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Dr. Maud Meijers


Research interests
My research focuses on unraveling the interactions between tectonics and climate from the continental rock record. I use oxygen and carbon stable isotope geochemistry as a proxy for surface uplift and paleoenvironment. For the essential age constraints, I combine magnetostratigraphy and 40Ar/39Ar geochronology with existing mammal ages. Currently, my research concentrates on the Neogene evolution of the present-day Central Anatolian Plateau.

I have been conducting research in the fields of paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, which I use as a tool to restore the large-scale geometry of mountain belts and provide paleogeographic reconstructions. Remagnetization mechanisms in sedimentary rocks are of special interest to me. The field areas of my studies are concentrated around the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea.

Short CV
Utrecht University, Netherlands, Geology/Geophysics PhD, 2010
Utrecht University, Netherlands, Earth Sciences MSc, 2005
Utrecht University, Netherlands, Earth Sciences BSc, 2002

Professional experience
2016 – Present: Research Scientist, Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Center (BiK-F), Frankfurt, Germany
2012 – 2015: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota, USA, NSF Continental Dynamics – Central Anatolian Tectonics (CD-CAT) project
2010 – 2012: Henri Poincaré Postdoctoral Fellow, Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis, France, ‘Paleomagnetism of the Armenian Block and its foreland: constraints on Tethyan plate reconstructions and oroclinal bending during the Phanerozoic’

Google Scholar

Meijers, M.J.M., Peynircioglu, A.A., Cosca, M.A., Brocard, G.Y., Whitney, D., Langereis, C.G., Mulch, A., 2018. Climate stability in central Anatolia during the Messinian Salinity Crisis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 498, 53-67, doi:10.1016/j.palaeo.2018.03.001

Meijers, M.J.M., Brocard, G.Y., Cosca, M.A., Lüdecke, T., Teyssier, C., Whitney, D., Mulch, A, 2018. Rapid late Miocene surface uplift of the Central Anatolian Plateau margin. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 497, 29-41, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2018.05.040

Meijers, M.J.M., Strauss, B., Özkaptan, M., Feinberg, J., Mulch, A., Whitney, D.L., N. Kaymakcý, 2016. Age and paleoenvironmental reconstruction of partially remagnetized lacustrine sedimentary rocks (Oligocene Aktoprak basin, central Anatolia, Turkey). Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems 17, 914-939, doi:10.1002/2015GC006209

Rolland, Y., Hässig, M., Bosch, D., Meijers, M.J.M., Sosson, M., Bruguier, O., Adamia, Sh., Sadradze, N., 2016. A review of the plate convergence history of the East Anatolia-Transcaucasus region during the Variscan: insights from the Georgian basement and its connection to the Eastern Pontides. Journal of Geodynamics 96, 131-145, doi:10.1016/j.jog.2016.03.003.

Sosson, M., Stephenson, R., Sheremet, Y., Rolland, Y., Adamia, S., Melkonian, R., Kangarlý, T., Yegorova, T., Avagyan, A., Galoyan, G., Danelian, T., Hässig, M., Meijers, M.J.M., Müller, C., Sahakyan, L., Sadradze, N., Alania, V., Enukidze, O., Mosar, J., 2016. The Eastern Black Sea-Caucasus region during the Cretaceous: New evidence to constrain its tectonic evolution. Comptes Rendus Géosciences 348(1), 23-32, doi:10.1016/j.crte.2015.11.002

Meijers, M.J.M., Smith, B., Pastor Galán, D., Degenaar, R., Sadradze, N., Adamia, Sh., Sahakyan, L., Avagyan, A., Sosson, M., Rolland, Y., Langereis, C.G., Müller, C., 2015. Progressive orocline formation in the Eastern Pontides–Lesser Caucasus. In: Sosson, M., Stephenson, R.A., Adamia, S.A., (Eds), Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Black Sea and Caucasus. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 428, 117-143, doi:10.1144/SP428.8

Van der Boon, A., Kuiper, K.F., Villa, G., Renema, W., Meijers, M.J.M., Langereis, C.G., Aliyeva, E., Krijgsman, W., 2015. Onset of Maikop sedimentation and cessation of Eocene arc volcanism in the Talysh Mountains, Azerbaijan. In: Sosson, M., Stephenson, R.A., Adamia, S.A., (Eds), Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Black Sea and Caucasus. Geological Society, London, Special Publications 428, 145-169, doi:10.1144/SP428.3

Meijers, M.J.M., Smith, B., Kirscher, U., Mensink, M., Sosson, M., Rolland, Y., Grigoryan, A., Sahakyan, L., Avagyan, A., Langereis, C.G., Müller, C., 2015. A paleolatitude reconstruction of the South Armenian Block since the late Cretaceous: constraints on the Tethyan realm. Tectonophysics, 644–645, 197–219, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2015.01.012

Haldan, M.M., Meijers, M.J.M., Langereis, C.G., Larsen, B.T., Heyer, H., 2014. New palaeomagnetic results from the Oslo Graben, a Permian Superchron lava province. Geophysical Journal International, 199(3), 1554-1571, doi:10.1093/gji/ggu351

Lefebvre, C., Meijers, M.J.M., Kaymakci, N., Peynircioglu, A., Langereis, C.G. & van Hinsbergen, D.J. J., 2013. Reconstructing the geometry of central Anatolia during the late Cretaceous: Large-scale Cenozoic rotations and deformation between the Pontides and Taurides. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, 366, 83-98, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2013.01.003

Gülyüz, E., Kaymakci, N., Meijers, M.J.M., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Lefebvre, C., Vissers, R.L.M., Hendriks, B.W.H. & Peynircioglu, A. A., 2013. Late Eocene evolution of the Çiçekdaðý Basin (central Turkey): Syn-sedimentary compression during microcontinent–continent collision in central Anatolia. Tectonophysics, 602, 286-299, doi:10.1016/j.tecto.2012.07.003

Meijers, M.J.M., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Dekkers, M.J., Altiner, D., Kaymakci, N., Langereis, C.G., 2011. Pervasive Palaeogene remagnetization of the central Taurides fold-and-thrust belt (southern Turkey) and implications for rotations in the Isparta Angle. Geophysical Journal International, 184, 1090-1112, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04919.x

Dupont-Nivet, G., Lippert, P., van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Meijers, M.J.M. and Kapp, P., 2010. Paleolatitude and age of the Indo-Asia collision. Geophysical Journal International, 182, 1189-1198, doi:10.1111/j.1365-246X.2010.04697.x

Meijers, M.J.M., 2010. Tethyan evolution of the Black Sea region since the Paleozoic: a paleomagnetic approach (PhD thesis Utrecht University). Geologica Ultraiectina, 319,

Meijers, M.J.M., Hamers, M.F., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Van der Meer, D.G., Kitchka, A., Langereis, C.G. and Stephenson, R.A., 2010. New late Paleozoic paleopoles from the Donbas Foldbelt (Ukraine): implications for the Pangea A vs. B controversy. Earth and  Planetary Science Letters, 297, 18-33, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.05.028

Meijers, M.J.M., Kaymakci, N., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., Stephenson, R.A. and Hippolyte, J.-C., 2010. Late Cretaceous to Paleocene oroclinal bending in the Central Pontides (Turkey). Tectonics, 29, TC4016, doi:10.1029/2009TC002620

Meijers, M.J.M., Langereis, C.G., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kaymakci, N., Stephenson, R.A. and  Altiner, D., 2010. Jurassic-Cretaceous low paleolatitudes from the circum-Black Sea region (Crimea and Pontides) due to True Polar Wander. Earth and  Planetary Science Letters, 296, 210-226, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2010.04.052

Meijers, M.J.M., Vrouwe, B., Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Kuiper, K.F., Wijbrans, J. , Davies, G.R., Stephenson, R.A., Kaymakci, N., Matenco, L. and Saintot, A. 2010. Jurassic arc volcanism on Crimea (Ukraine): implications for the paleo-subduction zone configuration of the Black Sea region. Lithos, 119, 412-426, doi:10.1016/j.lithos.2010.07.017


Meijers, M.J.M., 2005. Palaeomagnetic data from Crimea (Ukraine): New constraints for Mesozoic plate tectonic reconstructions of the southern margin of the East European Platform (revised 2008). Cambridge, CASP Reports, Black Sea Project (Phase II): 48

Student supervision / teaching assistance
Student supervision:
2013: Noah Keller, undergraduate student, CD-CAT project, University of Minnesota
2012: Renzo Degenaar, MSc student co-supervised with Cor Langereis, project entitled: ‘Oroclinal bending in the Lesser Caucasus’, Utrecht University
2011: Marily Mensink, BSc thesis entitled: ‘A paleomagnetic study on the South Armenian Block: The rotation since and the paleolatitude in Santonian time’, Utrecht University
2007: co-supervision of Maartje H.F. Hamers, MSc thesis entitled: ‘A new late Paleozoic Apparent Polar Wander Path for Baltica’, Utrecht University
2008: field training of first year BSc students of Utrecht University during four weeks in Spain
2006-2007: field training of first year BSc students of VU University Amsterdam during four weeks per year in Spain
Teaching assistance:
2011: ‘Presentation in English’ for French 3rd year BSc students, Université de Nice-Sophia Antipolis
2002-2005: Teaching assistant for geology students at Utrecht University: 1st year BSc Mathematics course, 2nd year BSc Structural Geology & Petrology course, 1st year BSc Introduction to Geophysics course, 1st year excursion to the Belgian Ardennes, Preparation course for 1st year BSc field work in Spain