Dr. Paul R. Eizenhöfer

Funktion: Postdoc


Universität Tübingen

FB Geowissenschaften

Schnarrenbergstr. 94-96

72076 Tübingen

Büro: Raum 3R35, GUZ

Phone: +49-(0)7071-29-73150

Email: paul-reinhold.eizenhoeferspam prevention@uni-tuebingen.de

Research Interests

Originally trained as a geochronologist and geochemist I now adopt multidisciplinary approaches integrating methods in structural geology, thermochronology and geomorphology to tackle problems within the broad field of tectonic geomorphology. Currently, I study the evolution of the Himalayan and Alpine orogenic belts by quantifying and reconstructing fault motion, rock uplift, surface processes, exhumation, foreland basin development and landscape evolution. Ultimately, I aim to address questions that link internal with external geological processes, such as the interaction of rock movement and climate on a regional to global scale.

Other interests lie in (i) the tectonic evolution of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt, more specifically the late Palaeozoic to early Mesozoic closure of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean, (ii) far-field tectonics across Central Asia, and (iii) numerical approaches to quantify long-term landscape evolution with focus on the interaction between climatic and tectonic forces.


Wissenschaftl. Mitarbeiter (Post-Doc), University of Tübingen / Germany — 2018-2020

Deciphering the Cenozoic evolution of the Alps using numerical thermo-kinematic and landscape evolution models as part of the DFG priority program “Mountain Building Processes in Four Dimensions (MB-4D)” under the lead of Dr. Christoph Glotzbach.


Feodor-Lynen Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh / USA — 2016-2017

Funded by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, developing numerical thermo-kinematic and landscape evolution models of eastern Bhutan and central Nepal during the development of the Himalayan fold-thrust belt together with Dr. Nadine McQuarrie.


Postdoctoral Associate, University of Pittsburgh / USA — 2015-2016; 2018

Initiating preliminary studies on the foreland basin development, kinematic and geomorphological evolution in eastern Bhutan together with Dr. Nadine McQuarrie.


Research Assistant, The University of Hong Kong / China — 2014-2015

Concluding PhD study and assisting in related studies on the Central Asian Orogenic Belt under Dr. Guochun Zhao.


PhD in Geology, the University of Hong Kong / China — 2010-2014

Studying the Late Permian to Early Triassic closure of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean along the Solonker Suture Zone in East Asia and assembly of East Asian blocks during the assembly of Pangaea under the supervision of Dr. Guochun Zhao. PhD degree awarded in April 15, 2015. CETL certified teaching assistant during the same period. Awarded as “Outstanding Research Postgraduate Student”.


Diplom (~MSC/MPhil) in geology and Palaeontology, Heidelberg University / Germany — 2005-2010

Conducting thermochronological studies on the North China Craton in Central China under Dr. Ulrich A. Glasmacher. Diploma degree awarded in April 20, 2010.


Undergraduate student of physics, Heidelberg University / Germany — 2003-2005

Representative Publications

Eizenhöfer, P.R., McQuarrie, N., Shelef, E., Ehlers, T.A. (in revision). Landscape Responses to Horizontal Displacement in Convergent Orogens over Geologic Time Scales. JGR: Earth Surface.

McQuarrie, N., Eizenhöfer, P.R., Long, S.P., Tobgay, T., Ehlers, T.A., Blythe, A., Morgan, L., Gilmore, M., Dering, G. (in revision). The influence of foreland structures on hinterland cooling: evaluating the drivers of exhumation in the eastern Bhutan Himalaya. Tectonics.

Gilmore, M. E., McQuarrie, N., Eizenhöfer, P. R., & Ehlers, T. A. (2018). Testing the effects of topography, geometry, and kinematics on modeled thermochronometer cooling ages in the eastern Bhutan Himalaya. Solid Earth, 9(3), 599.

Eizenhöfer, P. R. and Zhao, G. (2017). Solonker Suture in East Asia and its bearing on the final closure of the eastern segment of the Palaeo-Asian Ocean. Earth-Science Reviews, doi: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2017.09.010.

Eizenhöfer, P. R., Zhao, G., Zhang, J., & Sun, M. (2014). Final closure of the Paleo‐Asian Ocean along the Solonker Suture Zone: Constraints from geochronological and geochemical data of Permian volcanic and sedimentary rocks. Tectonics, 33(4), 441-463.