Dr. John Clague

Dr. John Clague

Leadership Roles/  Rôles de leadership

Director, Engineers and Geoscientists BC (EGBC) Foundation

Director, Canadian Geological Foundation

Awards/ Prix

2017 Honorary PhD, University of Waterloo

2012 J. Willis Ambrose Medal, Geological Association of Canada

2007 Logan Medal, Geological Association of Canada

2006 E.R. Ward Neale Medal, Geological Association of Canada

2003 Canada Research Chair Tier I, Canada Research Chairs Secretariat, Government of Canada

2002 Bancroft Award, Royal Society of Canada

1999 Christopher J. Westerman Memorial Award, Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia

1998 Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

1995 W.A. Johnston Medal, Canadian Quaternary Association

1988 E.B. Burwell, Jr. Memorial Award, Geological Society of America


John Clague is Shrum Professor of Science at Simon Fraser University. He was educated at Occidental College (BA, 1967), the University of California Berkeley (MA, 1969), and the University of British Columbia (PhD, 1973). 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, where he is currently the Canada Research Chair in Natural Hazard Research. He is Director of the Centre for Natural Hazard Research at SFU. Clague has published over 200 papers in 50 different journals on a range of earth science disciplines, including glacial geology, geomorphology, stratigraphy, sedimentology, and natural hazards, and has consulted for several private-sector firms and government agencies. His graduate students conducted research on natural hazards and late Holocene climate change in western Canada. Clague’s other principle professional interest is improving public awareness of earth science by making relevant geoscience information available to students, teachers, and the general public. He gives frequent talks to school and community groups and is regularly called on by the media to comment on a range of earth science issues. Clague has written two popular books on the geology and geologic hazards of southwest British Columbia, and a textbook on natural hazards.

Selected Publications/ Publications sélectionnées

Precursor slope distress prior to the 2010 Mount Meager landslide, British Columbia
Roberti G, B Ward, B van Wyk de Vries, P Friele, L Perotti, JJ Clague, M Giardino
Landslides 15(4):637-647 (Apr 2018)

A non-hydrostatic model for the numerical study of landslide-generated waves
Si P, J Aaron, S McDougall, J Lu, X Yu, NJ Roberts, JJ Clague
Landslides 15(4):711-726 (Apr 2018)

A multi-century estimate of suspended sediment yield from Lillooet Lake, southern Coast Mountains, Canada
Heideman M, BM Menounos, JJ Clague
Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences 55(1):18-32 (Jan 2018)

Deglaciation of the Cordillera of Western Canada at the end of the Pleistocene
Clague JJ
Cuadernos de Investigatión Geográfica [Geographical Research Letters] 42(2):449-466 (2017)

Paleoecology and ice limits of the early Fraser glaciation (Marine Isotope Stage 2) on Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Canada
Mathewes RW & JJ Clague
Quaternary Research 88(2):277-292 (Sept 2017)

Were they all giants? Perspectives on late Holocene plate-boundary earthquakes at the northern Cascadia subduction zone
Hutchinson I & JJ Clague
Quaternary Science Reviews 169:29-49 (Aug 2017)

Introduction to the special issue of “Slope Tectonics: Inherited Structures, Morphology of Deformation and Catastrophic Failure
Hermanns RL, T Oppikofer, M Jaboyedoff, JJ Clague, G Scarasio-Mugnozza
Geomorphology 289:1-2 (July 2017)

Towards mountains without permanent snow and ice
Huss M, B Bookhagen, C Huggel, D Jacobsen, RS Bradley, JJ Clague, M Vuille, W Buytaert, RD Cayan, G Greenwood, BG Mark, AM Milner, R Weingartner, M Winder
Earth’s Future 5(5):418-435 (May 2017)

Rheological evolution of the Mount Meager 2010 debris avalanche, southwestern British Columbia
Roberti G, P Friele, B van Wyk de Vries, B Ward, JJ Clague, L Perotti, M Giardino
Geophere 13(2):369-390 (Apr 2017)

River piracy and drainage basin reorganization led by climate-driven glacier retreat
Shugar DH, JJ Clague, JL Best, C Schoof, MJ Willis, L Copland, GH Roe
Nature Geoscience 10:370-375 (Apr 2017)

Multiple tropical Andean glaciations during a period of late Pliocene warmth
Roberts NJ, RW Barendregt, JJ Clague
Nature Scientific Reports 7: 41878 (Feb 2017)
Assessing and managing multiple risks in a changing world – The Roskilde recommendations

Stelk H et al.
Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry 36(1):7-16 (Jan 2017)