Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada

StFX earth sciences professor awarded Fulbright Canada Scholar award

October 10th, 2017
Dr. Brendan Murphy

StFX earth sciences professor Dr. Brendan Murphy will be in residence at Yale University next semester conducting research on “Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics” as a 2017-18 recipient of the prestigious Fulbright Canada Scholar award.

The award provides opportunity for outstanding Canadian scholars to lecture and/or conduct research in the U.S.

Dr. Murphy, who has taught at StFX since 1982 and is also among the latest cohort of Fellows to be inducted into the Royal Society of Canada, national recognition as best in his field, will travel to Yale University to work with a research group, led by Prof. David Evans, on the origin of supercontinents.

“We have different theories on how supercontinents form. It will be an opportunity to learn from one another and maybe come up with a better theory,” he says.

He says the experience will have an impact on his students, teaching and research when he returns to StFX.

“We are working on fundamental plate tectonic processes. It will influence what I teach and the opportunities students will have.”

Dr. Murphy is best known for his contributions to understanding the supercontinent cycle, one of the most significant developments in earth sciences since the discovery of plate tectonics. He has led a wide range of study over his career in an effort to improve understanding of mountain building processes and the long-term history of global environmental change. He is recognized as one of Canada’s premier tectonists.

He has published over 290 research papers, is currently a science editor of Geology, was the former science editor of Geological Society of America Bulletin and Geoscience Canada and is on several other editorial boards. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of America (GSA) and has won national and international awards for research, service and outreach, including the Killam Research Fellowship, the Gesner and Ambrose medals, and the AGS & GSA Distinguished Service Awards. Recently he visited Australia as a Haydn Williams Fellow at Curtin University.


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