Bedrock geology of east-central Coast Mountains and Insular Belt of BC (Haida Gwaii and Vancouver Island);
Cretaceous-Paleogene stratigraphy and petroleum resources of NE Nunavut;
Molluscan paleontology, biostratigraphy, and biogeography of western and Arctic North America Cretaceous deposits;
Comparative analysis of Cretaceous stratigraphic successions, circum-North Pacific region;
Government policy and management of paleontological resources.
Jim Haggart is a specialist in Mesozoic stratigraphy and paleontology, having undertaken research on successions of western North America, northern Europe, and east Asia. Putting fossils to work on local applications, Jim has led bedrock geologic mapping projects on Haida Gwaii (formerly Queen Charlotte Islands) and Vancouver Island, and in volcanic/plutonic regimes of the Bella Coola and Whitesail Lake regions of BC. More recently, he has undertaken studies of the petroleum resource potential of Cretaceous-Paleogene successions of northeast Nunavut. Jim's studies of the geographic distributions of Cretaceous molluscan fossil groups of North America have provided evidence bearing on the geological history of the so-called €œexotic€ terranes of the Canadian Cordillera. Jim also works actively with the Province of British Columbia and the general paleontological community in BC to develop more efficient programs to manage the fossil resources of the province. He is a Vice-Chair of the Cretaceous Subcommission of the International Commission on Stratigraphy (ICS) and is also Representative for the Cretaceous of the Canadian Federation of Earth Sciences (CFES) Stratigraphic Commission.
B.Sc. (University of Arizona, Tucson)
M.Sc. (University of California, Davis)
Ph.D. (University of California, Davis)