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Grenville Draper

Professor,  Undergraduate Advisor
Ph.D. University of the West Indies, 1979;
M.Sc. London (Imperial College), 1974;
B.A. (Honors) Cambridge, 1973

Fellow of the Geological Society
Chairman, Caribbean Geological Conference Series
Editorial Board, International Geology Review
Editorial board, Geologica Acta

Office:PC 316
Ph: (305) 348-3087
email: draper@fiu.edu

For a complete CV in pdf  format please click here.

Structural Geology, Metamorphic Geology and Tectonics

Structural geology and tectonics of the Caribbean, Central America andMexico

Research Interests:

The Caribbean region is a varied and complicated part of the Cordilleran system of the Americas and the overall goal of Dr. Draperís research is to use structural and metamorphic information to constrain and develop models for the tectonic evolution of that region.

In order to do this Dr Draperís research has focused largely, but not exclusively, on field studies deformation, metamorphism and tectonic implications of metamorphic complexes in the Caribbean. He has examined blueschist† and other metamorphic complexes in Jamaica and the northern Dominican Republic.† In addition, he has participated in regional tectonic studies in Dominican Republic, Cuba and Puerto Rico that have helped to understand the development of the Early Cretaceous to mid-Eocene Greater Antilles island arc.† Several of these studies have involved documenting brittle fault and ductile shear zone kinematics.

Current interests are (1) investigating the tectonic significance of garnet pyroxenite lenses in a mafic gneiss terrane in the northern Dominican Republic that have been exhumed form more than 100km depth, (2) understanding how transtension may lead to highly linear fabrics in Jamaicaís blueschists.

Dr Draper is Chair of the Standing Committee of the Caribbean Geological Conference series and is on the editorial boards of International Geology Review and Geologica Acta.

Selected Publications

Draper, G. and Bone, R.A., 1981, Denudation, thermal evolution and preservation of blueschists: Journal of Geology, v. 89, p.601-613.

Draper, G. 1986, Blueschists and associated rocks in eastern Jamaica and their significance for Cretaceous plate margin development in the northern Caribbean: Geol. Soc. America Bulletin, v.87, p. 48-60.

Lewis, J.F. and Draper, G., 1990, Geological and tectonic evolution of the northern Caribbean margin: Decade of North American Geology, v. H: The Caribbean, Geol. Soc America p. 77-140

Mann, P., Draper, G.† and Lewis, J.F. (eds.), 1991, Geological and tectonic development of the North American-Caribbean plate boundary in Hispaniola: ††Geol. Soc America Special Paper† 262, 401pp.,† 5 plates.

Draper, G. and Barros, J.A., 1994 , Cuba:† in† Donovan S.K. and Jackson, T. A. (eds.) Caribbean Geology: an introduction, University of the West Indies Publishers Association/University of the West Indies Press, Kingston, Jamaica, p. 65-86.

Draper, G. Guitierrez, G. and Lewis, J.F., 1996, Thrust emplacement of the Hispaniola peridotite belt: orogenic expression of the mid Cretaceous Caribbean arc polarity reversal?:† Geology, v. 24, (12), 1143-1146.

Abbott, R.N., Draper, G., and Keshav, S.,† 2001 Garnet peridotite found in the Greater Antilles.† EOS (Transactions American Geophysical Union), v. 82, no. 35, p. 381, 385, 388

Pindell, J., Kennan, L., Maresch, W.V., Stanek, K-P, Draper, G., and Higgs, R., in press Plate-kinematics and crustal dynamicsof circum-Caribbean arc-continent interactions and tectonic controls on basin development in Avť Lallemant, H. G. and Sissons V. B., Proto-Caribbean margins, in Caribbean - South American plate interactions, Venezuela,† Geological Society of America Special paper.

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