Jean Crespi

Associate Professor

I combine fieldwork; microstructural, strain, and fault-slip analysis; and kinematic modeling to develop interpretations for the structural evolution of regions that have undergone contractional and/or extensional tectonics. Regions of interest include the Taconic orogenic belt in western New England and easternmost New York State, the New England-Quebec igneous province, and the eastern North American rift system and passive margin.


  • Ph.D.: Geology at University of Colorado, Boulder
  • M.S.: Geology at University of Arizona
  • B.S.: Geology at Wellesley College

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    • Cooper Boemmels, J.R., Crespi, J.M., Webb, L.E., and Fosdick, J.C., 40Ar/39Ar and LA-ICP-MS U–Pb geochronology for the New England portion of the Early Cretaceous New England–Quebec igneous province: Implications for the postrift evolution of the eastern North American margin: American Journal of Science, in revision.
    • Crespi, J.M., Cooper Boemmels, J., and Robinson, J.M., 2018, Geology of the northern Taconic allochthon: Strain variation in thrust sheets, brittle faults, and postrift dike emplacement, in Grover, T.W., Mango, H.N., Wong, M.S., and Peck, W.H., eds., Guidebook for the 110th Annual Meeting of the New England Intercollegiate Geological Conference and the 90th Annual Meeting of the New York State Geological Association: Lake George, New York, p. 215–234.
    • Fichman, M.E., Crespi, J.M., Getty, P.R., and Bush, A.M., 2015, Retrodeformation of Carboniferous trace fossils from the Narragansett Basin, U.S.A., using raindrop imprints and bedding-cleavage intersection lineation as strain markers: PALAIOS, v. 30, no. 7, p. 574–588,
    • Mirakian, D.C., Crespi, J.M., Byrne, T.B., Huang, C., Ouimet, W.B., and Lewis, J.C., 2013, Tectonic implications of nonparallel topographic and structural curvature in the higher elevations of an active collision zone, Taiwan: Lithosphere, v. 5, no. 1, p. 49-66,
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