DFG-Leibniz Center for Surface Process and Climate Studies





Mission Statement




Continuing Education







Taylor F. Schildgen, PhD

Universität Potsdam
Institut für Geowissenschaften
Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 24
Haus 27, Raum 2.32
D-14476 Golm
email: tschild @ uni-potsdam.de
Phone +49 (0) 331 977 5849
Fax +49 (0) 331 977 5700

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Present Research

I am interested in studying the topographic evolution of orogens, rates and processes of fluvial erosion, and understanding how landforms and landscapes evolve in diverse tectonic and climatic settings. In my research I typically apply GIS and remote sensing, low-temperature thermochronology, numerical modeling, and cosmogenic radionuclides. My current research is focused on understanding the Late Cenozoic uplift history of the Anatolian Plateau, using river incision history, 87Sr/86Sr stratigraphy, and structural mapping of the plateau margins.


2009 - 2010
Alexander von Humboldt research fellow in Geosciences at the University of Potsdam

Post-doctoral researcher at the University of Potsdam supported by the GFZ-Leibnitz Center for Surface Processes and Climate Studies

2002 - 2007
Ph.D. Thesis: Surface uplift, fluvial incision, and geodynamics of plateau evolution, from the western margin of the Central Andean Plateau. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

M.Sc. with Distinction in Geographical Information Systems. M.Sc. Thesis: Exploring effects of snow cover on cosmogenic exposure age dating, Cairngorms, Scotland. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

1996 - 2000
B.A. in Geosciences with Highest Honors, summa cum laude. Senior Honors Thesis: Fire and Ice: The Geomorphic History of Middle Boulder Creek as Determined by Isotopic Dating Techniques, Colorado Front Range. Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts, USA.


Schildgen, TF, Balco, G, and Shuster, DA, in review, Canyon incision and knickpoint propagation recorded by apatite 4He/3He thermochronometry, Earth and Planetary Science Letters.

Schildgen, TF, Ehlers, TA, Whipp Jr., D, van Soest, M, Whipple, KX, and Hodges, KV, in press, Quantifying the timing and magnitude of canyon incision and Andean Plateau surface uplift, southwest Peru: A thermochronometer and numerical modeling approach, Journal of Geophysical Research – Earth Surface.

Schildgen, TF, Hodges, KV, Whipple, KX, Pringle, MS, van Soest, MC, and Cornell, K, 2009, Late Cenozoic structural and tectonic development of the western margin of the central Andean Plateau in southwest Peru, Tectonics, v. 28, TC4007, doi:10.1029/2008TC002403.

Ouimet, WB, Whipple, KX, Crosby, B, Johnson, J, and Schildgen, T, 2008, Epigenetic gorges in actively incising landscapes, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, DOI: 10.1002/ESP1650.

Schildgen, TF, Hodges, KV, Whipple, KX, Reiners, PW, and Pringle, MS, 2007, Uplift of the western margin of the Andean plateau revealed from canyon incision history, southern Peru, Geology, v. 35, no. 6, p. 523-526, doi: 10.1130/G23532A.1.

Schildgen, TF, Purves, RS, and Phillips, WM, 2005, Simulation of snow shielding corrections for cosmogenic nuclide surface exposure studies, Geomorphology, v. 64 no. 1-2, 67-85.

Hodges, KV, Wobus C, Ruhl K, Schildgen, T, Whipple K, 2004, Quaternary deformation, river steepening, and heavy precipitation at the front of the Higher Himalayan ranges, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 220, no. 3-4, p. 379-389.

Dethier, DP, Benedict, JB, Birkeland, PW, Caine, N, Davis, PT, Madole, RF, Patterson, PE, Price, AB, Schildgen, TF, Shroba, RR, 2003, Quaternary stratigraphy, geomorphology, soils, and alpine archaeology in an alpine-to-plains transect, Colorado Front Range, in Easterbrook, DJ, Quaternary geology of the United States; INQUA 2003 field guide volume, Desert Research Institute, Reno, p. 81-104.

Schildgen, TF, Dethier, DP, Bierman, P, and Caffee, M, 2002, 26Al and 10Be dating of late Pleistocene and Holocene fill terraces: a record of glacial and non-glacial fluvial deposition and incision, Colorado Front Range, Earth Surface Processes and Landforms, v. 27, p. 773-787.

Cox, R, Atkinson, RK, Bear, BR, Chokel, CB, Comstock, JC, Gutmann, ED, Interess, LB, Schildgen, TF, Teplitzky, SJ, and Willis, MP, 2000, Changes in a fringing reef complex over a thirty-year period: coral loss and lagoon infilling at Mary Creek, St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands, Bulletin of Marine Science, v. 66, no. 1, p. 269-277.


EAPS    Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences Department at MIT