James Maceachern

Professor, Undergrad Curriculum Chair
Earth Sciences

Areas of interest

Dr. James MacEachern's research interests are associated with the integration of ichnology (trace fossil analysis) with sedimentology/facies analysis and genetic stratigraphy (sequence stratigraphy) for the development of refined facies models. The ultimate goal of this research is to place applied ichnology into the hands of sedimentary facies analysts. His research spans a wide range of depositional settings, from arid/semi-arid fluvial systems, strandplain shorefaces, deltaic successions, estuarine incised valley complexes, brackish bay settings, shelf complexes, and submarine fan systems. To a lesser degree, Dr. MacEachern engages in the paleontologic aspects of ichnology as well. The bulk of Dr. MacEachern's research concerns subsurface problems employing core analysis, well log correlations and subsurface mapping, all essential elements of petroleum geology. He also conducts and supervises outcrop field studies.


  • B.Sc. Hons., University of Regina, Canada, 1982
  • M.Sc., University of Regina, 1987
  • Ph.D., University of Alberta, Canada, 1994