Maud J.M. Meijers



  • Ph.D. in Geology (2010), Utrecht University

Tethyan evolution of the Black Sea region since the Paleozoic: a paleomagnetic approach’

  • MSc in Geology (2005), Utrecht University

‘Mesozoic paleomagnetic data from North Dobrogea (Romania) and Crimea (Ukraine): Cimmerian deformation phases along the southern margin of the East European Platform’

  • BSc in Geology (2002), Utrecht University

 ’Fault healing and sealing in sedimentary rocks: one-dimensional compaction experiments on calcite under room temperature and low stress conditions’


Professional appointments

  • 2012 – present: Postdoctoral Associate, University of Minnesota
  • 2010 – 2012: Henri Poincaré Postdoctoral Fellow, Université de Nice – Sophia Antipolis, ‘Paleomagnetism of the Armenian Block and its foreland: constraints on Tethyan plate reconstructions and oroclinal bending during the Phanerozoic’



Broad research interests

The heart of my interest in Earth Sciences is in the field of paleomagnetism and rock magnetism, which I mainly use as a tool to develop and contribute to tectonic reconstructions of mountain belts and paleogeographic reconstructions of continents. Oroclinal bending and large-scale deformation, Pangea reconstructions, inclination shallowing and remagnetization mechanisms in sediments have my special interest. In my past and present research I focus on the Tethyan realm and in particular the Black Sea and Caspian Sea regions.





view on the Aladağ mountains in the Ecemiş corridor


Current STAMP research

Currently I work within the framework of the CD-CAT project in Anatolia (Turkey). This interdisciplinary project aims at understanding the surface-to-mantle dynamics during the transition from collision to escape tectonics and ultimately plateau formation in the Cenozoic. Within this project I use magnetostratigraphy as a tool for dating the Oligocene and younger non-marine sediments and integrate those ages with stable isotope data as a proxy for the presence of paleotopography and as indicators for paleoclimate. The paleomagnetic work is being carried out at the Institute for Rock Magnetism (University of Minnesota). The stable isotope analyses are being performed at the Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre in Frankfurt am Main in close collaboration with CAT-team member Andreas Mülch.




CAT team members

- from left to right - Gilles Brocard (University of Pennsylvania), Noah Keller and Côme Lefebvre (both University of Minnesota) on our spring 2013 field trip


Ongoing research in the Lesser Caucasus

A link to my research project in the Lesser Caucasus can be found here.



- In Press -


van der Boon, A., Kuiper, K.F., Villa, G., Renema, W., Meijers, M.J.M., Langereis, C.G., Aliyeva, E., Krijgsman, W., (In Press). Onset of Maikop sedimentation in the Talysh (Azerbaijan): climate or tectonics? In: Sosson, M., Stephenson, R.A., Adamia, Sh. (Eds), Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Black Sea and Caucasus, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 428, doi:10.1144/SP428.3.


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., (In Press). Progressive orocline formation in the Lesser Caucasus as a result of South Armenian Block – Eurasia collision, In: Sosson, M., Stephenson, R.A., Adamia, Sh. (Eds), Tectonic Evolution of the Eastern Black Sea and Caucasus, Geological Society, London, Special Publications 428, doi:10.1144/SP428.8.


- Published -


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, 644-645, 197-219, Tectonophysics, 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


Gülyüz, E., Kaymakci, N., Meijers, M. J. M., van Hinsbergen, D. J. J., Lefebvre, C., Vissers, R., Hendriks, B. and Peynircioglu, A. A., 2013, Late Eocene evolution of the Çiçekdağı Basin (central Turkey): Syn-sedimentary compression during microcontinent–continent collision in central Anatolia, Tectonophysics, 602, 286-299


Lefebvre, C., Meijers, M. J. M., Kaymakci, N., Peynircioglu, A., Langereis, C. G. and 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


Meijers, M.J.M , Van Hinsbergen, D.J.J., Langereis, C.G., Altiner, D., Dekkers, M.J., Kaymakci, N. and Stephenson, R.A., 2011. Pervasive Paleogene remagnetization of the central Taurides fold-and-thrust belt (southern Turkey) and implications for rotations in the Isparta Angle, Geophys. J. Int., 184, 1090-1112  


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, Geophys. J,. Int., 182, 1189-1198


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


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


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



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