President of the European Geosciences Union
April 2005 – April 2007
Vice-President of the European Geosciences Union
April 2007 – April 2008
His university training in the UK was in Environmental Sciences at the University of Lancaster and he earned a doctorate in Igneous Petrology from the University of Manchester. In 1976 he moved to the USA and Canada where he has worked at the Lamont Doherty Earth Institute of Columbia University and with Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in the USA and was Professor of Geochemistry at the Université de Montréal in Canada. He moved to France in1994 and served as director of the CNRS – CRPG Centre de Recherche Pétrographiques et Petrographiques and the in Fédération de Recherche « Eau-Sol-Terre » in Nancy, France, where he also taught Early Earth Processes at the French National School of Geology (ENSG-Nancy).
His fields of research include crustal evolution, mafic magmatism through time, and early Earth processes. He has been the lead participant in the Ocean Drilling Programme projects and was the leader of the Precambrian geology part of the Canadian Lithoprobe project which associated the National Environment Research Council, the Geological Survey of Canada and industry. He is author of about 150 published articles in fields ranging from geochemical models of Earth’s evolution to high-resolution geophysics applied to mining regions.