Melissa Grey, Ph.D., Curator of Paleontology

Current and recent research

Broad research interests

My overall research interests involve exploring fundamental questions regarding the tempo and mode of evolutionary processes as they apply to morphological evolution. The fossil record is the primary source of information about rates and patterns of evolution as it allows for a deep-time perspective coupled with the potential to use rigorous statistical techniques.

Joggins research

The Joggins Fossil Cliffs are ideal for the study of the Carboniferous (Pennsylvanian) ecosystem and in particular the evolution of the flora and fauna within it. Joggins provides a unique opportunity to investigate evolution within changing ecosystems because it has preserved the richest sampling of terrestrial life during the Pennsylvanian. The fossil record at Joggins represents a broad ecological spectrum including flora and fauna from the entire food web within a variety of landscapes, such as wetlands and seasonal drylands.


  • Ph.D., Geological Sciences: University of British Columbia (BC, Canada)
  • MSc, Zoology: University of Guelph (ON, Canada)
  • BScH, Biology: Acadia University (NS, Canada)

Professional affiliations

  • International Subcommission on Carboniferous Stratigraphy, Corresponding member
  • Geological Association of Canada, Paleontology Division, 1st term Councillor
  • Atlantic Geoscience Society, Education Committee, member
  • Atlantic Geoscience Society, Bay of Fundy Video Committee, member
Published: 2016-05-05