Dr. J. Vaughn Barrie

Research Scientist
Natural Resources Canada

Current research and/or projects

Dr. Barrie is a research scientist at the Pacific Geoscience Centre of the Geological Survey of Canada, and Professor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria. He received his B.Sc. from the University of Calgary and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. (1986) from the University of Wales where his research focused on sedimentary processes on the continental shelves of the United Kingdom and Atlantic Canada. In 1979 he initiated the marine geology program at C-CORE (Centre for Cold Ocean Resources Engineering) of Memorial University of Newfoundland, which he managed until 1987. In 1989 Dr. Barrie joined the Pacific Division of the Geological Survey of Canada and since 1992 he has been Head of Marine Studies. Dr. Barrie is past president of the Marine Geoscience Division of the Geological Association of Canada and is presently the Canadian Director to the Circum-Pacific Council. His research has centered on four areas, 1) Quaternary geology of the Canadian continental shelves, 2) marine geological hazards on the continental shelf and coastal zone, 3) geoscience of ocean management and habitat, and 4) mechanisms for the formation and preservation of marine mineral deposits.

Professional activities / interests

- Project Leader of the Geoscience for Ocean Management of Queen Charlotte Basin Project

- Project Manager of "Bathymetric Mapping, Habitat Characterization, and Geohazards Assessment of the San Jan Archipelago: a U.S. – Canadian Cooperative Venture" with Moss Landing Marine Laboratories of California and NOAA

- Participant of the Canadian Climate Change Action Fund project "Coastal vulnerability to climate change and sea level rise, Graham Island, Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)"

- Canadian representative to International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Working Group on the Effects of Extraction of Marine Sediments on the Marine Ecosystem

- Pacific Scientific Advice Review Committee (PSARC) on Habitat Management for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans

- Supervision of 3 M.Sc. students and 1 PhD. student.

Education and awards

B.Sc. University of Calgary.

M.Sc. and Ph.D University of Wales (1986).