Title: Professor, Associate Director
Office: ZEB 210
Specialty: Caribbean Geology
Education: Ph.D. University of the West Indies, 1979 M.Sc. London (Imperial College), 1974 B.A. (Honors) Cambridge, 1973
Department(s): Earth and Environment, Liberal Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies
The 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
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. Several of these studies have involved documenting brittle fault and ductile shear zone kinematics.
- Investigating the tectonic significance of garnet pyroxenite lenses in a mafic gneiss terrane in the northern Dominican Republic that
havebeen exhumed formmore than 100kmdepth
- Understanding how
transtensionmay lead to highly linear fabrics in Jamaica’s blueschists.