apl. Prof. Edward Sobel, PhD

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Universität Potsdam,
Institut für Geowissenschaften

apl. Prof. Edward Sobel, PhD
Haus 27, Raum 1.31

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 24-25
14476 Potsdam-Golm
E-Mail:
ed@geo.uni-potsdam.de
Telefon:
+49 331 977 5855
Fax:
+49 331 977 5700
apl. Prof. Edward Sobel , PhD

 

  • Biografie
  • Forschung
  • Lehre
  • Publikationen

Biografie

1985
BA in Geology, Cornell University, Geology Department, Ithaca, NY, USA.
1995
PhD in Geology, Stanford University, Geology Department, Stanford, CA, USA. "Basin analysis and apatite fission-track thermochronology of the Jurassic - Paleogene southwestern Tarim Basin, NW China"
1995-1996
Postdoctoral study, CNRS Ura 10, Magmas et Volcans, Clermont-Ferrand, France: 40Ar/39Ar and fission track thermochronologic studies of the Altyn Tagh and Qilian Shan ranges in Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces, northwest China.
1996-present
Institut für Geowissenschaften, Universität Potsdam. Leader of fission track thermochronology laboratory.
2007
Habilitation at Universität Potsdam; Doctor rerum naturalium habilitatus, "Interactions between deformation, exhumation, and climate in arid regions constrained by apatite fission-track analysis"
2008
Endeavour Research Fellowship: January - June 2008, University of Melbourne, Australia. "Using U-Th/He dating of apatite to examine the timing of final exhumation of the Kyrgyz Tien Shan and thereby determine the contribution of climatically-enhanced erosion"
2008
Privat Dozent at Universität Potsdam
2011
apl Professor at Universität Potsdam

Forschung

The major theme that I have been pursuing in my research is constraining deformation and exhumation histories by using apatite fission-track thermochronology combined with geologic, topographic and climatic data with the aim of understanding the underlying tectonic history and the interactions between tectonics and surface processes. In a larger sense, my research has focused on basin analysis, sedimentology, thermochronology, regional tectonics and near surface processes, primarily in Central Asia and the Central Andes. At present, my two largest projects are in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan and the Chinese Pamir.

Ed is responsible for running the fission-track laboratory, the (U-Th-Sm)/He laboratory and the mineral separation laboratories.

Lehre

Specific courses currently taught include Geochronology (with Masafumi Sudo and Rolf Romer), From Source to Sink: Sedimentary Systems in Orogens and Rifts (with Taylor Schildgen). Coordinator for the colloquium module.

Publikationen

Sobczyk, A., Sobel, E.R., Georgieva, V., 2019, Meso-Cenozoic cooling and exhumation history of the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (Sudetes, NE Bohemian Massif, Central Europe): Insights from apatite fission-track thermochronometry: Terra Nova, https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12449

Payrola, P., del Papa, C., Aramayo, A., Pingel, H., Hongn, F., Sobel, S., Zeilinger, G., Strecker, M., Zapata, S., Cottle, J., Salado Paz, N., Glodny, J., in press, Episodic out-of-sequence deformation promoted by Cenozoic fault reactivation in NW Argentina: Tectonophysics.

Zapata, S., Sobel, E.R., Del Papa, C., Jelinek, .R., and Glodny, J., 2019, Using a paleosurface to constrain low-temperature thermochronological data: Tectonic Evolution of the Cuevas range, Central Andes: Tectonics, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019TC005887

Najman Y., Millar, I., Sobel, E.R., Garzanti, E., Govin, G., Stockli, D.F., Ando, S., Vezzoli, G., 2019, The exhumation of the Indo-Burman Ranges, Myanmar: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115948

Parra, M., Echeverri, S., Patiño, A.M., Ramírez, J.C., Mora, A., Sobel, E.R., Almendral, A. & Pardo–Trujillo, A., 2019. Cenozoic evolution of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. In: Gómez, J. & Mateus–Zabala, D. (editors), The Geology of Colombia, Volume 3 Paleogene – Neogene. Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Publicaciones Geológicas Especiales 37, p. 259–297. Bogotá. https://doi.org/10.32685/pub.esp.37.2019.07

Kmet, L.V., Terbishalieva, B., Sobel, E., Seitkaziev, N. О., Mikolaichuk, A.V., 2019. Major, trace elements and U/Pb isotope dating age of the Precambrian deposits in the eastern part of the Djetym range, Middle Tien-Shan: Journal of Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov, n. 2 (50), p. 108 - 126 (in Russian with English abstract).

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

Patiño, A. M., Parra, M., Ramírez, J. C., Sobel, E. R., Glodny, J., Almendral, A., & Echeverri, S., 2019. Thermochronological constraints on Cenozoic exhumation along the southern Caribbean: The Santa Marta range, northern Colombia. In Andean Tectonics, pp. 103-132, Elsevier.

Zapata, S.H., Sobel, E.R., Del Papa, C., Muruaga, C., and Zhou, R., 2019. Miocene fragmentation of the Central Andean foreland basins between 26 and 28°S: Journal of South American Earth Sciences. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2019.102238

Chen, X., Chen, H., Sobel, E.R., Lin, X., Cheng, X., Yan, J. and Yang, S., 2019, Convergence of the Pamir and the South Tian Shan in the late Cenozoic: Insights from provenance analysis in the Wuheshalu section at the convergence area: Lithosphere, 17 p., doi.org/10.1130/L1028.1

Zhang, P., Najman Y., Mei, L.F., Millar, I., Sobel, E. Carter, A., Barfod, D., Dhuime, B., Garzanti, E., Govin, G., Vezzoli, G., Hu, .L., 2019, Palaeodrainage evolution of the large rivers of East Asia, and Himalayan-Tibet tectonics: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 192, p. 601-630, doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.003.

Georgieva., V., Gallagher., K., Sobczyk, Sobel., E.R., Schildgen, T.F., Ehlers, T.A., Strecker, M.R., 2019, Effects of slab-window, alkaline volcanism, and glaciation on thermochronometer cooling histories, Patagonian Andes: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 511, p.164–176, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.01.030

Blayney, T., Dupont-Nivet, G., Najman, Y., Proust, J.P., Meijer, N., Roperch, P., Sobel, E.R., Miller, I., Guo, Zh.J., 2019, The tectonic evolution of the Pamir recorded in the western Tarim Basin (China): sedimentologic and magnetostratigraphic analyses of the Aertashi section: Tectonics, v. 38, p. 492-515, doi.org/10.1029/2018TC005146

Ghani⁠, H., Zeilinger⁠, G., Sobel⁠, E.R., and Heidarzadeh, G., 2018, Structural variation within the Himalayan fold and thrust belt: A case study from the Kohat-Potwar Fold Thrust Belt of Pakistan: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 116, p. 34-46, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.022

Eugster, P., Thiede, R.C., Scherler, D., Stübner, K., Sobel, E.R., and Strecker, M.R., 2018, Segmentation of the Main Himalayan Thrust revealed by low-temperature thermochronometry in the western Indian Himalaya, Tectonics, v. 37, p. 2710-2726, doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004752

Ballato, P., Parra, M., Schildgen, T. F., Dunkl, I., Yıldırım, C., Özsayın, E., Sobel., E.R., Echtler, H., and Strecker, M.R., 2018, Multiple exhumation phases in the Central Pontides (N Turkey): New temporal constraints on major geodynamic changes associated with the closure of the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 1831–1857. doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004808

Zhuang, G.Z., Johnstone, S., Hourigan, J., Ritts, B., Robinson, A., and Sobel, E.R., 2018, Understanding the geologic evolution of Northern Tibetan Plateau with multiple thermochronometers: Gondwana Research, v. 58, p. 195-210, doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2018.02.014

León, S., Cardona, A., Parra, M., Sobel, E. R., Jaramillo, J. S., Glodny, J., Valencia, V.A., Chew, D., Montes, C., Posada, G., Monsalve, G., and Pardo-Trujillo, A., 2018, Transition from collisional to subduction-related regimes: An example from Neogene Panama-Nazca-South America interactions. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 119-139.  doi.org/10.1002/2017TC004785

Brunet, M-F., McCann, T., and Sobel, E. R.,  editors, 2017, Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, 605 p., doi.org/10.1144/SP427

Brunet, M-F., Sobel, E. R., and McCann, T., 2017, Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the western Tien Shan Range, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28, p. 1-17, doi: 10.1144/SP427.17.

Behyari, M., Mohajjel, M., Sobel, E.R., Rezaeian, M., Moayyed, M., Schmidt, A., 2017, Analysis of exhumation history in Misho Mountains, NW Iran: Insights from structural and apatite fission track Data, Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palantologie, v. 283/3, p. 291-308.

Gebhardt, A. C., Naudts, L., De Mol, L., Klerkx, J., Abdrakhmatov, K., Sobel, E. R., and De Batist, M., 2017, An extended history of high-amplitude lake-level changes in tectonically active Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), as revealed by high-resolution seismic reflection data. Climate of the Past, v. 13, p. 73–92, doi:10.5194/cp-13-73-2017.

Kröner, A., Alexeiev, D.V., Kovach, V.P., Rojas-Agramonte, Y., Tretyakov, A.A., Mikolaichuk, A.V., Xie, H., Sobel, E.R., 2017, Zircon ages, geochemistry and Nd isotopic systematics for the Palaeoproterozoic 2.3–1.8 Ga Kuilyu Complex, East Kyrgyzstan – The oldest continental basement fragment in the Tianshan orogenic belt. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 135, p. 122–135.

Bande, A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Schmidt, A. and Stockli, D.F., 2017, Exhumation history of the western Kyrgyz Tien Shan: implications for intramontane basin formation. Tectonics, v. 36, p. 163–180, doi:10.1002/2016TC004284.

Zhou, R., Schoennohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., Davis, D. W., and Glodny, J. 2017. New constraints on orogenic models of the southern Central Andean Plateau: Cenozoic basin evolution and bedrock exhumation. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, no. 1/2, p. 152–170; doi: 10.1130/B31384.1

Blayney, T., Najman, Y., Dupont-Nivet, G., Carter, A., Miller, I., Garzanti, E., Sobel, E.R., Rittner, M., Ando, S., Guo, Zh.J., Vezzoli, G., 2016, Indentation of the Pamirs with respect to the northern margin of Tibet: constraints from the Tarim Basin sedimentary record: Tectonics, v. 35, p. 2345–2369, doi: 10.1002/2016TC004222.

Zhou, R., Schoennohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., Carrapa, B.,  and Davis, D. W., 2016. Sedimentary record of regional deformation and dynamics of the thick-skinned southern Puna Plateau, central Andes (26-27°S): Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 433, p. 317-325, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.11.012.

Macaulay, E., Sobel, E., Mikolaichuk, A., Wack, M., Gilder, S., Mulch, A., Fortuna, A., Hynek, S., Apayarov, F., 2016, The sedimentary record of the Issyk Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan: climatic and tectonic inferences: Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12098.

Torres Acosta, V., Bande, A., Sobel, E. R., Parra, M., Schildgen, T.F., Stuart, F. Strecker, M. R., 2015, Cenozoic extension in the Kenya Rift from low-temperature thermochronology: Links to diachronous spatiotemporal evolution of rifting in East Africa: Tectonics, v. 34, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003949

Bande, A., Radjabov, Sh., Sobel, E. R., and Sim, T., 2015, Cenozoic palaeoenvironmental and tectonic controls of the northern Fergana basin evolution, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28.

Rasskazov, S.V., Chuvashova, I.S., Mikolaichuk, A.V., Sobel, E.R., Yasnygina, T.A., Fefelov, N.N., Saranina, E.V., 2015, Lateral Change of Sources for the Cretaceous–Paleogene Magmatism of the Tian Shan: Petrology, v. 23, No. 3, p. 281–308 (translated from Russian).

Bande, A., Sobel, E. R., Mikolaichuk, A., and Torres, A. V., 2015, Talas-Fergana Fault Cenozoic timing of deformation and its relation to Pamir indentation, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28, p. 57-80, doi: 10.1144/SP427.1.

Carrapa, B., Mustapha, F. S., Cosca, M., Gehrels, G., Schoenbohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., DeCelles, P. G., Russell, J. and Goodman, P., 2014, Multisystem dating of modern river detritus from Tajikistan and China: Implications for crustal evolution and exhumation of the Pamir: Lithosphere, doi: 10.1130/L360.1.

Schoenbohm, L.M., Chen, J., Stutz, J., Sobel, E.R., Thiede, R.C., Kirby, B., Strecker, M.R., 2014, Glacial morphology in the Chinese Pamir: Connections among climate, erosion, topography, lithology and exhumation: Geomorphology, v. 221, p. 1–17, doi: /10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.023.

Wack, M.R., Gilder, S.A., Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Charreau, J., and Mikolaichuk, A., 2014, Cenozoic magnetostratigraphy and rock magnetism of the southern Issyk-Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan: Tectonophysics. v. 629, p. 14-26, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.030.

Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Kohn, B., and Stuart, F.M., 2014, Cenozoic deformation and exhumation history of the Central Kyrgyz Tien Shan: Tectonics, v. 33, p. 135–165, doi:10.1002/2013TC003376.

Carrapa, B., Reyes-Bywater, S., Safipour, R., Sobel, E.R., Schoenbohm, L.M., DeCelles, P.G., Reiners, P., and Stockli, D., 2014, The effect of inherited paleotopography on exhumation of the Central Andes of NW Argentina: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, p. 66-77, doi:10.1130/B30844.1.

Thiede, R.C., Sobel, E.R., Chen J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M., and Strecker, M.R., 2013, Late Cenozoic extension and crustal doming in the India-Eurasia collision zone: New thermochronologic constraints from the NE Pamir. Tectonics, v. 32, p. 763–779, doi:10.1002/tect.20050.

Löbens, S., Sobel, E.R., Bense, F.A., Wemmer, K., Dunkl, I., and Siegesmund, S., 2013, Refined exhumation history of the Northern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina: Tectonics, v. 32, p. 453–472, doi:10.1002/tect.20038.

Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Landgraf, A., Kohn, B., and Stuart, F., 2013, Thermochronologic insight into Late Cenozoic deformation in the basement-cored Terskey Range, Kyrgyz Tien Shan. Tectonics, v. 32, p. 487–500, doi:10.1002/tect.20040.

Sobel, E.R., Chen, J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Thiede, R. Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M. and Strecker, M.R., 2013, Oceanic-style subduction controls late Cenozoic deformation of the Northern Pamir Orogen. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 363, p. 204-218.

Wilke, F. D. H., Sobel, E. R., O´Brien, P. J., Stockli, D. F., 2012, Apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He ages from the Higher Himalayan Crystallines, Kaghan Valley, Pakistan: implications for an Eocene Plateau and Oligocene to Pliocene exhumation. Journal Asian Earth Sciences, v. 59, p. 14-23.

Strecker, M. R., Hilley, G. E., Bookhagen, B., and Sobel, E. R., 2012, Structural, geomorphic and depositional characteristics of contiguous and broken foreland basins: examples from the eastern flanks of the central Andes in Bolivia and NW Argentina, in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Recent Advances, edited by C. J. Busby and A. Azor, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 508-521.

Sobel, E.R., Schoenbohm, L.M., Chen, J., Thiede, R. Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M. and Strecker, M.R., 2011, Late Miocene–Pliocene deceleration of dextral slip between Pamir and Tarim: Implications for Pamir orogenesis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 304, p. 369-378.

Deeken, A., Thiede, R.T., Sobel, E.R., Hourigan, J.K.  and Strecker, M.R. 2011, Exhumational variability within the Himalaya of northwest India. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 305, p. 103-114.

Sobel., E.R. and Seward, D., 2010, Influence of etching conditions on apatite fission-track etch pit diameter, Chemical Geology, v. 271, p. 59-69, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.12.012.

Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R., Zeilinger, G., Jaramillo, C., Da Silva, S.F., and Blanco, M., 2010, The eastern foothills of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia: An example of multiple factors controlling structural styles and active tectonics: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1846-1864, doi: 10.1130/B30033.1.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Hain, M.P., Hilley, G.E., Mortimer, E., Schoenbohm, L., and Sobel, E.R., 2009, Does the topographic distribution of the central Andean Puna Plateau result from climatic or geodynamic processes? Geology, v. 37, p. 643–646; doi: 10.1130/G25545A.1.

Parra, M., Mora, A., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., and González, R., 2009, Episodic orogenic front migration in the northern Andes: Constraints from low-temperature thermochronology in the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia: Tectonics, v. 28, TC4004, doi:10.1029/2008TC002423.

Parra, M., Mora, A., Jaramillo, C., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R., Quiroz, L.I., Rueda, M., and Torres, V., 2009, Orogenic advance in the northern Andes: evidence from the Oligo-Miocene sedimentary record of the Medina Basin, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, p.780-800 doi:10.1130/B26257.1.

Murrell, G.R., Sobel, E.R., Carrapa, B., and Andriessen, P., 2009, Calibration and comparison of etching and thermal modeling techniques for apatite fission track thermochronology:  in Lisker, F., Ventura, B. and Glasmacher, U.A. (eds), Thermochronological Methods: From Palaeotemperature  Constraints to Landscape Evolution Models. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 324, p. 73-85. DOI: 10.1144/SP324.6.

Ritts, B.D., Yue, Y.J., Graham, S.A., Sobel., E.R., Abbinjk, O., and Stockli, D., 2008, From sea level to high elevation in 15 Million Years: Uplift history of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin in the Altun Shan, American Journal of Science, v. 308, no. 5, p. 657-678.

Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M., Sobel, E.R., Hooghiemstra, H., Torres, V., Vallejo, J., 2008, Climate forcing of asymmetric orogenic evolution in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, p. 930-949, doi: 10.1130/B26186.

Burbank, D. W., Brewer, I. D., Sobel, E. R., and Bullen, M. E., 2007, Single-crystal dating and the detrital record of orogenesis, in Nichols, G., Williams, E., and Paola, C., eds., Sedimentary Processes, Environments and Basins, Volume 38: Special Publication International Association of Sedimentologists, Blackwell, p. 251-283.

Sobel, E. R., 2007, Interactions between deformation, exhumation, and climate in arid regions constrained by apatite fission-track analysis. Habilitation thesis, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 239 p.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R.N., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Hilley, G.E., Sobel, E.R., and Trauth, M.H., 2007, Tectonics and Climate of the Southern Central Andes: Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci, v. 35, p. 747–87.

Valli, F., Arnaud, N., Leloup, P.H., Sobel, E.R., Maheo, G., Lacassin, R., Guillot, S., Li, H., and Tapponnier, P., 2007, 2007, Twenty million years of continuous deformation along the Karakorum fault, western Tibet: A thermochronological analysis: Tectonics, v. 26, 26 p. doi:10.1029/2005TC001913.

Leloup, P.H., Arnaud, N., Lacassin, R., and Sobel, E.R., 2007, Reply to comment by Y. Rolland et al. on “Alpine thermal and structural evolution of the highest external crystalline massif: The Mont Blanc”: Tectonics, v. 26, 6 p. TC2016, 10.1029/2006TC002022.

Mortimer, E., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E.R., Sosa Gomez, J., and Strecker, M.R., 2007, Fragmentation of a foreland basin in response to out-of-sequence basement uplifts and structural reactivation: El Cajón–Campo del Arenal basin, NW Argentina: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 637–65.

Ege, H., Sobel, E.R., Scheuber, E., and Jacobshagen, V., 2007, Exhumation history of the southern Altiplano plateau (southern Bolivia) constrained by apatite fission-track thermochronology: Tectonics, v. 26, 24 p. TC1004, 10.1029/2005TC001869.

Carrapa, B., Strecker, M.R., and Sobel, E.R., 2006, Cenozoic orogenic growth in the Central Andes:  Evidence from sediment provenance and apatite fission track thermochronology along the southernmost Puna Plateau margin (NW Argentina), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 247, p. 82-100.

Sobel, E.R., Chen, J., and Heermance, R.V., 2006, Late Oligocene - Early Miocene initiation of shortening in the Southwestern Chinese Tian Shan: Implications for Neogene shortening rate variations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 247, p. 70-81.

Deeken, A., Sobel, E.R., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Riller, U. and Strecker, M.R., 2006, Construction of the southern Eastern Cordillera, NW-Argentina: from early Cretaceous extension to middle Miocene shortening, constrained by AFT-thermochronometry, Tectonics, v. 25, 21 p. TC6003, doi:10.1029/2005TC001894.

Alonso, R.N., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Hilley, G.E., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E. R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., 2006, Tectonics, climate, and landscape evolution of the southern Central Andes: The Argentine Puna Plateau and adjacent Regions between 22 and 28° S lat: in Oncken, O., Chong, G., Franz, G., Giese, P., Götze, H.-J., Ramos, V., Strecker, M., and Wigger, P., editors, The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny: Frontiers in Earth Sciences, v. 1, Springer Verlag, p. 265-283.

Blisniuk, P.M., Stern, L.A., Chamberlain, C.P., Zeitler, P.Z., Ramos, V.A., Haschke, M., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R. and Warkus, F., 2006, Links between mountain uplift, climate, and surface processes in the southern Patagonian Andes,, in Oncken, O., Chong, G., Franz, G., Giese, P., Götze, H.-J., Ramos, V., Strecker, M., and Wigger, P., editors, The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny: Frontiers in Earth Sciences, v. 1, Springer Verlag, p. 429-440.

Coutand, I., Carrapa, B., Deeken, A., Schmitt, A.K., Sobel, E.R., and Strecker, M.R., 2006, Propagation of orographic barriers along an active range front: insights from sandstone petrography and detrital apatite fission-track thermochronology in the intramontaneAngastaco basin, NW Argentina, Basin Research, v. 18, p. 1-26, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2006.00283.x.

Sobel, E. R., Oskin, M., Burbank, D., and Mikolaichuk, A., 2006, Exhumation of basement-cored uplifts: Example of the Kyrgyz Range quantified with apatite fission-track thermochronology, Tectonics, v. 25, 17 p. TC2008, doi:10.1029/2005TC001809.

Thiede, R.C., Arrowsmith, J.R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., 2006, Dome formation and extension in the Tethyan Himalaya,  Leo Pargil, Northwest India, GSA Bulletin, v. 118, no. 5/6, p. 635-650, doi: 10.1130/B25872.1.

Carrapa, B., Adelmann, D., Hilley, G. E.Mortimer, E., Sobel, E. R. and Strecker, M. R., 2005, Oligocene range uplift and development of plateau morphology in the southern Central Andes, Tectonics, v. 24, 19 p. TC4011, doi:10.1029/2004TC001762.

Leloup, P. H., Arnaud, N., Sobel, E. R. and Lacassin, R., 2005, Timing and mode of exhumation of the highest alpine range, the Mt Blanc massif, Tectonics, v. 24, 26 p. TC4002, doi:10.1029/2004TC001676.

Thiede, R. C., Arrowsmith, J. R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M., Sobel, E. R., and Strecker, M. R., 2005, From tectonically to erosionally controlled development of the Himalayan orogen, Geology, v. 33, p. 689-692; doi: 10.1130/G21483.1.

Thiede, R. C., Bookhagen, B., Arrowsmith, J. R., Sobel, E. R., and Strecker, M. R., 2004, Climate control on rapid exhumation along the Southern Himalayan Front: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 222, p. 791-806.

Ege, H., Sobel, E., Jacobshagen, V., Scheuber, E. and Mertmann, D., 2003, Exhumation history of the Central Andes of southern Bolivia by apatite fission track dating in Suárez-Soruco, R. et al., ed., Revista Técnica de Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Cochabamba, Bolivia, v. 21, p. 165-172.

Sobel, E. R. and Strecker, M. R., 2003, Uplift, exhumation, and precipitation: Tectonic and climatic control of Late Cenozoic landscape evolution in the northern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina: Basin Research, v. 15, 21 p. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2003.00214.x.

Sobel, E. R., Hilley, G.E., and Strecker, M.R., 2003, Formation of internally-drained contractional basins by aridity-limited bedrock incision: JGR - Solid Earth, v. 108, 23 p. 2344, doi:10.1029/2002JB001883.

Chen, J., Burbank, D. W., Scharer, K. M., Sobel, E., Yin, J., Rubin, C., and Zhao, R., 2002, Magnetostratigraphy of the Pliocene-Pleistocene strata in the southwestern Chinese Tian Shan, and rates of Pleistocene folding and thrusting: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 195, p. 113-130.

Sobel, E. R., Arnaud, N., Jolivet, M., Ritts, B. D., and Brunel, M., 2001, Jurassic to Cenozoic exhumation history of the Altyn Tagh range, northwest China constrained by 40Ar/39Ar and apatite fission track thermochronology in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 247-267.

Delville, N., Arnaud, N., Montel, J. M., Roger, F., Brunel, M., Tapponnier, P., and Sobel, E., 2001, Paleozoic to Cenozoic deformation along the Altyn-Tagh Fault in the Altun Shan massif area, Eastern Qilian Shan, northeastern  Tibet China in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 269-292.

Dumitru, T. A., Zhou, D., Chang, E., Graham, S. A., Hendrix, M. S., Sobel, E. R., and Carroll, A. R., 2001, Uplift, exhumation, and deformation in the Chinese Tian Shan in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 71-99.

Sobel, E. R., and Arnaud, N., 2000, Cretaceous - Paleogene basaltic rocks of the Tuyon basin, NW China and the Kyrgyz Tian Shan: the trace of a small plume, Lithos, v. 50, p. 191-215.

Sobel, E., Appel, E., Strecker, M., Ratschbacher, L., and Blisniuk, P., editors, 1999, 14th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop: Terra Nostra, Schriften der Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, 191p.

Sobel, E. R., and Arnaud, N., 1999, A possible middle Paleozoic suture in the Altyn Tagh, NW China, Tectonics, v. 18, p. 64-74.

Sobel, E. R., 1999, Basin Analysis of the Jurassic - Lower Cretaceous southwest Tarim basin, NW China, GSA Bulletin, v. 111., n. 5, 709-724.

Sobel, E. R., and Dumitru, T. A., 1997, Exhumation of the margins of the western Tarim basin during the Himalayan orogeny: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 5043-5064.

Sobel, E. R., 1995, Basin analysis and apatite fission-track thermochronology of the Jurassic - Paleogene southwestern Tarim Basin, NW China, PhD thesis, Stanford University, 308 p.

Biografie

1985
BA in Geology, Cornell University, Geology Department, Ithaca, NY, USA.
1995
PhD in Geology, Stanford University, Geology Department, Stanford, CA, USA. "Basin analysis and apatite fission-track thermochronology of the Jurassic - Paleogene southwestern Tarim Basin, NW China"
1995-1996
Postdoctoral study, CNRS Ura 10, Magmas et Volcans, Clermont-Ferrand, France: 40Ar/39Ar and fission track thermochronologic studies of the Altyn Tagh and Qilian Shan ranges in Qinghai and Xinjiang provinces, northwest China.
1996-present
Institut für Geowissenschaften, Universität Potsdam. Leader of fission track thermochronology laboratory.
2007
Habilitation at Universität Potsdam; Doctor rerum naturalium habilitatus, "Interactions between deformation, exhumation, and climate in arid regions constrained by apatite fission-track analysis"
2008
Endeavour Research Fellowship: January - June 2008, University of Melbourne, Australia. "Using U-Th/He dating of apatite to examine the timing of final exhumation of the Kyrgyz Tien Shan and thereby determine the contribution of climatically-enhanced erosion"
2008
Privat Dozent at Universität Potsdam
2011
apl Professor at Universität Potsdam

Forschung

The major theme that I have been pursuing in my research is constraining deformation and exhumation histories by using apatite fission-track thermochronology combined with geologic, topographic and climatic data with the aim of understanding the underlying tectonic history and the interactions between tectonics and surface processes. In a larger sense, my research has focused on basin analysis, sedimentology, thermochronology, regional tectonics and near surface processes, primarily in Central Asia and the Central Andes. At present, my two largest projects are in the Kyrgyz Tien Shan and the Chinese Pamir.

Ed is responsible for running the fission-track laboratory, the (U-Th-Sm)/He laboratory and the mineral separation laboratories.

Lehre

Specific courses currently taught include Geochronology (with Masafumi Sudo and Rolf Romer), From Source to Sink: Sedimentary Systems in Orogens and Rifts (with Taylor Schildgen). Coordinator for the colloquium module.

Publikationen

Sobczyk, A., Sobel, E.R., Georgieva, V., 2019, Meso-Cenozoic cooling and exhumation history of the Orlica-Śnieżnik Dome (Sudetes, NE Bohemian Massif, Central Europe): Insights from apatite fission-track thermochronometry: Terra Nova, https://doi.org/10.1111/ter.12449

Payrola, P., del Papa, C., Aramayo, A., Pingel, H., Hongn, F., Sobel, S., Zeilinger, G., Strecker, M., Zapata, S., Cottle, J., Salado Paz, N., Glodny, J., in press, Episodic out-of-sequence deformation promoted by Cenozoic fault reactivation in NW Argentina: Tectonophysics.

Zapata, S., Sobel, E.R., Del Papa, C., Jelinek, .R., and Glodny, J., 2019, Using a paleosurface to constrain low-temperature thermochronological data: Tectonic Evolution of the Cuevas range, Central Andes: Tectonics, https://doi.org/10.1029/2019TC005887

Najman Y., Millar, I., Sobel, E.R., Garzanti, E., Govin, G., Stockli, D.F., Ando, S., Vezzoli, G., 2019, The exhumation of the Indo-Burman Ranges, Myanmar: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115948

Parra, M., Echeverri, S., Patiño, A.M., Ramírez, J.C., Mora, A., Sobel, E.R., Almendral, A. & Pardo–Trujillo, A., 2019. Cenozoic evolution of the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta, Colombia. In: Gómez, J. & Mateus–Zabala, D. (editors), The Geology of Colombia, Volume 3 Paleogene – Neogene. Servicio Geológico Colombiano, Publicaciones Geológicas Especiales 37, p. 259–297. Bogotá. https://doi.org/10.32685/pub.esp.37.2019.07

Kmet, L.V., Terbishalieva, B., Sobel, E., Seitkaziev, N. О., Mikolaichuk, A.V., 2019. Major, trace elements and U/Pb isotope dating age of the Precambrian deposits in the eastern part of the Djetym range, Middle Tien-Shan: Journal of Kyrgyz State Technical University named after I. Razzakov, n. 2 (50), p. 108 - 126 (in Russian with English abstract).

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

Patiño, A. M., Parra, M., Ramírez, J. C., Sobel, E. R., Glodny, J., Almendral, A., & Echeverri, S., 2019. Thermochronological constraints on Cenozoic exhumation along the southern Caribbean: The Santa Marta range, northern Colombia. In Andean Tectonics, pp. 103-132, Elsevier.

Zapata, S.H., Sobel, E.R., Del Papa, C., Muruaga, C., and Zhou, R., 2019. Miocene fragmentation of the Central Andean foreland basins between 26 and 28°S: Journal of South American Earth Sciences. doi.org/10.1016/j.jsames.2019.102238

Chen, X., Chen, H., Sobel, E.R., Lin, X., Cheng, X., Yan, J. and Yang, S., 2019, Convergence of the Pamir and the South Tian Shan in the late Cenozoic: Insights from provenance analysis in the Wuheshalu section at the convergence area: Lithosphere, 17 p., doi.org/10.1130/L1028.1

Zhang, P., Najman Y., Mei, L.F., Millar, I., Sobel, E. Carter, A., Barfod, D., Dhuime, B., Garzanti, E., Govin, G., Vezzoli, G., Hu, .L., 2019, Palaeodrainage evolution of the large rivers of East Asia, and Himalayan-Tibet tectonics: Earth-Science Reviews, v. 192, p. 601-630, doi.org/10.1016/j.earscirev.2019.02.003.

Georgieva., V., Gallagher., K., Sobczyk, Sobel., E.R., Schildgen, T.F., Ehlers, T.A., Strecker, M.R., 2019, Effects of slab-window, alkaline volcanism, and glaciation on thermochronometer cooling histories, Patagonian Andes: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 511, p.164–176, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.01.030

Blayney, T., Dupont-Nivet, G., Najman, Y., Proust, J.P., Meijer, N., Roperch, P., Sobel, E.R., Miller, I., Guo, Zh.J., 2019, The tectonic evolution of the Pamir recorded in the western Tarim Basin (China): sedimentologic and magnetostratigraphic analyses of the Aertashi section: Tectonics, v. 38, p. 492-515, doi.org/10.1029/2018TC005146

Ghani⁠, H., Zeilinger⁠, G., Sobel⁠, E.R., and Heidarzadeh, G., 2018, Structural variation within the Himalayan fold and thrust belt: A case study from the Kohat-Potwar Fold Thrust Belt of Pakistan: Journal of Structural Geology, v. 116, p. 34-46, doi.org/10.1016/j.jsg.2018.07.022

Eugster, P., Thiede, R.C., Scherler, D., Stübner, K., Sobel, E.R., and Strecker, M.R., 2018, Segmentation of the Main Himalayan Thrust revealed by low-temperature thermochronometry in the western Indian Himalaya, Tectonics, v. 37, p. 2710-2726, doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004752

Ballato, P., Parra, M., Schildgen, T. F., Dunkl, I., Yıldırım, C., Özsayın, E., Sobel., E.R., Echtler, H., and Strecker, M.R., 2018, Multiple exhumation phases in the Central Pontides (N Turkey): New temporal constraints on major geodynamic changes associated with the closure of the Neo-Tethys Ocean. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 1831–1857. doi.org/10.1029/2017TC004808

Zhuang, G.Z., Johnstone, S., Hourigan, J., Ritts, B., Robinson, A., and Sobel, E.R., 2018, Understanding the geologic evolution of Northern Tibetan Plateau with multiple thermochronometers: Gondwana Research, v. 58, p. 195-210, doi.org/10.1016/j.gr.2018.02.014

León, S., Cardona, A., Parra, M., Sobel, E. R., Jaramillo, J. S., Glodny, J., Valencia, V.A., Chew, D., Montes, C., Posada, G., Monsalve, G., and Pardo-Trujillo, A., 2018, Transition from collisional to subduction-related regimes: An example from Neogene Panama-Nazca-South America interactions. Tectonics, v. 37, p. 119-139.  doi.org/10.1002/2017TC004785

Brunet, M-F., McCann, T., and Sobel, E. R.,  editors, 2017, Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, 605 p., doi.org/10.1144/SP427

Brunet, M-F., Sobel, E. R., and McCann, T., 2017, Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the western Tien Shan Range, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28, p. 1-17, doi: 10.1144/SP427.17.

Behyari, M., Mohajjel, M., Sobel, E.R., Rezaeian, M., Moayyed, M., Schmidt, A., 2017, Analysis of exhumation history in Misho Mountains, NW Iran: Insights from structural and apatite fission track Data, Neues Jahrbuch fur Geologie und Palantologie, v. 283/3, p. 291-308.

Gebhardt, A. C., Naudts, L., De Mol, L., Klerkx, J., Abdrakhmatov, K., Sobel, E. R., and De Batist, M., 2017, An extended history of high-amplitude lake-level changes in tectonically active Lake Issyk-Kul (Kyrgyzstan), as revealed by high-resolution seismic reflection data. Climate of the Past, v. 13, p. 73–92, doi:10.5194/cp-13-73-2017.

Kröner, A., Alexeiev, D.V., Kovach, V.P., Rojas-Agramonte, Y., Tretyakov, A.A., Mikolaichuk, A.V., Xie, H., Sobel, E.R., 2017, Zircon ages, geochemistry and Nd isotopic systematics for the Palaeoproterozoic 2.3–1.8 Ga Kuilyu Complex, East Kyrgyzstan – The oldest continental basement fragment in the Tianshan orogenic belt. Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, v. 135, p. 122–135.

Bande, A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Schmidt, A. and Stockli, D.F., 2017, Exhumation history of the western Kyrgyz Tien Shan: implications for intramontane basin formation. Tectonics, v. 36, p. 163–180, doi:10.1002/2016TC004284.

Zhou, R., Schoennohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., Davis, D. W., and Glodny, J. 2017. New constraints on orogenic models of the southern Central Andean Plateau: Cenozoic basin evolution and bedrock exhumation. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 129, no. 1/2, p. 152–170; doi: 10.1130/B31384.1

Blayney, T., Najman, Y., Dupont-Nivet, G., Carter, A., Miller, I., Garzanti, E., Sobel, E.R., Rittner, M., Ando, S., Guo, Zh.J., Vezzoli, G., 2016, Indentation of the Pamirs with respect to the northern margin of Tibet: constraints from the Tarim Basin sedimentary record: Tectonics, v. 35, p. 2345–2369, doi: 10.1002/2016TC004222.

Zhou, R., Schoennohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., Carrapa, B.,  and Davis, D. W., 2016. Sedimentary record of regional deformation and dynamics of the thick-skinned southern Puna Plateau, central Andes (26-27°S): Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 433, p. 317-325, doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2015.11.012.

Macaulay, E., Sobel, E., Mikolaichuk, A., Wack, M., Gilder, S., Mulch, A., Fortuna, A., Hynek, S., Apayarov, F., 2016, The sedimentary record of the Issyk Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan: climatic and tectonic inferences: Basin Research, doi: 10.1111/bre.12098.

Torres Acosta, V., Bande, A., Sobel, E. R., Parra, M., Schildgen, T.F., Stuart, F. Strecker, M. R., 2015, Cenozoic extension in the Kenya Rift from low-temperature thermochronology: Links to diachronous spatiotemporal evolution of rifting in East Africa: Tectonics, v. 34, doi: 10.1002/2015TC003949

Bande, A., Radjabov, Sh., Sobel, E. R., and Sim, T., 2015, Cenozoic palaeoenvironmental and tectonic controls of the northern Fergana basin evolution, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28.

Rasskazov, S.V., Chuvashova, I.S., Mikolaichuk, A.V., Sobel, E.R., Yasnygina, T.A., Fefelov, N.N., Saranina, E.V., 2015, Lateral Change of Sources for the Cretaceous–Paleogene Magmatism of the Tian Shan: Petrology, v. 23, No. 3, p. 281–308 (translated from Russian).

Bande, A., Sobel, E. R., Mikolaichuk, A., and Torres, A. V., 2015, Talas-Fergana Fault Cenozoic timing of deformation and its relation to Pamir indentation, in Geological evolution of Central Asian Basins and the Western Tien-Shan Range, edited by M-F. Brunet, T. McCann, and E. R. Sobel, in Geological Society of London, Special Publications 427, v. 28, p. 57-80, doi: 10.1144/SP427.1.

Carrapa, B., Mustapha, F. S., Cosca, M., Gehrels, G., Schoenbohm, L. M., Sobel, E. R., DeCelles, P. G., Russell, J. and Goodman, P., 2014, Multisystem dating of modern river detritus from Tajikistan and China: Implications for crustal evolution and exhumation of the Pamir: Lithosphere, doi: 10.1130/L360.1.

Schoenbohm, L.M., Chen, J., Stutz, J., Sobel, E.R., Thiede, R.C., Kirby, B., Strecker, M.R., 2014, Glacial morphology in the Chinese Pamir: Connections among climate, erosion, topography, lithology and exhumation: Geomorphology, v. 221, p. 1–17, doi: /10.1016/j.geomorph.2014.05.023.

Wack, M.R., Gilder, S.A., Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Charreau, J., and Mikolaichuk, A., 2014, Cenozoic magnetostratigraphy and rock magnetism of the southern Issyk-Kul basin, Kyrgyzstan: Tectonophysics. v. 629, p. 14-26, doi: 10.1016/j.tecto.2014.03.030.

Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Kohn, B., and Stuart, F.M., 2014, Cenozoic deformation and exhumation history of the Central Kyrgyz Tien Shan: Tectonics, v. 33, p. 135–165, doi:10.1002/2013TC003376.

Carrapa, B., Reyes-Bywater, S., Safipour, R., Sobel, E.R., Schoenbohm, L.M., DeCelles, P.G., Reiners, P., and Stockli, D., 2014, The effect of inherited paleotopography on exhumation of the Central Andes of NW Argentina: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 126, p. 66-77, doi:10.1130/B30844.1.

Thiede, R.C., Sobel, E.R., Chen J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M., and Strecker, M.R., 2013, Late Cenozoic extension and crustal doming in the India-Eurasia collision zone: New thermochronologic constraints from the NE Pamir. Tectonics, v. 32, p. 763–779, doi:10.1002/tect.20050.

Löbens, S., Sobel, E.R., Bense, F.A., Wemmer, K., Dunkl, I., and Siegesmund, S., 2013, Refined exhumation history of the Northern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina: Tectonics, v. 32, p. 453–472, doi:10.1002/tect.20038.

Macaulay, E.A., Sobel, E.R., Mikolaichuk, A., Landgraf, A., Kohn, B., and Stuart, F., 2013, Thermochronologic insight into Late Cenozoic deformation in the basement-cored Terskey Range, Kyrgyz Tien Shan. Tectonics, v. 32, p. 487–500, doi:10.1002/tect.20040.

Sobel, E.R., Chen, J., Schoenbohm, L.M., Thiede, R. Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M. and Strecker, M.R., 2013, Oceanic-style subduction controls late Cenozoic deformation of the Northern Pamir Orogen. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 363, p. 204-218.

Wilke, F. D. H., Sobel, E. R., O´Brien, P. J., Stockli, D. F., 2012, Apatite fission track and (U-Th)/He ages from the Higher Himalayan Crystallines, Kaghan Valley, Pakistan: implications for an Eocene Plateau and Oligocene to Pliocene exhumation. Journal Asian Earth Sciences, v. 59, p. 14-23.

Strecker, M. R., Hilley, G. E., Bookhagen, B., and Sobel, E. R., 2012, Structural, geomorphic and depositional characteristics of contiguous and broken foreland basins: examples from the eastern flanks of the central Andes in Bolivia and NW Argentina, in Tectonics of Sedimentary Basins: Recent Advances, edited by C. J. Busby and A. Azor, Wiley-Blackwell, p. 508-521.

Sobel, E.R., Schoenbohm, L.M., Chen, J., Thiede, R. Stockli, D.F., Sudo, M. and Strecker, M.R., 2011, Late Miocene–Pliocene deceleration of dextral slip between Pamir and Tarim: Implications for Pamir orogenesis. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 304, p. 369-378.

Deeken, A., Thiede, R.T., Sobel, E.R., Hourigan, J.K.  and Strecker, M.R. 2011, Exhumational variability within the Himalaya of northwest India. Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 305, p. 103-114.

Sobel., E.R. and Seward, D., 2010, Influence of etching conditions on apatite fission-track etch pit diameter, Chemical Geology, v. 271, p. 59-69, doi:10.1016/j.chemgeo.2009.12.012.

Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R., Zeilinger, G., Jaramillo, C., Da Silva, S.F., and Blanco, M., 2010, The eastern foothills of the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia: An example of multiple factors controlling structural styles and active tectonics: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 122, p. 1846-1864, doi: 10.1130/B30033.1.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Hain, M.P., Hilley, G.E., Mortimer, E., Schoenbohm, L., and Sobel, E.R., 2009, Does the topographic distribution of the central Andean Puna Plateau result from climatic or geodynamic processes? Geology, v. 37, p. 643–646; doi: 10.1130/G25545A.1.

Parra, M., Mora, A., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., and González, R., 2009, Episodic orogenic front migration in the northern Andes: Constraints from low-temperature thermochronology in the Eastern Cordillera, Colombia: Tectonics, v. 28, TC4004, doi:10.1029/2008TC002423.

Parra, M., Mora, A., Jaramillo, C., Strecker, M.R., Sobel, E.R., Quiroz, L.I., Rueda, M., and Torres, V., 2009, Orogenic advance in the northern Andes: evidence from the Oligo-Miocene sedimentary record of the Medina Basin, Eastern Cordillera, Colombia: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 121, p.780-800 doi:10.1130/B26257.1.

Murrell, G.R., Sobel, E.R., Carrapa, B., and Andriessen, P., 2009, Calibration and comparison of etching and thermal modeling techniques for apatite fission track thermochronology:  in Lisker, F., Ventura, B. and Glasmacher, U.A. (eds), Thermochronological Methods: From Palaeotemperature  Constraints to Landscape Evolution Models. Geological Society, London, Special Publications, v. 324, p. 73-85. DOI: 10.1144/SP324.6.

Ritts, B.D., Yue, Y.J., Graham, S.A., Sobel., E.R., Abbinjk, O., and Stockli, D., 2008, From sea level to high elevation in 15 Million Years: Uplift history of the northern Tibetan Plateau margin in the Altun Shan, American Journal of Science, v. 308, no. 5, p. 657-678.

Mora, A., Parra, M., Strecker, M., Sobel, E.R., Hooghiemstra, H., Torres, V., Vallejo, J., 2008, Climate forcing of asymmetric orogenic evolution in the Eastern Cordillera of Colombia. Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 120, p. 930-949, doi: 10.1130/B26186.

Burbank, D. W., Brewer, I. D., Sobel, E. R., and Bullen, M. E., 2007, Single-crystal dating and the detrital record of orogenesis, in Nichols, G., Williams, E., and Paola, C., eds., Sedimentary Processes, Environments and Basins, Volume 38: Special Publication International Association of Sedimentologists, Blackwell, p. 251-283.

Sobel, E. R., 2007, Interactions between deformation, exhumation, and climate in arid regions constrained by apatite fission-track analysis. Habilitation thesis, Universität Potsdam, Potsdam, Germany, 239 p.

Strecker, M.R., Alonso, R.N., Bookhagen, B., Carrapa, B., Hilley, G.E., Sobel, E.R., and Trauth, M.H., 2007, Tectonics and Climate of the Southern Central Andes: Annu. Rev. Earth Planet. Sci, v. 35, p. 747–87.

Valli, F., Arnaud, N., Leloup, P.H., Sobel, E.R., Maheo, G., Lacassin, R., Guillot, S., Li, H., and Tapponnier, P., 2007, 2007, Twenty million years of continuous deformation along the Karakorum fault, western Tibet: A thermochronological analysis: Tectonics, v. 26, 26 p. doi:10.1029/2005TC001913.

Leloup, P.H., Arnaud, N., Lacassin, R., and Sobel, E.R., 2007, Reply to comment by Y. Rolland et al. on “Alpine thermal and structural evolution of the highest external crystalline massif: The Mont Blanc”: Tectonics, v. 26, 6 p. TC2016, 10.1029/2006TC002022.

Mortimer, E., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E.R., Sosa Gomez, J., and Strecker, M.R., 2007, Fragmentation of a foreland basin in response to out-of-sequence basement uplifts and structural reactivation: El Cajón–Campo del Arenal basin, NW Argentina: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 119, p. 637–65.

Ege, H., Sobel, E.R., Scheuber, E., and Jacobshagen, V., 2007, Exhumation history of the southern Altiplano plateau (southern Bolivia) constrained by apatite fission-track thermochronology: Tectonics, v. 26, 24 p. TC1004, 10.1029/2005TC001869.

Carrapa, B., Strecker, M.R., and Sobel, E.R., 2006, Cenozoic orogenic growth in the Central Andes:  Evidence from sediment provenance and apatite fission track thermochronology along the southernmost Puna Plateau margin (NW Argentina), Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 247, p. 82-100.

Sobel, E.R., Chen, J., and Heermance, R.V., 2006, Late Oligocene - Early Miocene initiation of shortening in the Southwestern Chinese Tian Shan: Implications for Neogene shortening rate variations, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 247, p. 70-81.

Deeken, A., Sobel, E.R., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Riller, U. and Strecker, M.R., 2006, Construction of the southern Eastern Cordillera, NW-Argentina: from early Cretaceous extension to middle Miocene shortening, constrained by AFT-thermochronometry, Tectonics, v. 25, 21 p. TC6003, doi:10.1029/2005TC001894.

Alonso, R.N., Carrapa, B., Coutand, I., Haschke, M., Hilley, G.E., Schoenbohm, L., Sobel, E. R., Strecker, M.R., Trauth, M.H., 2006, Tectonics, climate, and landscape evolution of the southern Central Andes: The Argentine Puna Plateau and adjacent Regions between 22 and 28° S lat: in Oncken, O., Chong, G., Franz, G., Giese, P., Götze, H.-J., Ramos, V., Strecker, M., and Wigger, P., editors, The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny: Frontiers in Earth Sciences, v. 1, Springer Verlag, p. 265-283.

Blisniuk, P.M., Stern, L.A., Chamberlain, C.P., Zeitler, P.Z., Ramos, V.A., Haschke, M., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R. and Warkus, F., 2006, Links between mountain uplift, climate, and surface processes in the southern Patagonian Andes,, in Oncken, O., Chong, G., Franz, G., Giese, P., Götze, H.-J., Ramos, V., Strecker, M., and Wigger, P., editors, The Andes - Active Subduction Orogeny: Frontiers in Earth Sciences, v. 1, Springer Verlag, p. 429-440.

Coutand, I., Carrapa, B., Deeken, A., Schmitt, A.K., Sobel, E.R., and Strecker, M.R., 2006, Propagation of orographic barriers along an active range front: insights from sandstone petrography and detrital apatite fission-track thermochronology in the intramontaneAngastaco basin, NW Argentina, Basin Research, v. 18, p. 1-26, doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2117.2006.00283.x.

Sobel, E. R., Oskin, M., Burbank, D., and Mikolaichuk, A., 2006, Exhumation of basement-cored uplifts: Example of the Kyrgyz Range quantified with apatite fission-track thermochronology, Tectonics, v. 25, 17 p. TC2008, doi:10.1029/2005TC001809.

Thiede, R.C., Arrowsmith, J.R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M., Sobel, E.R., Strecker, M.R., 2006, Dome formation and extension in the Tethyan Himalaya,  Leo Pargil, Northwest India, GSA Bulletin, v. 118, no. 5/6, p. 635-650, doi: 10.1130/B25872.1.

Carrapa, B., Adelmann, D., Hilley, G. E.Mortimer, E., Sobel, E. R. and Strecker, M. R., 2005, Oligocene range uplift and development of plateau morphology in the southern Central Andes, Tectonics, v. 24, 19 p. TC4011, doi:10.1029/2004TC001762.

Leloup, P. H., Arnaud, N., Sobel, E. R. and Lacassin, R., 2005, Timing and mode of exhumation of the highest alpine range, the Mt Blanc massif, Tectonics, v. 24, 26 p. TC4002, doi:10.1029/2004TC001676.

Thiede, R. C., Arrowsmith, J. R., Bookhagen, B., McWilliams, M., Sobel, E. R., and Strecker, M. R., 2005, From tectonically to erosionally controlled development of the Himalayan orogen, Geology, v. 33, p. 689-692; doi: 10.1130/G21483.1.

Thiede, R. C., Bookhagen, B., Arrowsmith, J. R., Sobel, E. R., and Strecker, M. R., 2004, Climate control on rapid exhumation along the Southern Himalayan Front: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 222, p. 791-806.

Ege, H., Sobel, E., Jacobshagen, V., Scheuber, E. and Mertmann, D., 2003, Exhumation history of the Central Andes of southern Bolivia by apatite fission track dating in Suárez-Soruco, R. et al., ed., Revista Técnica de Yacimientos Petrolíferos Fiscales Bolivianos (YPFB), Cochabamba, Bolivia, v. 21, p. 165-172.

Sobel, E. R. and Strecker, M. R., 2003, Uplift, exhumation, and precipitation: Tectonic and climatic control of Late Cenozoic landscape evolution in the northern Sierras Pampeanas, Argentina: Basin Research, v. 15, 21 p. doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2117.2003.00214.x.

Sobel, E. R., Hilley, G.E., and Strecker, M.R., 2003, Formation of internally-drained contractional basins by aridity-limited bedrock incision: JGR - Solid Earth, v. 108, 23 p. 2344, doi:10.1029/2002JB001883.

Chen, J., Burbank, D. W., Scharer, K. M., Sobel, E., Yin, J., Rubin, C., and Zhao, R., 2002, Magnetostratigraphy of the Pliocene-Pleistocene strata in the southwestern Chinese Tian Shan, and rates of Pleistocene folding and thrusting: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 195, p. 113-130.

Sobel, E. R., Arnaud, N., Jolivet, M., Ritts, B. D., and Brunel, M., 2001, Jurassic to Cenozoic exhumation history of the Altyn Tagh range, northwest China constrained by 40Ar/39Ar and apatite fission track thermochronology in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 247-267.

Delville, N., Arnaud, N., Montel, J. M., Roger, F., Brunel, M., Tapponnier, P., and Sobel, E., 2001, Paleozoic to Cenozoic deformation along the Altyn-Tagh Fault in the Altun Shan massif area, Eastern Qilian Shan, northeastern  Tibet China in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 269-292.

Dumitru, T. A., Zhou, D., Chang, E., Graham, S. A., Hendrix, M. S., Sobel, E. R., and Carroll, A. R., 2001, Uplift, exhumation, and deformation in the Chinese Tian Shan in Hendrix, M. S., and Davis, G. A., ed., Paleozoic and Mesozoic tectonic evolution of central and eastern Asia: From continental assembly to intracontinental deformation: Geological Society of America Memoir 194, p. 71-99.

Sobel, E. R., and Arnaud, N., 2000, Cretaceous - Paleogene basaltic rocks of the Tuyon basin, NW China and the Kyrgyz Tian Shan: the trace of a small plume, Lithos, v. 50, p. 191-215.

Sobel, E., Appel, E., Strecker, M., Ratschbacher, L., and Blisniuk, P., editors, 1999, 14th Himalaya-Karakoram-Tibet Workshop: Terra Nostra, Schriften der Alfred-Wegener-Stiftung, 191p.

Sobel, E. R., and Arnaud, N., 1999, A possible middle Paleozoic suture in the Altyn Tagh, NW China, Tectonics, v. 18, p. 64-74.

Sobel, E. R., 1999, Basin Analysis of the Jurassic - Lower Cretaceous southwest Tarim basin, NW China, GSA Bulletin, v. 111., n. 5, 709-724.

Sobel, E. R., and Dumitru, T. A., 1997, Exhumation of the margins of the western Tarim basin during the Himalayan orogeny: Journal of Geophysical Research, v. 102, p. 5043-5064.

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