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James Brendan Murphy was born Oct. 12 1954 and is married with two children. He is currently a professor in the Department of Earth Sciences of St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, NS, Canada. He is also an Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, and Ohio University, Athens, Ohio. 
He can be contacted by:

Phone:  Work (902) 867-2481)
Fax:  (902) 867-2414
Email:  bmurphy@stfx.ca


  M. Sc., Geology-Acadia University, NS, 1975-77
Thesis: "The geological history of the Fourchu Group, southeastern Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia"

Ph. D, McGill University, P.Q., 1977-82
Thesis: "Tectonics and Magmatism in the northern Antigonish Highlands, Nova Scotia."


Teaching Experience

Professor, Dept. of Earth Sciences, StFX, 1994-present
Associate Professor, Geology, StFX, 1988-94
Assistant Professor, Geology, StFX, 1985-88
Lecturer, St. Francis Xavier U, 1982-85
Lecturer, McGill University, 1980-82



Undergraduate Courses Instructed*


Advanced Field Methods3 (10)
Advanced Igneous Petrology 2 (6)
Advanced Metamorphic Petrology2 (6)

Advanced Structural Geology2 (8)

Earth and Environmental Systems4  (4)

Earth History2 (4)

Geophysics2 (2)

Introductory Field Methods3 (18)
Introductory Petrology2 (8)

Introductory Structural Geology2 (23)

Mineralogy 2 (2)
Optical Mineralogy2 (6)

Regional Structural Geology & Tectonics2 (12)
Understanding the Earth1 (17)


1 72 lectures

2  36 lectures, 12 labs (practicals)  

3   10 day field course, co-taught

4  Weekly two-hour seminar course, co-taught

Figures in parentheses indicate number

    of times each course has been taught

Graduate Courses Instructed

Special topics in Structural Geology and Tectonics
Special topics in Petrogenesis of Metamorphic Rocks
Special topics in Earth Systems Science II
Field research methods in the Earth Sciences