Dr. Richard Hebda

Curator of Botany and Earth History

Richard Hebda has been with the Royal BC Museum since 1980, and curator of Botany and Earth History since 1986. Since 1984 he has also held a faculty position at the University of Victoria’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences. His PhD in botany is from the University of British Columbia.

Curator of the climate change exhibit, Richard uses his research with plant fossils and their distribution over time and place to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. He also studies ethnobotany of BC First Nations, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.

With his graduate students, he has written more than 120 scientific papers and 250 popular articles. He has been co-author or co-editor of eight books and major reports, and serves as the province’s expert advisor on Burns Bog and science advisor on paleontology.


PhD, botany, University of British Columbia

Areas of Interest

Impacts of climate change on ecosystems

Restoration of natural systems and processes

Timing and extent of the last ice age

Specialty: Vegetation and climate history of BC

Contact Dr. Richard Hebda

Email: rhebda@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

Latest Articles

Hooker’s Onion

March 22, 2017 10:36 am

Allium acuminatum We are fortunate to have six species of attractive native flowering onions in British Columbia. Nodding onion (Allium cernuum) is widespread. […]

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February 9, 2017 10:45 am

Heracleum maximum Many of the vegetables we eat came originally from Europe, Asia and Latin America. The aboriginal peoples of British Columbia were […]

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Mountain Sorrel

February 6, 2017 11:13 am

Oxyria dignya Wild nibbles make a pleasant treat while hiking in the bush. Most often the tasty treat con­sists of berries of one […]

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January 31, 2017 10:45 am

Rubus parviflorus British Columbia is home to shrubs with many uses. For ex­ample our Oregon-grapes (Berberis or Mahonia species) make excellent year-round or­namentals, […]

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Pacific Crab Apple

January 17, 2017 12:31 pm

Malus fusca Have you sometimes wondered what the wild ancestors of our highly-bred food plants may have looked like? The wild apples that […]

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