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
Edmonton AB
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 222 - Stratigraphy and Sedimentation

Origin of sedimentary materials; sedimentary processes; sedimentary structures, textures, and flow regimes; properties and classification of clastic and non-clastic rocks; sedimentary environments and facies in non-marine, coastal and marine settings; principles of stratigraphy, stratigraphic nomenclature and the stratigraphic column. Prerequisite: One of EAS 101, 103, 105 or 210. [Faculty of Science]

EAS 354 - Environmental Earth Science Field School

Introduction to fieldwork in geomorphology, biogeography and microclimatology. Elementary field mapping, the use of electronic field instrumentation for hydrological, water quality and micro-climatological monitoring, mapping and analysis of vegetation patterns, and techniques for the field description and laboratory analysis of soils and sediments. Introductory lectures and ten days of fieldwork. Requires payment of additional student instructional support fees. Refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar. Prerequisites: EAS 225, 250 and either 270 or 327, or consent of Instructor. [Faculty of Science]

EAS 364 - Basin Resources and Subsurface Methods

The characterization of sedimentary rock properties in the subsurface. Subsurface mapping techniques. An overview of the types of resources exploited in sedimentary basins and the distributions of those resources. Prerequisites: EAS 222 or consent of instructor. [Faculty of Science]

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