Murray Gingras

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin


Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
(780) 492-1963
3-011 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
T6G 2H5

Associate Chair, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin



I received my Diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1987, a BSc from the University of Alberta in 1995 and PhD from the University of Alberta in 1999. I have worked professionally in the hydrocarbon industry, at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of New Brunswick. My research focuses on using sedimentology and ichnology to interpret sedimentary rock successions. This broad field has strong links to the hydrocarbon industry, is used extensively in paleoclimatology, and is applied in modern sedimentary environments.


Research area

Ichnology, sedimentology, petroleum geology, modern sedimentary environments, stratigraphy

Research interest

Using ichnology and sedimentology to better understand hydrocarbon reservoirs

Research opportunity
  • Modern sedimentological research on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North America


EAS 100 - Planet Earth

Introduction to the origin and evolution of the Earth and the solar system. Introduction to plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Simple energy balances and interactions between radiation and the atmosphere, land, oceans, ice masses, and the global hydrological cycle. Evolution of life, biogeography, and global climate in the context of geologic time. The carbon cycle. Human interaction with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. This course may not be taken for credit if credit has been obtained in EAS 200 or 201.

Winter Term 2023

EAS 234 - Geology Field School

Geological field studies with emphasis on properties of sedimentary rocks, paleontology, stratigraphy, Quaternary geology, structural mapping, and Cordilleran tectonics. Field exercises teach the fundamentals of recording field data, reconstructing depositional environments, and tectonic interpretation. This field school takes place immediately following the Winter examination period. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Enrolment is restricted to honours and specialization students in Geology, Environmental Earth Sciences and Paleontology. Prerequisites: EAS 233, and one of EAS 222, 235 or 236. Cannot be taken if credit has already been received for EAS 237. [Faculty of Science]

Fall Term 2022

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