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Dr Paul R. Eizenhöfer

Research interests:

As a geoscientist I adopt multidisciplinary approaches integrating empirical and numerical methods in structural geology, thermochronology and geomorphology to improve our understanding of geodynamic processes in the Earth System framework. Currently, I study the evolution of the Himalayan-Alpine orogenic belt by quantifying and reconstructing fault motion, surface processes, exhumation, foreland basin development and landscape evolution. I aim to identify potential feedbacks between tectonics, surface processes and climate by exploring source-to-sink relationships and quantify magnitudes of external forcings on the geologic and geomorphic record caused by tectonic and climatic variability. Furthermore, my research focusses on (i) the tectonic evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, more specifically the late Palaeozoic to early Mesozoic closure of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean, (ii) the Cenozoic tectonic and exhumation history of Central Asia with respect to regional climatic change, and (iii) numerical approaches to quantify landscape evolution over geologic time.

Career history:

2022 — now
Lecturer / Assistant Professor — Univ. of Glasgow, Scotland
2018 — 2022
Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter (Post-Doc) — Universität Tübingen, Germany
2016 — 2017
Feodor-Lynen / Humboldt Postdoctoral Fellow — Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA
2015 — 2016; 2018
Postdoctoral Associate — Univ. of Pittsburgh, USA
2014 — 2015
Research Assistant — The Univ. of Hong Kong, China
2010 — 2014
The Univ. of Hong Kong, China — PhD in Geology (December 2, 2015)
2005 — 2010
Heidelberg Univ., Germany — Diploma (~MSc) in Geology (April 20, 2010)
2003 — 2005
Heidelberg Univ., Germany — Undergraduate in Physics

Active research projects:

DFG (German Science Foundation)
Quantifying the Effects of Mantle Processes and Climate Variability on Hinterland Denudation in the Central and Eastern Alps since the Oligocene (2021-2024; ~£250k).

Recent publications:

Zhu, C. Y., Hou, W., Han, Y., & Eizenhofer, P. R. (2022). The occurrence of Precambrian amphibolites from the Xinghuadukou Complex from NE China: Implications for the evolution of the Xinlin-Xiguitu Ocean, the NE branch of the Paleo-Asian Ocean. Precambrian Research, 370, 106547.

Cloetingh, S., Koptev, A., Kovács, I., Gerya, T., Beniest, A., Willingshofer, E., … & Beekman, F. (2021). Plume‐Induced Sinking of Intracontinental Lithospheric Mantle: An Overlooked Mechanism of Subduction Initiation?. Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, 22(2), e2020GC009482.

Eizenhöfer, P. R., Glotzbach, C., Büttner, L., Kley, J., & Ehlers, T. A. (2021). Turning the orogenic switch: Slab‐reversal in the Eastern Alps recorded by low‐temperature thermochronology. Geophysical Research Letters, 48(6), e2020GL092121.

Hou, W., Zhao, G., Han, Y., Eizenhoefer, P. R., Zhang, X., & Liu, Q. (2020). A~ 2.5 Ga magmatic arc in NE China: New geochronological and geochemical evidence from the Xinghuadukou Complex. Geological Journal, 55(4), 2550-2571.

McQuarrie, N., Eizenhöfer, P. R., Long, S. P., Tobgay, T., Ehlers, T. A., Blythe, A. E., … & Dering, G. M. (2019). The influence of foreland structures on hinterland cooling: Evaluating the drivers of exhumation in the eastern Bhutan Himalaya. Tectonics, 38(9), 3282-3310.

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