Dr. Benoit Beauchamp is a Professor of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. He obtained his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in geology at the Université de Montréal studying Carboniferous carbonates from Western Canada. Subsequently he moved to Calgary to pursue a Ph.D. in geology at the University of Calgary. For his dissertation, he studied Carboniferous and Permian carbonate rocks in the Canadian Arctic. After obtaining his Ph.D. in 1987, Benoit worked for 18 years as a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada in Calgary, leading major field expeditions to the High Arctic. In 2005, he became the Executive Director of the Arctic Institute of North America at UofC, where he carried on with his arctic geological research. In 2011, he returned to the Department of Geoscience as a full-time professor; he currently teaches Carbonate Sedimentology and Basin Analysis, in addition to supervising more than a dozen graduate students. Much of Dr. Beauchamp’s research interests revolve around understanding the Late Paleozoic-Early Triassic sequences and petroleum systems of the Sverdrup Basin in Canada’s High Arctic, arguably one of the world’s most spectacular and lithologically diverse sedimentary basins. Comparative work takes him to exotic places from Svalbard to Oman.