Shirley graduated from the University of Rochester in 1975 with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and Geology. She obtained M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Arizona State University where she was involved primarily in the characterization of manganese oxide minerals by high resolution transmission electron microscopy (HRTEM). She was a postdoctoral associate at the Smithsonian Institution where she was involved in powder and single-crystal x-ray diffraction studies.
Surface and Microanalysis Science
Microanalysis Research Group
1982, Arizona State University, Ph.D, Geology