Jean Bédard

Research Geoscientist - Field of Expertise: Igneous Petrology, Geochemistry, Archaen and Appalachians Tectonics

Current research and/or projects


What is the focus of you research?

I study the origins of oceanic and continental crusts, flood basalts, magma evolution processes, and paleo tectonics.

Research and/or project statements

What is the significance of your research?

My research contributes to documenting underestimated processes in magma evolution by providing detailed information that increases our understanding of those processes. I am also involved in a proposed new tectonic paradigm for the Archean era and Venus. I have demonstrated a crustal source for anorthosite massifs, which were previously considered to be of purely mantle origin. I have also developed a sill model for the formation of the lower oceanic crust. 

By increasing our knowledge of these unrecognized systems and processes, we can refine exploration strategies and increase the associated economic benefits and support impartial and informed decisions in order to more effectively plan the future of Canada’s natural resources.   

Education and awards


PhD: Université de Montréal, 1985

MSc: McGill University, 1981


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