September Field Season

September Field Season

I have the best office view in  Canada

There is not a more beautiful time of year in Parrsboro than September and October. The weather is perfect, with lots of sun in the day but refreshing cool evenings.

High tide sedimentation patterns at Wasson Bluff

Parrsboro, Nova Scotia has some of the most stunning views of the Bay of Fundy, and September is one of the most beautiful times of year to visit this area.

Low-tide was this around 2 pm this afternoon, so it was a great time to get to Wasson Bluff for a few hours of prospecting field work. It was a productive afternoon with several new specimens collected.

These specimens will be examined tomorrow in the Fossil Research Lab at the Fundy Geological Museum.  If you visit the museum this weekend (Sept 6-7th), ask about the specimens at the front counter. We’ll let you know where you can see these new specimens yourself.

Stay tuned to the Museum’s Facebook page for updates on these specimens.

Fossil Preparation Lab

Fossil Preparation Lab

Museum Ball Cap

This week I joined the team of the Fundy Geological Museum. As Director of the museum, I will be building capacity for museum visitation, education programs, and research.

The FGM is located in Parrsboro, Nova Scotia, on the northern shore of the Minas Basin, Bay of Fundy. The Town is a jewel in northern Nova Scotia, filled with creative people with inspiring stories. There are also dinosaurs in the sandstone cliffs!

One of the first tasks on my first day as Director was to begin working with the Acadia University co-op students, to reorganize the museum’s fossil preparation lab. During the next six weeks the students will begin training on fossil preparation, the job of carefully exposing the fragile fossil bone.

fossil lab cleaning

The photo (right) shows us at the start of our work of cleaning the reorganizing the lab space. By the end of the week we will have two fossil preparation stations established.

The museum’s fossil preparation lab is unique in Atlantic Canada. We are the only fully equipped fossil preparation lab east of Montreal. Visitors to the museum can look into the fossil lab from the exhibit gallery, and this summer, students working in the lab will come out to the gallery to answer questions. Come the museum this summer to see dinosaur bones being cleaned in the lab.

Stay tuned for more updates from the Fundy Geological Museum fossil preparation lab.

I will also be leading a small research collection expedition this summer, to collect new small vertebrate remains from the Wasson Bluff research site. Stay tuned to the Facebook page and Twitter @FundyGeo for more updates from the lab and the field.

If you have any questions or comments, please leave a comment below.

Podcast Roadtrip

Podcast Roadtrip

On Monday I will officially begin my new role as Director of the Fundy Geological Museum. I will continue to post updates in this blog, giving updates about research and providing background information and stories related to projects being carried out at the museum. I hope you will follow along, and please feel free to comment on any of the posts or follow me on Twitter @FundyGeo.

Yesterday I drove from Halifax to Parrsboro, to move some books, papers and other resources related to my research projects. As I will now be spending more time in the car, I thought it would be a good time to begin listening to the PalaeoCast podcasts series. I downloaded the free episodes on my iPhone and listened to the first four episodes on the drive up and back


The first PalaeoCast episode begins, well, at the beginning.  Dave Marshall speaks with Dr. Leila Battison about her work with the origin of life and the search for life on other planets. The episode and others in the series were very thought provoking, and a great way to spend the time in the car.

I highly recommend checking out the Palaeocast series – it is excellent!