John England, O.C., FRSC, is Professor Emeritus, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta. His scientific contributions result from more than 50 years of fieldwork across Canada's Arctic Archipelago documenting the nature of environmental change spanning Ice Age to present. This research focuses in the reconstruction of the extent, chronology, and dynamics of former ice sheets; related and ongoing sea level change; and associated records concerning permafrost, sea ice, and ocean currents. Collectively, these provide a time-lapse reconstruction of the Arctic environment that places modern change in a necessary, long-term perspective.
He is an advocate for the value and importance of northern science and increased public awareness of the precious heritage of the Canadian Arctic landscape. John proposed, and was instrumental in the creation of Canada's northernmost National Park, Quttinirpaaq, Ellesmere Island. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 in recognition of his dedication to Arctic science, public outreach, and education. He has supervised more than 30 graduate students in Arctic research that continue prominent Arctic careers and has worked closely with Aurora College in Inuvik in mentoring Gwitch’in and Inuvialuit students.