Grenville Draper, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment and Associate Director of the Liberal Studies Program at Florida International University.
Dr. Draper is a geologist whose research focuses on the use of structural and metamorphic information to develop models for the tectonic evolution of the Caribbean. His research has included field studies in Jamaica, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico. 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.
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 the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Puerto Rico, which have helped to understand the development of the Early Cretaceous to mid-Eocene Greater Antilles island arc.
His current interests include investigating the tectonic significance of garnet pyroxenite lenses in a mafic gneiss terrane in the northern Dominican Republic that have been exhumed for more than 100km depth, and understanding how transtension may lead to highly linear fabrics in Jamaica's blueschists.
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