Dr. Schmitz’s research and teaching interests encompass an understanding of the
processes associated with the tectonic, geochemical, and thermal evolution of the
continental lithosphere. He works to integrate igneous and metamorphic petrology, major
and trace element geochemistry, radiogenic isotope and geochronological tools, and
thermal and chemical diffusive modeling to probe samples of the continental crust and
underlying lithospheric mantle. His research is also incorporated into his teaching,
which encompasses undergraduate and graduate-level courses in geochemistry, isotope
geology, and geochronology, and their petrologic and tectonic applications. 



A Middle-Late Ediacaran Volcano-Sedimentary Record from the Eastern Arabian-Nubian Shield, Terra Nova (2014)

The Ediacaran Jibalah Group comprises volcano-sedimentary successions that filled small fault-bound basins along the NW–SE-trending...



Climate- and Eustasy-Driven Cyclicity in Pennsylvanian Fusulinid Assemblages, Donets Basin (Ukraine) (with Rimma R. Khodjanyazova, Vladimir I. Davydov, and Isabel P. Montañez), Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2014)

A model of cyclic recurrence (~ 0.6–1.2 myr) of three fusulinid assemblages in the...



Globally Synchronous Marinoan Deglaciation Indicated by U-Pb Geochronology of the Cottons Breccia, Tasmania, Australia (with C. R. Calver, J. L. Crowley, M. T. D. Wingate, D. A. D. Evans, and T. D. Raub), Geology (2013)

U-Pb zircon data from the uppermost Cottons Breccia, representing the Marinoan glacial-postglacial transition on King...



The Main Ostrava Whetstone: Composition, Sedimentary Processes, Palaeogeography and Geochronology of a Major Mississippian Volcaniclastic Unit of the Upper Silesian Basin (Poland and Czech Republic) (with Jakub Jirásek, Lada Hýlová, Martin Sivek, Janusz Jureczka, Karel Martínek, and Ivana Sýkorová), International Journal of Earth Sciences (2013)

The Main Ostrava Whetstone (MOW) is an important lithostratigraphic horizon of the Late Carboniferous sedimentary...



Palaeontological Evidence for an Oligocene Divergence Between Old World Monkeys and Apes, Nature (2013)

Apes and Old World monkeys are prominent components of modern African and Asian ecosystems, yet...




The Geologic Time Scale 2012 (with Felix M. Gradstein, James G. Ogg, and Gabi M. Ogg), Faculty Authored Books (2012)

The Geologic Time Scale 2012 is the framework for deciphering the history of our planet...



Online Activities for Teaching the Science of Geochronology (with Karen Viskupic, Chareen Snelson, Ross Perkins, and Greg Cossette), Annual Meeting of the Geological Society of America (2011)

We are developing a series of engaging, effective, and usable virtual labs/online activities to teach...