Dr Andrew D La Croix


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-response dynamics that control the character and distribution of facies. I integrate sedimentology, ichnology, and stratigraphy to study modern depositional environments and build analogues for deciphering the sedimentary record. 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 hydrocarbon and CO2 reservoirs.

Research Supervised

M.Sc. (Research)

  • Podrumac, Anya (in progress). Process Sedimentology and Neoichnology of Port Waikato, North Island, New Zealand.

Teaching Commitments


Geology; Science

Sedimentology; Ichnology; Stratigraphy; Petroleum Geoscience; Carbon Storage

Recent Publications

  • 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

  • Hayes, P., Nicol, C., La Croix, A. D., Pearce, J., Gonzalez, S., Wang, J., . . . Gornall, D. (2019). Enhancing geological and hydrogeological understanding of the Precipice Sandstone aquifer of the Surat Basin, Great Artesian Basin, Australia, through model inversion of managed aquifer recharge datasets. Hydrogeology Journal. doi:10.1007/s10040-019-02079-9

  • Wang, J., La Croix, A. D., Gonzalez, S., He, J., & Underschultz, J. (2019). Sequence stratigraphic analysis of the Lower Jurassic Precipice Sandstone and Evergreen Formation in the Surat Basin, Australia: Implications for the architecture of reservoirs and seals for CO2 storage. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 102, 829-843. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2019.01.038

  • He, J., La Croix, A. D., Wang, J., Ding, W., & Underschultz, J. R. (2019). Using neural networks and the Markov Chain approach for facies analysis and prediction from well logs in the Precipice Sandstone and Evergreen Formation, Surat Basin, Australia. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 101, 410-427. doi:10.1016/j.marpetgeo.2018.12.022

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Contact Details

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La Croix, Dr Andrew 9112 alacroix EF.1.04 Earth Sciences

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