Ph.D. University of the West Indies, 1979;
M.Sc. London (Imperial College), 1974;
B.A. (Honors) Cambridge, 1973
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Geology, Metamorphic Geology and Tectonics
geology and tectonics of the Caribbean, Central America
Caribbean region is a varied and complicated part of
the Cordilleran system of the Americas and the overall
goal of Dr. Draper’s research is to use structural and
metamorphic information to constrain and develop models
for the tectonic evolution of that region.
order to do this Dr Draper’s 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.
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 Jamaica’s blueschists.
Draper is Chair of the Standing Committee of the Caribbean
Geological Conference series and is on the editorial
boards of International Geology Review and
G. and Bone, R.A., 1981, Denudation, thermal evolution
and preservation of blueschists: Journal of Geology,
v. 89, p.601-613.
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.
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
P., Draper, G. and Lewis, J.F. (eds.), 1991, Geological
and tectonic development of the North American-Caribbean
plate boundary in Hispaniola: Geol. Soc
Paper 262, 401pp., 5 plates.
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.
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.
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
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
Avé 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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