Why should I conduct research at Joggins?
Joggins is a World Heritage Site for representing the Carboniferous Period. The oldest known reptile (Hylonomus lyelli) is found here as well as representatives of the entire food web, from primary producers to carnivores. Fossils, including the famous upright “forests,” are found in situ and are constantly being uncovered by the powerful tides of the Bay of Fundy. 14.7 km (9.1 mi) of exposed section on a beautiful beach make this an excellent setting for research.
What facilities do you have?
We have office and laboratory space and a fossil collection of Joggins material housed here. The laboratory is basic, but we are partnered with the Fundy Geological Museum, a facility that has a fully-operational lab for preparatory work and is only 40 minutes away.
We are more than happy to help assist you with questions or planning your visit. Please contact Dr. Melissa Grey, Curator of Palaeontology, at the Joggins Fossil Institute.
Can I collect fossils for the purposes of research?
No. In order to collect fossils you must first obtain a Heritage Research Permit from the Province of Nova Scotia.