Murray Gingras

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Science - Earth & Atmospheric Sciences Admin
Email
mgingras@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-1963
Address
3-011 Centennial Ctr For Interdisciplinary SCS II
11335 Saskatchewan Drive NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2H5

Overview

About
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
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

Courses

EAS 201 - Earth Science I

A non-laboratory 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 interactions with the Earth. Mineral and energy resources. Not available to students with credit in EAS 100, 101, 102, 210 or SCI 100. (Note: EAS 201 and EAS 200 are considered to be equivalent to EAS 100 for prerequisite purposes). [Faculty of Science]

Spring Term 2020
EAS 209 - Geology of Western Canada and the National and Provincial Parks

An overview of the geology and landscapes of Western Canada. The spectacularly exposed rocks of the prairie and mountain parks of Alberta and British Columbia will be fitted into a regional geological framework and examples from parks such as Yoho, Banff, Jasper, Dinosaur, and Kananaskis will be highlighted. Geological processes of mountain building and past and present landscape evolution will be emphasized. Prerequisite: One of EAS 100, 101, 103, 105, 201, 210 or SCI 100. [Faculty of Science]

Spring Term 2020
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 Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students 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]

Winter Term 2021
EAS 364 - Petroleum Geology and Subsurface Methods

Source rocks and origin of petroleum; principles of fluid migration; reservoir rocks and traps. Exploration and development of hydrocarbon plays using subsurface techniques. Introduction to reservoir evaluation and hydrocarbon production. Prerequisite: EAS 336 or consent of instructor. Not available to students with credit in EAS 424 or 430.

Winter Term 2021
EAS 465 - Sedimentology

The science of sedimentary rocks, focusing on the interpretation of sedimentary strata. Topics vary: visit the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences course listing website for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic is repeated. Topics include: (1) Carbonate Sedimentology and Diagenesis; (2) Clastic Sedimentology. Prerequisite: EAS 336.

Winter Term 2021
EAS 565 - Advanced Sedimentology

The science of sedimentary rocks, focusing on the interpretation of sedimentary strata. Topics vary: visit the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences course listing website for details. May be taken more than once for credit provided no topic in EAS 565 or EAS 465 is repeated. Topics include: (1) Carbonate Sedimentology and Diagenesis; (2) Clastic Sedimentology. Classes concurrent with EAS 465.

Winter Term 2021