Deborah Skilliter

Geology Curator

Deborah is our Curator of Geology. As a child, she was fascinated with the natural world, spending countless hours collecting frogs, toads, salamanders, lizards – even black widow spiders (she grew up on two continents). She discovered her true calling during her first palaeontology class at university. “In palaeontology, you have to be able to imagine the past environments and you have to be able to see things three-dimensionally.” She loves trying to picture the missing pieces when only a small fossil fragment is found. And she loves all the Greek and Latin names – each with its own special meaning. Deborah says Nova Scotia is one of the best places in the world to be a geologist. “For a very small province, Nova Scotia has an incredibly diverse geological history spanning over a billion years, bringing together at least three ancient continents.”