Benjamin Schmitz

Research assistant (MSc 2015 TU Darmstadt)
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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. DFG-Projekt ALMOND.

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.

Awards

  • Best student poster award, TSK Meeting Jena, 2018.
  • Grant from the Studienstiftung des Deutschen Volkes for the MSc. thesis 2012-2015

Publications

Papers

Abstracts

  • 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.
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