Interview with Dr. John J. Clague

Welcome to the first Geo-Insider interview on the sedimentology theme! 


  We sincerely thank Dr. John J. Clague for his time and for sharing his expertise with us! 

John Clague is Emeritus Professor at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA), the University of California Berkeley (MA), and the University of British Columbia (PhD). Clague worked as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada from 1975 until 1998. In 1998 he accepted a faculty position in Department of Earth Sciences at Simon Fraser University. Clague is a Quaternary geologist with research specializations in glacial geology, geomorphology, natural hazards, and climate change. Clague is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, former President of the Geological Association of Canada, and Past-President of the International Union for Quaternary Research and Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC). He received an Honorary PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2017 and in 2020 was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada. Although ‘retired’, Clague is currently Editor in Chief of the journal Natural Hazards.

Get to Know

In this interview you will find out…

  • How scientists reconstruct the past environments (examples of methods).
  • Why sedimentology is useful and important for the global community.
  • Some personal favorite carrier moments from Dr. Clague.
  • Advice on how to better share the interest for sedimentology (with stories too!).
  • and more!!!

Stay Informed

After watching the interview you might find interesting…

  1.  The paper mentioned in the interview by Dr. John J. Clague et al: Blais-Stevens, Andrée & Clague, John & Mathewesd, R. & Hebdae, R. & Bornholdf, B.. (2003). Record of large, Late Pleistocene outburst floods preserved in Saanich Inlet sediments, Vancouver Island, Canada. Quaternary Science Reviews – QUATERNARY SCI REV. 22. 10.1016/S0277-3791(03)00212-9
  2. Other Geo-Insider content on this theme!
Thank you very much for watching!!!
Special thanks to Courtney Jermyn, the Director of Earth Science Matters, for making this interview possible!