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College of Arts & Sciences
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment


Andrew Leier

Associate Professor
School of the Earth, Ocean and Environment

Phone Number: 803-777-9941
Email: aleier@geol.sc.edu
Office: EWS 212
Research Areas: Energy Resources
Sedimentology & Stratigraphy
Tectonics
Research Summary:

Clastic sedimentology, stratigraphy, sediment provenance, basin analysis, tectonics and sedimentation, stable isotopes, paleoelevation, paleoclimate, petroleum geology, reservoir architecture and characterization.

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Andrew Leier

Positions
2013-current
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, USA
2008-2013
Assistant Professor, Department of Geoscience, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada (tenured 2013)
2006-2008
Hess Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University

Education
2005 Ph.D. in Geology, Department of Geosciences, The University of Arizona
2000 M.S. in Geology, Department of Geology and Geophysics, The University of Wyoming
1996 B.S. in Geology, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

Select Publications
Benyon, C., Leier, A.L., Leckie, D.A., Hubbard, S.M., and Gehrels, G.E., 2016, Sandstone provenance and insights into the paleogeography of the McMurray Formation from detrital zircon geochronology, Athabasca Oil Sands, Canada: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Bulletin, v. 100, p. 269-287.

Quartero, E.M., Leier, A.L., Bentley, L.M., and Glombick, P., 2015, Basin-scale stratigraphic architecture and potential Paleocene distributive fluvial systems of the Cordilleran Foreland Basin, Alberta, Canada: Sedimentary Geology, v. 316, p. 26-38.

Benyon, C., Leier, A., Leckie, D.A., Webb, A., Hubbard, S.M., Gehrels, G., 2014, Provenance of the Cretaceous Athabasca Oil Sands, Canada: Implications for continental-scale sediment transport: Journal of Sedimentary Research, v. 84, p. 136-143.

Leier, A.L., McQuarrie, N., Garzione, C., and Eiler, J., 2013, Stable isotope evidence for multiple pulses of rapid surface uplift in the Central Andes, Bolivia: Earth and Planetary Science Letters, v. 371-372, p. 49-58.

Anfinson, O.A., Leier, A.L., Guest, B., Stockli, D., Dewing, K., and Embry, A.F., 2013, Thermal history of the northern Laurentian margin: apatite and zircon (U-Th)/He thermochronology of the Paleozoic Franklinian Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands: Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, v. 50, p. 761-768.

Raines, M.K., Hubbard, S.M., Kukulski, R.B., Leier, A.L., and Gehrels, G.E., 2013, Sediment dispersal in an evolving foreland: Detrital zircon geochronology from Upper Jurassic and lowermost Cretaceous strata, Alberta Basin, Canada: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v. 125, p. 741-755. 

Anfinson, O., Leier, A.L., Dewing, K., and Embry, A., 2012, Detrital zircon geochronology and provenance of the Franklinian Basin, Canadian Arctic Islands: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.124, p.415-430.

Leier, A.L., and Gehrels, G.E., 2011, Continental scale detrital zircon provenance signatures in Lower Cretaceous strata, western North America: Geology, v. 39, p.399-402.

Pelletier, J.D., Leier, A.L., and Steidtmann, J.R., 2009, Wind-driven reorganization of coarse clasts on the surface of Mars: Geology, v. 37, p.55-58.

Leier, A.L., DeCelles, P.G., Kapp, P., and Ding, L., 2007, The Takena Formation of the Lhasa terrane, Southern Tibet: the record of a retro-arc foreland basin: Geological Society of America Bulletin, v.119, p.31-48.

Select Presentations
-Ames, C., Leier, A., Leckie, D.A., 2016, The detrital zircon record of Cenozoic fluvial systems in the Great Plains of the northern United States and Southern Canada: Geological Society of America Meeting Abstracts with Programs v. 48, 7, GSA Meeting, Denver, CO, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM283575.
-Rubino, E., Leier, A., Archibald, S.B., Cassel, E.J., 2016, Sedimentary and detrital zircon data from Eocene strata exposed in the hinterland of the southern Canadian Cordillera: implications for basin evolution in a collapsing orogen: Geological Society of America Meeting Abstracts with Programs v. 48, 7, GSA Meeting, Denver, CO, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM284307.
-Chesley, J., Leier, A., 2016, Investigating vertical and lateral variability of fluvial deposits: an example from the Salt Wash DFS in east-central Utah: Geological Society of America Meeting Abstracts with Programs v. 48, 7, GSA Meeting, Denver, CO, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM286865.
-Leier, A., Leckie, D.A., 2016, The impact of post-orogenic erosion and sediment transport on the detrital zircon provenance of incipient foreland basins: AAPG Annual Conference and Exhibition, Calgary.
-Foster-Baril, Z., Cassel, E.J., Leier, A., Archibald, S.B., 2016, Eocene basin evolution in the North American Cordilleran hinterland, southern British Columbia: Geological Society of America Meeting Abstracts with Programs v. 48, 7, GSA Meeting, Denver, CO, doi: 10.1130/abs/2016AM287153.
-Rubino, E., Leier, A., Archibald, S.B., Cassel, E.J., 2016, Detrital zircon provenance of Eocene strata in the Cordillera of Southern British Columbia and northern Washington: preliminary results: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.48, 3, Southeastern GSA Meeting, Columbia, SC. doi: 10.1130/abs/2016SE-273896
-Chesley, J., and Leier, A., 2016, Investigating medial-to-distal DFS deposits using structure-from-motion photogrammetry: an example from the Salt Wash Member of the Morrison Formation, East-Central Utah: Geological Society of America Abstracts with Programs, v.48, 3, Southeastern GSA Meeting, Columbia, SC. doi: 10.1130/abs/2016SE-273080

Funding
2016 PI, ACS, PRF New Directions, UAV and SfM 3-D characterization of fluvial outcrops
2012 PI, Nexen, Provenance of Lower Cretaceous sandstones, Western Canada
2012 Collaborator with 2 others, Canada Foundation for Innovation, Thermochronology Lab
2011 Co-PI with 1 other, Devon Energy, Fluvial stratigraphy of the Manatokan Field
2011 Nexen Inc., Detrital zircon provenance of the McMurray Formation
2010 Co-PI with 4 others, NSERC -National Science and Engineering Research Council, Canada - Collaborative and Development Grant

Unpublished studies/talks
2014 Kellogg, J.N., Saeid, E., Leier, A., Topoyaco Block Technical Report, 2014, A project to generate a stratigraphic and structural framework for Topoyaco Block, Columbia: Determine possible reasons for oil biodegradation and its relation to oil generation and migration versus trap synchronization: Pacific Rubiales Energy.
2013 Nexen Inc. Production
2012 Coderre, A., Pouderoux, H., Pedersen, P., and Leier, A., 2012, Reservoir characterization of the Manatoken Field, PTRC (Petroleum Technology Research Centre) Meeting, Calgary, AB.
2003, ExxonMobil Production Company
2003 BP Deepwater Development
2001 ConocoPhillips Deepwater Exploration and Production
1998 Union Pacific Resources Co., Deepwater Exploration

Professional Associations
AAPG, AGU, GSA, SEPM, CSPG, IAS, GAC