Dr. Brendan Murphy
Department of Earth Sciences
St. Francis Xavier University

Dr. Murphy's research focuses on the origin and evolution of the Rheic Ocean and the implications for the formation of Pangea - a supercontinent that existed about 250 million years ago. Although the existence of Pangea is a cornerstone of plate tectonics, the mechanisms responsible for its amalgamation are poorly understood. Specifically, there are questions about the margins of Pangea, the timing of its initial rifting and opening, and the geodynamics of its closure.

Dr. Murphy has been a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, Nova Scotia, since 1982. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University and Editor of the Geological Society of America Bulletin and the author of nearly 150 research articles.

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