Lindsay Schoenbohm

Lindsay Schoenbohm, PhD

Professor & Chair of the Department of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Earth Science | Earth and Space Science

Research Areas:

Schoenbohm Research

Neotectonics and Landscape Dynamics

Research Profile:

Lindsay Schoenbohm and her research team address questions in the rapidly growing, interdisciplinary field of climate-tectonic interactions such as:

(1) is it possible that surficial processes such as glacial and fluvial erosion, can collectively, or even individually, dictate the rate and spatial pattern of rock deformation?

(2) how do continental plateaus grow? What is the role of climate in initiating, enlarging and sustaining plateaus?; and

(3) how does the landscape reflect tectonic deformation? Conversely, how do we read the landscape to quantify the rates and patterns of deformation?

The primary tool her group uses for this work is structural and geomorphic field-based mapping. Her team also dates geomorphic surfaces and determines spatially averaged erosion rates using cosmogenic nuclides, and works with digital elevation data and satellite imagery for landscape analysis. Research is focused primarily in Argentina, Turkey and Argentina around the margins of the three largest continental plateaus because of the extreme gradients in both climate and tectonic processes which operate there.

Courses Taught:

ERS202H5, ERS302H5, ERS402H5, ERS425H5, and ERS399Y5 (Undergraduate); ESS2222 (Graduate)



Godin, L., *Crilly, B., Schoenbohm, L.M., Wolpert, J., 2023, Recent Basement Fault Reactivation and Fluvial Drainage Modification in an Intraplate Setting, Eastern Bundelkhand Craton, Madhya Pradesh, India: Geomorphology, v. 436, doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2023.108781.

*McMillan, M., Schoenbohm, L.M., 2023, Diverse styles of lithospheric dripping: Synthesizing gravitational instability models, continental tectonics, and geologic observations: Geochemistry, Geophysics, Geosystems, v. 24(2), doi:10.1029/2022GC010488. 

Luo, Q., Li, Y., Schoenbohm, L.M., Rimando, J., Hu, X., Guo, A., Zhao, J., Li, X., Liu, Q., Jiang, S., Li, C., Sun, K., 2022, Direct evidence for dextral shearing in the Shanxi Graben System: geologic and geomorphologic constraints from the North Liulengshan Fault: Tectonics, v. 41(12) doi:10.1029/2022TC007490. 

Sherpa, T.Z.L., DeCelles, P.G., Carrapa, B., Schoenbohm, L.M., Wolpert, J., 2022, Bhumichula plateau: a remnant high-elevation low-relief surface in the Himalayan thrust belt of western Nepal: GSA Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B36481.1. 

*Giona Bucci, M., Schoenbohm, L.M., 2022, Methodologies for conducting a tectono-geomorphic study in a low relief, low-moderate seismically active area, in the Temiskaming Region, Eastern Canada: Remote Sensing, v. 14(15), 3587, doi: 10.2290/rs14153587. 

*McMillan, M., Schoenbohm, L.M., *Tye, A., *McMillan, M., Zhou, R., 2022, Eocene to Quaternary deformation of the southern Puna Plateau: Thermochronology, geochronology, and structural geology of an Andean Hinterland Basin (NW Argentina): Tectonics, vol. 41(6), doi: 10.1029/2022TC007252. 

*Dortch, J.M., Tomkins, M.D., Saha, S., Murari, M.K., Schoenbohm, L.M., and Curl, D., 2022, Probabalistic Cosmogenic Age Analysis Tool (P-CAAT), a Tool for the Ages: Quaternary Geochronology, v. 71, doi:10.1016/j.quageo.2022.101323. 

*Tye, A., McMillan, M., Schoenbohm, L.M., Zhou, R. 2022, Late Cenozoic extensional formation of the Antofalla depression, southern Puna plateau, Argentina: an effect of lithospheric foundering?: Tectonics, v. 41(3), doi: 10.1029/2021TC006807. 

*Seagren, E.G., *McMillan, M., Schoenbohm, L.M., 2022, Tectonic Control on Drainage Evolution in Broken Forelands: Examples from NW Argentina: Tectonics, v. 41(1), doi: 10.1029/2020TC006536. 

Schoenbohm, L.M., and *McMillan, M., 2021, Worldbuilding from Tectonic First Principles: Integrating and Challenging Undergraduate Knowledge through a Course Project: Journal of Geoscience Education, 

*Seagren, E.G., and Schoenbohm, L.M., 2021, Drainage Reorganization across the Puna Plateau Margin (NW Argentina): Implications for the Preservation of Orogenic Plateaus: JGR – Earth Surface, v. 126(8), doi: 10.1029/2021JF006147. 

*Rimando, J.M., Schoenbohm, L.M., Ortiz, Gustavo, Alvarado, P., Venerdini, A., Owen, L.A., Seagren, E.G., Figueriedo, P.M., and Hammer, S.J., 2021, Late Quaternary intraplate deformation Defined by the Las Chacras Fault Zone, West-Central Argentina: Tectonics, v. 40,  

Schoenbohm, L.M., Kim, D.-E., and *McMillan, M., 2021, Worldbuilding from Tectonic First Principles: Integrating and Challenging Undergraduate Knowledge through a Course Project: Journal of Geoscience Education,  

Lee, C.H., Seong, Y.B., Schoenbohm, L.M., Kim, D.-E., and Yu, B.Y., 2021, Geomorphic constraints on the development of a blind-thrust induced landform, south-central Mongolia: Insights into foreberg growth: Geomorphology, v. 378, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2021.107613.  

Xu, J.-H., Arrowsmith, R.J., Chen, J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Li, T., and Yuan, Z.-D., 2021, Evaluating young fluvial terrace riser degradation using a nonlinear transport model: with applications to the Kongur Normal Fault in the Pamir, northwest China: Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 46, p. 280-295 doi:10.1002/esp.5002. 

Wang, Y., Wang, Y., Schoenbohm, L.M., Zhang, P., Zhang, B., Sobel, E.R., Zhou, R., Shi X., Zhang, J., Stockli, D.F., and Guo, X., 2020, Cenozoic exhumation of the Ailaoshan-Red River shear zone: New insights from low-temperature thermochronology: Tectonics, doi: 10.1029/2020TC006151. 

*Seagren, E.G., Schoenbohm, L.M., Owen, L.A., Figueredo, P., Hammer, S., *Rimando, J.M., Wang, Y., and *Bohon, W., 2020, Lithology, topography, and spatial variability of vegetation moderate fluvial erosion in the south-central Andes: EPSL, v. 551, 116555, doi:10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116555. 

*McMillan, M., and Schoenbohm, L.M., 2020, Extreme wind erosion in the Puna Plateau: the Salina del Fraile depression: JGR – Earth Surface, doi:10.1029/2020JF005682. 

*Krystopowicz, N., Schoenbohm, L.M., *Rimando, J.R., Gilles, B., and Rojay, B., 2020, Tectonic geomorphology and Plio-Quaternary structural evolution of the Tuzgölü fault zone: Implications for deformation in the interior of the Central Anatolian Plateau: Geosphere, v. 16, doi:10.1130/GES02175.1. 

*Buceta, R., Schoenbohm, L.M., DeCelles, P.G., 2020, Glacial and Fluvial Erosion in the Dolpo Basin, Western Nepal: Geomorphology, v. 354, doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2020.107033. 

*Rimando, J.M., and Schoenbohm, L.M., 2020, Regional Relative Tectonic Activity of Structures in the Pampean Flat Slab Segment of Argentina from 30 to 32°S: Geomorphology, v. 350doi:10.1016/j.geomorph.2019.106908. 

Li, T., Schoenbohm, L.M., Chen, J., Yuan, Z.-D., Feng. W.-P., Li, W.-Q., Xu, J.-H., Owen, L.A., Sobel, E.R., Zhang, B.-X., Zheng, W.-J., and Zhang, P.-Z., 2019, Cumulative and coseismic (during the 2016 Mw 6.6 Aketao earthquake) deformation of the dextral-slip Muji Fault, northeastern Pamir orogen: Tectonics, v. 38 doi:10.1029/2019TC005680. 

Wang, Y., Wang, Y.-J., Zhang, P.-Z., Schoenbohm, L.M., Zhang, B., Zhang, J.-J., Zhou, R.-J., Stockli, D., *Seagren, E., Wang, F., and Wu, L., 2019, Intracontinental deformation within the India-Eurasia oblique convergence zone: case studies in the Nantinghe and Dayingjiang faults: Geological Society of America Bulletin, doi:10.1130/B35338.1. 

*McCarthy, J.A., Schoenbohm, L.M., Bierman, P, Rood, D. and Hidy, A., 2019, Late Quaternary Tectonics, Incision and Landscape Evolution of the Calchaquí River Catchment, Eastern Cordillera, NW Argentina: JGR Earth Surface, v. 124, doi:10.1029/2019JF005091. 

Costa, C., Schoenbohm, L.M., Brooks, B., Gardini, C., and Richard, A., 2019, Assessing Quaternary shortening rates at an Andean front thrust (32°30m), Argentina: Tectonics, doi:10.1029/2019TC005564. 

Imrecke, D., Robinson, A., Owen, L.A., Chen, J., Schoenbohm. L.M., Hedrick K., Lapen, T., Li, W.-Q., and Yuan, Z.-D., 2019, Mesozoic Evolution of the Eastern Pamir: Lithosphere, doi:10.130/L1017.1.  

*Seagren, E.G., and Schoenbohm, L.M., 2019, Base Level and Lithologic Control of drainage Reorganization in the Sierra de las Planchadas, NW Argentina: Journal of Geophysical Research, Earth Surface, doi: 10.1029/2018JF004885.  

Wang, Y., Wang, P., Ge, W.-P., Zhou, R.-J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Zhang, B., Zhang, J.-Z., Yuan, Z.-D., and Li, X.-F, 2019, Differential crustal deformation across the Cona-Oiga rift, southern Tibetan Plateau: Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 177, p. 177-185, doi: 10.1016/j.jseaes.2019.03.023. 

*Rimando, J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Costa, C.H., Owen, L.A., Cesta, J., Richard, A., and Gardini, C., 2019, Late Quaternary Activity of the La Rinconada Fault Zone, San Juan, Argentina: Tectonics. doi:10.1029/2018TC005321. 

*Wang, Y., Zhang, P.-Z., Schoenbohm, L.M., Zheng, W.-J., Zhang, B., Zhang, J.-J., Zheng, D.-W., Zhou, R.-J., and Tian, Y.- T., 2018, Two-phase exhumation along major shear zones in the SE Tibetan Plateau in the late Cenozoic: Tectonics, v. 37, p. 2675-2694, doi: 10.1029/2018TC004979.