James W. Skehan, S.J.
Professor & Director Emeritus
Weston Observatory, Department of Geology & Geophysics, 381 Concord Road, Weston, MA 02193-1340
Tel: (617) 552 8312
Fax: (617) 552 8388
- Participation in Jesuit Institute Seminars: God and the World of the Sciences, and The Responsible Conduct of Science in a Catholic University
Planet Earth II, GE 125.01 & GE126.01
Earth, Spirituality, & "Spiritual Aerobics", UN 514.01
Courses offered in other semesters
Planet Earth I, GE 115.01 & GE116.01
Tectonics of the Appalachian Orogen
Monday & Wednesday 12:45-1:30 or by appointment, Devlin 325
Areas of Principal Geological Research Interests
Science and Religion
Regional Field Studies. My research has been related to both Laurentian and peri-Gondwanan terranes and is concerned more specifically with the evolution of the late Proterozoic to Jurassic rocks of southern New England. A special focus is on the Avalonian-related peri-Gondwanan terranes relative to Applachian terranes
Avalonoian Correlations. Regional studies in New England's West-Avalon terrane has led to the study of its other segments from Maritime Canada to Belgium, and of the Cadomian or East-Avalon terrane in Europe, West Africa, and South America.
Assembly and Dispersal of Supercontinents Intercontinental correlations have led to the reconstruction of paleopositions and growth of cratons as they assemble in supercontinental clusters, and again as they have been dispersed into new configurations that resulted in a new cycle of assembly and breakup of these supercontinents.
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