Mitchell C. McMillan
🍁  Toronto, ON, Canada



Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2017–Present
  • Advisor: Lindsay Schoenbohm. Thesis: Investigating lithospheric dripping: Geodynamic modeling and application to the Puna Plateau, NW Argentina.

M.Sc., University of West Florida, 2014–2016
  • Advisor: Johan Liebens. Thesis: Evaluating and Developing Streambank Erosion Models: U.S. Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain.

B.Sc. Geology, University of Alabama, 2007–2012 
  • Summa cum laude with 4.0 GPA. Minor in Mathematics, second major in Classics (Latin).

Research interests

Tectonic geomorphology; Geodynamic modeling; Mapping and GIS.


McMillan, M. and L. Schoenbohm, 2019. Extreme wind erosion in the Puna Plateau: the Salina del Fraile depression. In preparation.

Schoenbohm, L. and M. McMillan, 2019. Worldbuilding from tectonic first principles: Integrating and interrogating undergraduate knowledge through a capstone project. In review.

McMillan, M., J. Liebens, and S. Bagui, 2018. A statistical model for streambank erosion in the northern Gulf of Mexico coastal plain. CATENA 165, 145–156. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2018.01.027.

McMillan, M. and Z. Hu, 2017. A watershed scale spatially-distributed model for streambank erosion rate driven by channel curvature. Geomorphology 294, 146–161. doi: 10.1016/j.geomorph.2017.03.017.

McMillan, M., J. Liebens, and C. Metcalf, 2017. Evaluating the BANCS streambank erosion framework on the Northern Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain. Journal of the American Water Resources Association 53 (6), 1393–1408. doi: 10.1111/1752-1688.12572.

Liebens, J., C. Metcalf, and M. McMillan, 2016. Development of regional bank erosion relationships for the Coastal Plain hydrophysiographic region. Final Report, grant 13058, State Wildlife Grants. Florida’s Wildlife Legacy Initiative, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

Selected abstracts

McMillan, M. and L. Schoenbohm, Deciphering a Large-Scale, Wind-Dominated Landscape in the Central Andes: Aeolian Topography in the Salina del Fraile Depression, Southern Puna Plateau. AGU Fall Meeting, December 9-13, 2019.

McMillan, M. and L. Schoenbohm, Deformation and exhumation of the Salina del Fraile, NW Argentina: Anatomy of a hinterland basin. Geophysical Research Abstracts 21, EGU2019-12341.

McMillan, M. and L. Schoenbohm, Synthesizing global lithosphere removal events: Scale, style, and surface deformation. Geophysical Research Abstracts 18, EGU2018-10881.

Liebens, J. and M. McMillan. A practical streambank erosion model for the coastal plain of the northern Gulf of Mexico. Geological Society of America Annual Meeting. Denver, CO. September 25-26, 2016.

McMillan, M. and J. Liebens. Streambank erosion model for the northern Gulf of Mexico Coastal Plain. EcoStream 2016: From Ridgeline to Thalweg, Asheville, NC. August 22-25, 2016.

McMillan, M., J. Liebens, and C. Metcalf. Predicting annual streambank erosion rates in the U.S. Gulf Coastal Plain: BEHI and beyond. Rocky Mountain Stream Restoration Conference. Breckenridge, CO. July 19-21, 2016.

McMillan, M. and J. Liebens. Streambank erosion modeling: Improving field methods. American Water Resources Association Conference. Denver, CO. November 16-19, 2015.