Dr Andrew D La Croix

Senior Lecturer

Qualifications: B.Sc. (Simon Fraser), M.Sc. (Alberta), Ph.D. (Simon Fraser)

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Research Interests

I conduct research in the broad field of sedimentary geology. My main interest is in the process dynamics that control the character and distribution of siliciclastic sediments (i.e., 'facies analysis'). I integrate sedimentology, ichnology, and stratigraphy to study modern depositional environments and build analogues for deciphering the sedimentary record. These facies analysis studies are vital to understand Earth's past environments and processes. However, my interests are not limited to strata of any specific geological age, or to using a particular method of investigation. I am a proponent of integrated studies that use all available tools to solve geological problems. My research bridges the gap between scientific curiosity and real-world application such as reservoir characterization and modelling of water, hydrocarbon, and CO2 reservoirs.

Research Supervised


  • Kamaruzaman, Erman (in progress). Tectonostratigraphy and seismic geomorphology of North Taranaki Basin, New Zealand.

M.Sc. (Research)

  • Natasha, Smith (in progress). Intertidal sedimentology and neoichnology of the lower Waihou River, New Zealand.
  • Roche, Ben (in progress). Mud deposition along the fluvial to marine transition, lower Waihou River, New Zealand
  • Podrumac, Anya (2021). Process sedimentology of Port Waikato, New Zealand.

Teaching Commitments


Geology; Science

Sedimentology; Ichnology; Stratigraphy; Petroleum Geoscience; Carbon Storage

Recent Publications

  • King, M. R., La Croix, A. D., Gates, T. A., Anderson, P. B., & Zanno, L. E. (2021). Glossifungites gingrasi n. isp., a probable subaqueous insect domicile from the Cretaceous Ferron Sandstone, Utah. Journal of Paleontology, 1-13. doi:10.1017/jpa.2020.115

  • Pearce, J. K., La Croix, A. D., Underschultz, J. R., & Golding, S. D. (2020). Long term reactivity of CO2 in a low salinity reservoir-seal complex. Applied Geochemistry, 114, 104529. doi:10.1016/j.apgeochem.2020.104529

  • He, J., La Croix, A. D., Gonzalez, S., Pearce, J., Ding, W., Underschultz, J. R., & Garnett, A. (2020). Quantifying and modelling the effects of pre-existing basement faults on folding of overlying strata in the Surat Basin, Australia: Implications for fault seal potential. Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, 108207. doi:10.1016/j.petrol.2020.108207

  • Wang, J., Guan, Z., La Croix, A. D., Wang, Q., Ji, L., & Sun, J. (2020). Seismic geomorphology of shallow-water lacustrine deltas in the Paleocene Huanghua Depression, Bohai Bay Basin, eastern China. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 120, 14 pages. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2020.104561

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Contact Details

Name  Extn.  Username  Room  Department
La Croix, Dr Andrew 9112 alacroix F.2.01 Earth Sciences

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