Eric W. Mountjoy

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Eric Walter Mountjoy PhD FRSC (1931 – 18 June 2010)[1] was an award-winning Canadian geologist, who spent much of his career as a professor at McGill University. He was a foremost expert on sedimentology, Devonian reefs, carbonate diagenesis, porosity development and the structure of the Rocky Mountains. His research has provided useful applications to the petroleum industry.

Early life[edit]

Mountjoy was raised near Calgary, Alberta, in the 1930s and 1940s. Regular visits to the nearby mountains led him into a career of geological research.

He obtained a B.A.Sc. from the University of British Columbia in 1955 and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1960.


From 1957 to 1963, Mountjoy worked for the Geological Survey of Canada, first as a technical officer, then as a geologist.

He left the survey to be an assistant professor at McGill University. In 1969, he was promoted to associate professor. In 1974, he was made a full professor. Between 1993 and 1998, Mountjoy was a Logan Professor. At the time of his death (2010) he was professor emeritus in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, McGill University.

Most of Mountjoy’s research has concentrated on Jasper National Park's Miette area, and in particular on its exposed coral reefs from the Devonian period (395 million to 345 million years ago).

Mountjoy, with Queen's University professor Raymond A. Price, mapped most of the Canadian Rockies between Banff and Jasper. This work produced cross-sections, which have become classic representations of the structure of a thrust-fold mountain belt and have been published in many textbooks.

He also studied ancient and modern reef geology, carbonate petrology and diagenesis, carbonate reservoirs and stratigraphy. He visited and applied his knowledge to the geology of Australia, China and Germany.

He directed the research of over 50 master's and doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to become professors.

Mountjoy died June 18, 2010, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.


In his memory, in 2014 the Geological Association of Canada instituted the Eric Mountjoy Exchange Award. The award is made annually to a student or post-doctoral researcher at a Canadian university, and provides a grant to facilitate travel for research collaboration between their institution and another either within or outside the province of Quebec, depending on their own location.[2]



  1. ^ "Obituary: Eric W. Mountjoy". Toronto Star. 19 June 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "Eric Mountjoy Exchange Award". Geological Association of Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2015. 

Other sources[edit]

  • Qing, H. and Mountjoy, E.W. (2004): Petrography and geochemistry of Presqu'ile Dolomite, Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, In Dolomites the Spectrum, Can. Soc. Petrol. Geol. Seminar and Core Conf., January 13–15, 2004, Calgary, (available on compact disk).
  • Mountjoy, E.W., Windth, J., Price, R.A., and Douglas, R.J.W., (2001): George Creek, 83 C10, Geology and structure cross-section, Alberta, Geological Survey of Canada. Map no.1990A, scale 1:50,000.
  • Stevenson, R.K., Whittaker, S. and Mountjoy, E.W. (2000): Geochemical and Nd isotopic evidence for sedimentary-source changes in the Devonian miogeocline of the southern Canadian Cordillera, Geological Society of America Bulletin, 112, 531-539.
  • Qing, H. and Mountjoy, E.W. (1995): Paleohydrology of the Canadian Rockies and origins of brines, Pb-Zn deposits and dolomitization in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin: Comment and reply, Geology, 23, 189-190.
  • Qing H. and Mountjoy, E.W. (1994): Formation of coarse-crystalline, hydrothermal dolomite reservoirs in the Presqu'ile Barrier, Western Canada Sedimentary Basin, Am. Assoc. Petroleum Geologists Bull., 78, 55-77.
  • McGill Faculty Bio
  • McGill Reporter- November 6, 1997
  • Ediacaran reefs and shelly fossils in Miette Group
  • McGill- October 1998 Convocation

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