EES Departmental Seminar: Dr. Tim Fedak, Nova Scotia Museum

Tim J. Fedak, Ph.D.
Curator of Geology, Nova Scotia Museum
Adjunct, Dept. of Earth & Env. Sciences, Dalhousie University

Title: Historic Geology Collections & the Culture of Geology in Nova Scotia

Abstract: Dr. Tim Fedak has been researching the history of the Nova Scotia Museum geology collection, which includes fossil and mineral specimens that date back to the early 1800’s. This seminar will provide an overview of several untold stories in the history of geology of Nova Scotia. Topics will include the earliest described and illustrated fossil from Nova Scotia, Asaphus crytpurus (1830), Charles Lyell’s visit in 1842, and information about Charles Fletcher, Elizabeth King, Samuel Gaskin, and Eldon George from Parrsboro. Using historical collections and geological maps, this seminar will provide new biographies of geology collections and prompt you to consider – what is our culture of geology?

Biography: Dr. Fedak has been the Curator of Geology at the Nova Scotia Museum since 2017. He completed his dissertation at Dalhousie in 2007, describing and studying the Early Jurassic dinosaurs from Parrsboro. Fedak is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, a life member of the Nova Scotian Institute of Science, and is the current Secretary of the Geological Association of Canada.



Milligan Room, 8th Floor Biology-Earth Sciences Wing, Life Sciences Centre, Dalhousie University