Grenville Draper, Ph.D., is Professor in the Department of Earth & Environment in the School of Environment, Arts, and Society at Florida International University.
Dr. Draper is also Undergraduate Program Director of Earth Sciences. The overall goal of his research is to use structural and metamorphic information to constrain and develop models for the tectonic evolution of the Caribbean region. In 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.
He made his first visit to Cuba in 1989 and helped organize the 13th Caribbean Geological conference that was held in Pinar del Río in 1992. As the leader of the International Geological Correlation Project 364, he facilitated international field workshops involving scientists from the Caribbean, some of which were in Cuba. Several of these studies have involved documenting brittle fault and ductile shear zone kinematics. 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. 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. He is also Fellow of the Geological Society.
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