Science Advisory Committee

a group of members of the Joggins Fossil Institute Science Advisory Committee walking the beach at Joggins, Nova Scotia.

The JFI Science Advisory Committee is composed of scientists from Maritime universities and government departments. This is a volunteer committee whose mission is to: provide expert and comprehensive advice and support to the JFI on scientific matters respecting the development, conservation and management of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs property, the content of the Joggins Fossil Centre’s programs, scientific research related to the fossil cliffs, and scientific issues arising from the site’s status as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Committee also assists in reporting on the status of monitoring programs and state of conservation of the Joggins Fossil Cliffs property.


Dr. Jeff Ollerhead

Jeff Ollerhead is a member of the Geography and Environment Department at Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB. He is a coastal geomorphologist who studies beaches and salt marshes. In recent years, he has been particularly involved in designing and monitoring salt marsh restorations in the upper Bay of Fundy.


Dr. Jade Atkins

  • Curator, Director of Science & Research, Joggins Fossil Institute
  • Areas of interest: Vertebrate paleontology, evolution, development, and accessibility and outreach

Dr. Nikole Bingham-Koslowski

  • Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Areas of interest: Sedimentary basins, sedimentology/stratigraphy (carbonates and shales), invertebrate paleontology, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction

John Cormier

  • Coordinator, Special Places, Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage

Dr. Lynn Dafoe

  • Research Scientist, Geological Survey of Canada
  • Areas of interest: Sedimentary basin geology and trace fossils

Dr. Tim Fedak

  • Curator of Geology, Nova Scotia Museum.
  • Areas of interest: Paleontology and museum collections

Julie Paquet

  • Senior Wildlife Biologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Areas of interest: Ecology and conservation of migratory shorebirds in the Atlantic Flyway

Danielle J. Serratos, M.S.

  • Director/Curator at the Fundy Geological Museum
  • Areas of interest: Vertebrate paleontology, phylogenetics, museum studies & administration, and science outreach

Dr. Mo Snyder

  • Assistant Professor, Acadia University
  • Areas of interest: Soft-sediment deformation, salt tectonics, geoscience education, virtual and augmented reality, and field mapping

Amy Tizzard, P.Geo

  • Regional Geologist, Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources

Dr. Grant Wach

  • Professor, Dalhousie University
  • Area of interest: Petroleum geoscience
Published: 2016-05-05