalne i paleomagnetyzm górnej jury wschodniej części wyżyny krakowskiej 2 P04D 031 29
  • 2006-2007. Geotektonika i paleogeografia południowego Spitsbergenu na podstawie badań paleomagnetycznych skał kambru, dewonu i karbonu z rejonu fiordu Hornsund.” 2 P04D 045 30
  • 2003-2006 Ewolucja geotektoniczna i paleogeograficzna południowego Spitsbergenu na podstawie badań paleomagnetycznych skał paleozoicznych i triasowych z rejonu fiordu Hornsund. 3 P04D 037 25.
  • 2000-2002 Paleogeografia Baltiki we wczesnym paleozoiku na podstawie badań paleomagnetycznych osadów kambru i ordowiku Bornholmu. 6PO4D 034 18.
  • 1995-1998 Badania paleomagnetyczne skał dolnego paleozoiku Gór Kaczawskich; próba rekonstrukcji wczesnoordowickiej paleogeografii i elementów historii geotektonicznej kompleksu kaczawskiego. 6 P04 D 006 08.
  • 1992-1994 Paleomagnetyzm skał kambryjskich Gór Świętokrzyskich. 6 6227 92 03.


  • Polish Mineralogical Society (PTMin)
  • Polish Meteoritics Society (PTMet)
  • European Geosciences Union (EGU)
  • Geochemical Society

Honors & Awards:

  • 2017–2019 – Alexander von Humboldt Fellowship for research at the GeoForschungsZentrum, section: Chemistry and Physics of Earth Materials in Potsdam, Germany

  • 2016 – Bronze Cross of Merit, Poland

  • July–August 2015 – Ministry of Science and Higher Education (MNiSW) – TOP 500 Innovators (Cambridge University, Oxford University, UK)

  • March 2015 – Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) SKILLS Coaching Programme 

  • March 2013 – Australian Synchrotron grant for a beamtime

  • August 2011 – August 2014 – Marie Curie Post-doctoral Research Fellow of the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Commission for research at the Department of Applied Geology, Curtin University in Perth, Australia and the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, Sweden

  • April–August 2011 – Group of Eight (G08) Fellowship for research at the Centre for Microscopy Characterisation and Analysis, The University of Western Australia, Perth

  • March 2011 – The European Union funded Integrated Activities Grant, Synthesys Programme, Resources for SE-TAF, for research at the Natural History Museum in Stockholm, Sweden

  • 2010 – Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) HOMING Fellowship, prolongation

  • 2009 – Gondwana Research Best Paper Award. Award for the paper by Dunkley, D.J., Suzuki, K., Hokada, T., Kusiak, M.A., 2008 – Contrasting ages between isotopic chronometers in granulites: Monazite dating and metamorphism in the Higo Complex, Japan.

  • 2007–2008 – Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) HOMING Fellowship (reintegration grant for young researchers returning from an extended scientific stay abroad awarded to facilitate their return to Poland and to boost their academic career by improving their working conditions and supporting cooperation with the foreign host research centre)

  • 2007 – Habilitation Fellowship by the Polish Academy of Sciences.

  • April 2005 – March 2007 –The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellowship for research at the Center for Chronological Research, Nagoya University, Japan.

  • 2004 – Warsaw Science Community and The Foundation For Polish Science (FNP) Conference Fellowship to participate at the International Congress on Applied Mineralogy (ICAM 2004), Águas de Lindòia, Brazil.

  • 2003 – PhD thesis award by the Scientific Committee of the Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences.

  • 2003 – Award of the Director of the Institute of Geological Sciences, Polish Academy of Sciences, for the best results in a quadrennial as hitherto youngest award winner.

  • 2003 – European Microbeam Analysis Society (EMAS), Conference grant for young scientists, Cádiz, Spain.

  • 2002 – Warsaw Science Community and The Foundation for Polish Science (FNP) Conference Fellowship to participate at the Geological Association of Canada-Mineralogical Association of Canada (GAC-MAC) conference, Saskatoon, Canada.

  • Oct. 2001–March 2002 –The Matsumae International Foundation Fellowship for research at the Nagoya University, Japan.

  • 2000 – Foundation for Polish Sciences (FNP), START stipend for young, talented researchers.

  • March - May 1996 – Central European Exchange Program for University Students (CEEPUS) scholarship for study at ELTE University in Budapest, Hungary.




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