Benjamin_Schmitz      

Research interests

I am studying recent to active tectonics by evolving balanced cross-sections based on field observations, geophysics, and remote sensing techniques. My study areas for structural investigations so far were mainly Germany, Spain (Pyrenees) and the southern Balkan peninsula (Dinarides & Hellenides). Currently I am investigating differences in the structural setup of the Southern Dinarides and Northern Hellenides.

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Current position

since 2015      DFG-funded PhD student, Structural Geology, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena


University education

2015           Master of Science - Applied Geosciences, Technische Universität Darmstadt
                   Master Thesis: Balancing and structural geology of the Boltaña-Anticline,
                   Southern Pyrenees, Spain.

2012           Bachelor of Science - Geosciences, Goethe Universität Frankfurt
                   Bachelor Thesis: Analogmodellierung von Chocolate-Tablet Strukturen bei verschiedenen
                   Viskositätskontrasten.


Scientific activities

PhD student in a joint research programme with colleagues from RWTH Aachen on neotectonics and earthquake hazards in the area of Northern Albania and Southern Montenegro.

 

Publications



Conference contributions

Schmitz, B., Biermanns, P., Djakovic, M., Reicherter, K., Ustaszewski, K., 2018. Structural framework of the 1979 Mw 7.1 Montenegro earthquake. Conference poster, Annual DGGV meeting 2018, Bonn.

Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Pingel, J., Onuzi, K., Reicherter, K., 2018. Dry valley race: What geomorphology tells us about active deformation in the Adria-Eurasia collision zone. Conference talk, Annual DGGV meeting 2018, Bonn.

Kremser, R., Freudenberg, L., Korsten, Ph., Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Reicherter, K., 2018. Tectonics shaping the landscape of Southern Montenegro and Northern Albania: A multidisciplinary study of Holocene surface processes at the Dinarides-Hellenides transition. Conference poster, Annual DGGV meeting 2018, Bonn.

Schmitz, B., Biermanns, P., Ustaszewski, K., Mechernich, S., Dakovic, M., Sokol, K., Reicherter, K., 2018. Active normal faults within the convergent thrust belt front of the Southern Dinarides (Montenegro & Albania). Converence poster, 17th Symposium on Tectonics, Structural Geology and Cristalline Geology (TSK), Jena.

Pingel, J., Schmitz, B., Balling, P., Ustaszewski, K., 2018. A new balanced cross section across the Southern Dinarides fold-and-thrust belt in the vicinity of the Montenegro 1979 Mw 7.1 earthquake epicenter. Conference poster, 17th Symposium on Tectonics, Structural Geology and Cristalline Geology (TSK), Jena.

Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Mechernich, S., Dakovic, M., Sokol, K., Reicherter, K., 2018. Tectonic imprint on landscape evolution at the Dinarides - Hellenides transition (Southern Montenegro and Northern Albania). Converence talk, 17th Symposium on Tectonics, Structural Geology and Cristalline Geology (TSK), Jena.

Mechernich, S., Schneiderwind, S., Mason, J., Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Papanikolaou, I., Reicherter, K., 2018. Paleoseismology using bedrock fault planes. Conference talk, EGU General Assembly 2018, Vienna.

Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K., 2017.The External Dinarides of Southern Montenegro and Northern Albania: Contraction vs. extension - Instrumentally recorded seismicity vs. field observations. Conference poster, 15th Swiss Geoscience Meeting 2017, Davos.

Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Wemmer, K., Onuzi, K., Muceku, B., 2017. Kinematics and age of the orogen-perpendicular Shkodër-Peja-Normal-Fault, northern Albania. Conference poster, 13th Workshop on Alpine Geological Studies - Émile Argand Conference (EGU Series) 2017, Zlatibor.

Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K., 2017. Regional-scale extension in the contractional External Dinarides of Southern Montenegro and Northern Albania. Conference poster, 13th Workshop on Alpine Geological Studies - Émile Argand Conference (EGU Series) 2017, Zlatibor.

Schmitz, B., Biermanns, P., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K., 2017. Regional-scale extension in the contractional External Dinarides, Montenegro and northern Albania. Does it document the onset of "Aegean-style" tectonics? Conference talk, 13th Workshop on Alpine Geological Studies - Émile Argand Conference (EGU Series) 2017, Zlatibor.

Biermanns, P., Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K., 2017. Inferences on landscape development in Southern Montenegro and Northern Albania from geomorphic and drill core data. Conference poster, 13th Workshop on Alpine Geological Studies - Émile Argand Conference (EGU Series) 2017, Zlatibor.

Schmitz, B., Biermanns, P., Ustaszewski, K., Reicherter, K., 2016. Neogene multidirectional extension in the Adria-Eurasia collision zone of northern Albania. Conference poster, Annual DGGV meeting 2016, Innsbruck.

Schmitz, B., Ustaszewski, K., Schmid, S.M., 2016. The Shkodër-Peja Fault and its role in Neogene tectonics of the Dinarides-Hellenides transition zone. Conference poster, 16th Symposium of Tectonics, Structural Geology and Crystalline Geology (TSK) 2016, Bonn.