Two alumni recognized by the GAC

Two alumni of Acadia Geology were recognized by high-profile awards by the Geological Association of Canada in 2021.

Dr. Brendan Murphy, recently retired as a professor at St. Francis Xavier University, is awarded the VIP (Volcanic and Igneous Petrology) Career Achievement Award in recognition of an exceptional career with extensive contributions to the understanding of igneous petrology and igneous relationships to tectonism. His impressive career spans 40 years and has yielded more than 325 refereed publications and numerous Canadian and international awards and research grants. His knowledge and expertise have been transmitted to thousands of students in dozens of mineralogy and petrology course deliveries, the writing of two textbooks and the supervision of research students. Brendan graduated with his MSc from Acadia in 1977, supervised by Sandra Barr.

Dr. Jean-Luc Pilote, now working for the Geological Survey of Canada in Quebec City, receives the William Harvey Gross Award, which is bestowed annually by the Mineral Deposits Division of the Geological Association of Canada to a geoscientist less than 40 years of age who has made a significant contribution to the field of economic geology in a Canadian context. Jean-Luc graduated with his MSc from Acadia in 2011, supervised by Sandra Barr.


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