Brian Hebert has had an eye for fossils from a very young age. He grew up overlooking the Joggins Fossil Cliffs where he could be found on the beach every day searching the cliffs for new discoveries. He has been giving tours of the fossil cliffs since the age of 12 and was first published at the age of 16. He has impressed several geologists he’s met along the cliffs and continues to work with many of them on research projects to this day.
Brian is a Tourism Certified Professional who holds the highest level of recognition as a Heritage Interpreter after achieving his National Certification provided by Nova Scotia's Tourism Professionals. He was honoured to be asked to give a personal tour to the UNESCO Scientific Advisory Committee which led to Joggins being selected as one of the few fossil localities on the UN's World Heritage Site List.
Most recently, Brian was published in the prestigious Journal of Nature in collaboration with Dr. Hillary Maddin and the Earth Sciences team at Carleton University for a new fossil he found called Dendromaia Unamakiensis. This is a unique find, which gained worldwide recognition, due to the fact there is a mother and juvenile fossilized together, representing what could be the oldest evidence in the world of parental care in amniotes.
Along with his expertise in fossils, Brian also has a keen interest in minerals. Being a part of many well run digs throughout the years and having an extensive mineral collection of his own has led him to having a well rounded knowledge of Nova Scotia rocks and minerals.
Brian’s passion for Nova Scotia geology and local history shines through in every aspect of his tours!