Profile: Mihaela Glamoclija

Assistant Professor

Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences

Field of Specialization: Geomicrobiology

My research focuses on investigations of microbial systems living in extreme environments. I am curious about the ways in which life interacts with the environment and the mechanisms that it uses to thrive under the extremes. The analytical techniques applied in most of the projects tie together the disciplines of mineralogy, biogeochemistry and molecular biology. Such multidisciplinary approach is the best way to understand ecology of microbial systems and obtain a closer look into the mechanisms microbes use to survive in a salty desert, within a hydrothermal system, or deep under the surface. Moreover, detail understanding of present-day environments offers one of the few links and contexts we can use to understand environments from the geological past. My main research interest is characterization of biosignatures that can resist geologic time. I am also very interested in planetary sciences and astrobiology, and my research field sites are investigated as terrestrial analogs to equivalent environments on other planets, such as Mars and Europa.

  • Education

    PhD International Research School of Planetary Sciences, Universitá G. d’Annunzio, Chieti-Pescara, Italy, 2005

    BSc/MS University of Belgrade, Serbia, 2000

  • Publications

    Agee C.B., Wilson N.V., McCubbin F.M., Ziegler K., Polyak V.J., Sharp Z.D., Asmerom Y., Nunn M.H., Shaheen R., Thiemens M.H., Steele A., Fogel M.L., Bowden R., Glamoclija M., Zhang Z., Elardo S.M. (2013) Unique Meteorite from Early Amazonian Mars: Water-Rich Basaltic Breccia Northwest Africa 7034. Science doi: 10.1126/science.1228858

    Stern J., McAdam A., Ten Kate I., Blake D., Morris R., Bowden R., Fogel M.L., Glamoclija M., Steele A., Amundsen H. (2013) Iostopic and geochemical analysis of carbonates by evolved gas techniques: Simulating isotopic measurements for Mars surface operations in Svalbard, Norway. Icarus.

    Steele A., Fries M., Kater L., McCubbin F.M., Mysen B., Boctor N., Fogel M., Conrad P, Glamoclija M., Spencer M., Morrow A.L., Hammond M.R., Vicenzi E., Rose T., Siljstrom S., Zare R., Herd C.D.K., Shirey S.B., Amundsen H.E.F., Treiman A.H. (2012) A reduced carbon component in Martian basalts. Science, doi: /10.1126/science.1227015

    Glamoclija M., Fogel M.L., Kish A., Steele A. (2011) Microbial Nitrogen and Sulfur Cycles at the Gypsum Dunes of White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Geomicrobiology Journal

    Glamoclija M., Marinangeli L., Komatsu G. (2010) Harmakhis Vallis Source Region, Mars: Insights into the Geothermal History based on Geological Mapping; Planetary and Space Sciences, 59, 1179-1194.

    Dohm J.M., Miyamoto H., Ori G.G., Fairen A.G., Davila A.F., Komatsu G., Mahaney W.C., Williams J.-P., Joye S.B., Di Achille G., Oehler D., Marzo G., Schulze-Makuch D., Acocella V., Glamoclija M., Pondrelli M., Boston P., Allen C.R., Anderson R.C., Baker V.R., Fink W., Frazer A.R., Furfaro R., Gross C.H., Hare T.M., Hart K.M., Ip F., Kelleher B.P., Kim K.J., Maruyama S., McGuire P.C., Netoff D., Parnell J., Wendt L., Wheelock S., Steele A. (2010) An inventory of potentially habitable environments on Mars: Geological and biological perspectives. GSA special paper: Analogs for Planetary Exploration; in press

    Szynkiewicz A., Pratt L M., Glamoclija M., Moore C.H., and Bustos D. (2010) The origin of coarsely crystalline gypsum domes in a saline playa environment at the White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, doi:10.1029/2009JF001592.

    Szynkiewicz A., Ewing R., Moore C.H., Pratt L. M., Glamoclija M., Bustos D. (2009) Origin of terrestrial gypsum dunes – implications for Martian gypsum-rich dunes of Olympia Undae. Geomorphology, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2009.02.017
    Szynkiewicz A., Moore C.H., Glamoclija M., and Pratt L M. (2009) Sulfur isotope signatures in gypsiferous sediments of the Estancia and Tularosa Basins as indicators of sulfate sources, hydrological processes, and microbial activity. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta; doi: 10.1016/j.gca.2009.07.009.

    Glamoclija M., Steele A., Fries M., Schieber J., Voytek M. and Cockell C.S. (2009) Association of Anatase (TiO2) and Microbes; Unusual Fossilization Effect or A Potential Biosignature? In: Gohn, G.S., Koeberl, C., Miller, K.G., and Reimold, W.U., (eds.): The ICDP- USGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes: Geological Society of America Special Paper 458; doi:10.1130/2009.2458(42).

    Cockell C.S., Gronstal A., Voytek M., Kishtein J., Finster K., Sanford W., Glamoclija M., Gohn G., Powars D.S. and Horton W. (2009) Microbiology of Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater: Microbial Abundance and its Relationship to Lithology and Impact Processes In: Gohn, G.S., Koeberl, C., Miller, K.G., and Reimold, W.U., (eds.): The ICDP- USGS Deep Drilling Project in the Chesapeake Bay Impact Structure: Results from the Eyreville Core Holes: Geological Society of America Special Paper 458; doi: 10.1130/2009.2458(40).

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  • 101 Warren Street,
    Smith Hall Room 138
    Newark, New Jersey, 07102

  • For more information please visit my lab's website.