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Emeritus Professor, Earth Sciences, Simon Fraser University

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. He is former Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. 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 the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia (APEGBC). He is recipient of the Geological Society of America Burwell Award, the Royal Society of Canada Bancroft Award, APEGBC’s Innovation Editorial Board Award, the Geological Association of Canada’s (GAC) E.R.W Neale Medal, GAC’s Logan Medal and Ambrose Medal, and Geoscientists Canada 2019 Professional Geoscientist Award. He was the 2007-2008 Richard Jahns Distinguished Lecturer for the Geological Society of America and Association of Environmental and Engineering Geology, and received an Honorary PhD from the University of Waterloo in 2017. In 2020, Clague was inducted as an Officer of the Order of Canada.


  • 1998–2016
    Professor, Simon Fraser University
  • 1975–1998
    Research Scientist, Natural Resources Canada


  • 2021
    Geomorphology and Natural Hazards: Understanding Lanscape Change for Disaster Mitigation, John Wiley & Sons

Professional Memberships

  • Geological Society of America, American Geophysical Union, European Geophysical Union, Geological Association of Canada


Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Officer, Order of Canada